The Doug King Bursary is awarded annually to full-time students in demonstrated financial need who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Endowed in 2021 by Valerie King in memory of her son.
Doug King played many roles at Carleton since 1992. Formal assignments included teacher, researcher, undergraduate and graduate program supervisors, and Chair of the department; but for so many it also included some combination of mentor and friend. In May 2021 Doug lost a short but determined battle with cancer.
Doug cared deeply about the need for humans to recognize that we are part of broader ecosystems, which need to be appreciated and protected. In his personal life he was passionate about sustainable outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing, and this also helped him incorporate a strong field research component in his research efforts. Doug worked to use remote sensing and geospatial analysis to improve our ability to study the composition, strength, and health of vegetation. This work both advanced the science of remote sensing and contributed important lessons for environmental management.