Karen Barton

Karen Barton

Associate Professor

Geography & GIS
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-4620
Candelaria 2200G
Office Hours
W 1:30-3:30 p.m. or by appointment
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Department of Geography & GIS
Campus Box 115
Greeley, CO 80639


Ph.D., University of Arizona, Geography
M.A., University of Arizona, Geography
B.A., University of California, Irvine, Social Ecology

Professional/Academic Experience

Visiting Scholar, University of Yangon, Fulbright Scholar Fellow, May-September 2017.
Co-director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, University of Northern Colorado, 2016-Present.
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Northern Colorado, 2013-present.
Sustainability Scholar in Residence, Center for Teaching and Learning, Spring 2013.
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Northern Colorado, 2008-2013.
Research Coordinator, School of Social Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, 2005-2008.
Instructor, Geography and Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, 2005-2008.
Assistant Professor, Geography Department, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2001-2003.

Research/Areas of Interest

Publications/Creative Works

Barton, K. 2012. Northern Colorado's Millennial Generation: Perceptions of Nature, Society and Technology. Journal of Geography 111: 6 (pp. 213-223).

Barton, K.  & C.  Collins. 2011.  Generational Geographies. Chapter 6 in Geography Handbook for the 21st Century, Sage Publications (Stoltman, J, ed.).

Conway-Gomez, K., Barton, K., Wang, M., Wei, D., Hamilton, M., and Kingsland, M. 2010. Population & natural resources conceptual framework: How does population growth affect the availability of resources? In Solem, M., Klein, P., Muñiz-Solari, O., and Ray, W., eds., AAG Center for Global Geography Education. Available from http://globalgeography.aag.org.

Honors and Awards

2016 Fulbright Teaching/Research Core Fellowship Burma-Myanmar.
2016 Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Fellowship, Senegal.
2012 UNC Engaged Research Scholar Award.
2012 UNC Diversity in the Classroom Award.
2011 UNC Provost Excellence in Teaching Award.
2010 UNC Humanities/Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.
2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Fellowship (Qatar, UAE, Kuwait).
2010 Mortar Board Favorite Professor Award.
2010 UNC Disability Support Services Award.
2007 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Fellowship (Brazil).