Dr.Karen S.Barton

Geographer, Explorer, Storyteller

About Me

Awarded Knight of the Order of the Joola, Senegal, Professor of Geography, GIS, Sustainability @ University of Northern Colorado. 

11 time-Fulbright, Fulbright Hays, Fulbright Specialist awardee, NEH-CAORC Fellow, Royal Geographical Society, Society for Woman Geographers, The Explorers Club. Author: Africa's Joola Shipwreck: Causes and Consequences of a Humanitarian Disaster (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).   Background in marine resource management, humanitarian disasters, alternative energy, community resilience, African-Latin American geographies. Proud first generation scholar, long distance runner, mom.


twitter: @karensbarton1

Geographies of Hope Podcast


The MV Joola in 1995 (Photo: Carol Keicker)

Fieldwork in Senegal (Photo: Marieme Seydi) 

Video of Field expedition to Nepal in Kavre-Palanchok, funded by Fulbright Specialist Program and UNC Hewit Foundation (Production: Dannon Cox).

@Fulbright Scholar Group to Myanmar                                                                                            Kavre-Palanchok Expedition Post-Gorkha Earthquake