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Jackie Gallagher - University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA, US

Jackie Gallagher

Chair/Associate Professor | University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Gallagher's expertise focuses on the evolution of landscapes over time.



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Jackie Gallagher's research interests include Quaternary science and geomorphology, particularly the evolution of landscapes over time, as well as field methods, biogeography and the geography of natural hazards. Chair of the University's Department of Geography, Dr. Gallagher teaches mobile geographic information systems and GPS.

Areas of Expertise (6)




Quaternary Science

Geographic Information Systems


Accomplishments (5)

Supplemental Faculty Development Funds (professional)

Awarded by the University of Mary Washington, Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Faculty Research Grant (professional)

Awarded by the University of Mary Washington, Summer 2011.

CESI Land Patterns Program (professional)

With J.C. Volin (FAU), T.J. Givnish (U WisconsinMadison), P.H. Glaser (U. Minnesota). Awarded approximately $800,000 over three years for the "Landscape Model of Ridge and Slough Topography: Integration of Hydrology and Biological Processes" study, March 2002.

Research Grant (professional)

With J. Volin (FAU). Awarded $30,000 by the Seminole Tribe of Florida for the study "Hydrologic monitoring of wetlands of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation", December 2000.

FAU Research Initiative Award (professional)

Awarded $4,723 by Florida Atlantic University for the study "High stage indicators around Lake Okeechobee: their origin, age and significance", January 2000.

Education (3)

University of California, Los Angeles: Ph.D., Geography 1996

Dissertation: Late Holocene evolution of the Chorro delta, Morro Bay, California.

Memorial University of Newfoundland: M.S., Geography 1989

Thesis: The Quaternary geomorphology and glacial history of inner Nachvak Fiord, northern Labrador.

University of Wales, College of Swansea: B.S., Quaternary Studies, Pedology 1985

Affiliations (3)

  • Association of American Geographers
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers
  • Virginia Geographic Alliance

Articles (1)

Ethnography and Fieldwork

Questioning Geography

Steve Herbert, Jacqueline Gallagher and Garth Myers

2005 The history of the discipline of geography is grounded in fieldwork expertise. Long before quantitative analysis and critical theory, geography’s emphasis on earth description necessitated a direct engagement with the physical landscape and the people inhabiting it (Zelinksy, 2001: 3–4). Of course, much of the early cataloguing of the earth, its resources and its peoples was done in the name of colonialism, and thus is a history that some geographers understandably disparage (Godlewska and Smith, 1994; Driver, 2001). For others, the legacy of fieldwork carries with it overly romanticized and masculinist overtones that deservedly call the enterprise into question (Rose, 1993). But many geographers possess an abiding interest in exploration, as a means to understand how the landscape is shaped, and how humans interact with it. The history of both physical and human geography contains pivotal figures who expected students to engage directly with the landscape and those who populated it. Well into the twentieth century, the association between fieldwork and geography remained strong...

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