Welcome to the Geography Department
For over half a century, the Department of Geography at UNCG has developed its programs and resources to prepare students for careers and advanced research in geography. Geography is an expanding and diverse field focusing on the spatial organization of landscapes from a variety of perspectives. Common pursuits in geographic research include the analysis of population problems, economic development, urban and environmental planning, climate and climate change, the spatial dynamics of vegetation and animal assemblages, earth surface processes and landforms, environmental impacts of human activities, resource management, satellite-based and low-altitude remote sensing, cartography, and geographic information science (GIS).
The Department offers the B.A., M.A. (applied geography), and Ph.D. degrees. Formal concentrations in urban/economic/transportation geography, GIScience/remote sensing, and earth/environmental science are offered within the B.A. program. Post-baccalaureate certificates are available in "Global and Regional Studies in Geography" and "Urban and Economic Development" through the Department.
Congratulations to DJ Perkins (PhD 2015) who was recently hired as a NSF funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. His dissertation was titled "Weather Impacts on Visitor Behavior: A Spatio-Temporal Study of Select U.S. Metropolitan Zoological Parks". His dissertation advisor was Dr. Keith Debbage.
As many of you know we lost one of our master students this summer. He had just been in the department defending his thesis on April 27th, talking to friends and letting everyone know he was getting his act together. Then he was gone three weeks later at age 31. Jacob Kidd (MA, 2015) memorium by Dr. Keith Debbage.
In case you missed it over the summer break, Dr. Keith Debbage was featured in a national story analyzing the top ten best and worst cities to be a driver. The study was conducted by online research firm WalletHub and it included the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Believe it or not, Greensboro was ranked the fourth best city in the nation. The story was carried by NBC News http://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/nyc-worst-city-driving-study-says-what-best-n392751 CNBC http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/17/the-best-and-worst-cities-for-drivers.html the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/worst-cities-for-driving-us_55a665ffe4b04740a3de728d the Chicago Tribune http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-84009108/ and many others.
Congratulations to Hyojin Kim (PhD candidate) for recently being elected as a student board member for the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (TGSG).
Congratulations to Hyojin Kim (co-authored with Dr. Sultana) for their recent publication in the Journal of Transport Geography (Vol 45, 2015) entitled "The impacts of high-speed rail extensions on accessibility and spatial equity changes in South Korea from 2004 to 2018". Their article finds that the spatial equity is degenerated by the extension in 2010/11, but the future HSR extension in 2018 will enhance equitable accessibility to the isolated regions though will not be large enough to close the gaps without more extended HSR networks beyond 2018.
There's is a wonderful article in the News and Record about Dr. Gordon Bennett retiring. It is in the May 6th paper. The title is "UNCG geography professor prepares to retire after 50-year career."
Congratulations to geography major Keith Watkins who received 1st Place in the Science Division of the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award Expo. Keith's presentation was entitled: UNCG's Old-Growth Trees. Keith did a wonderful job presenting his research and represented the Geography Department admirably.
Professor Decha Tangseefa from Thammasat University, Bangkok spoke at the Gamma Theta Upsilon Initiation on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in Graham 109. The title of his talk was "Memory, Community, and Future: AEC, SEZ, and the Thai-Burmese Borderland."
Dylan Coolbaugh, MA expected spring 2015, has accepted a GIS Analyst position at the Publix Super Markets headquarters in Lakeland, FL. Dylan will be performing complex data analyses on markets using specialized expert knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) data including demographics, consumer behaviors (drive times, interests [baby, pets]), spending patterns, competitive landscape and trade area composition. Dylan is Dr. Sultana's advisee. Dylan will be joining Publix on June 1, 2015. Congratulations to Dylan Coolbaugh!
Bryce Gardner, MA expected spring 2015, accepted a GIS Planner position at the Town of Holly Springs, NC in January, 2015. He is the central mapping associate for the entire town staff where he will manage their internal databases, coordinate data collection crews, create an online data viewer for disseminating public data, maintain archived records, produce maps, conduct property research, and prepare accurate planning reports. Bryce is Dr. Sultana's advisee. Congratulations to Bryce Gardner!
Congratulations to Dr. Susan Walcott for her publication in the Fall 2014 issue of the Southeastern Geographer. The title of her article is "Capitalist China Comes to the Southeastern United States: Localizing Foreign Direct Investment in the Carolinas and Georgia".
Congratulations to Thomas Patterson for his publication in the Fall 2014 issue of the Southeastern Geographer. Tommy's article, Geographic Pattern Analysis of North Carolina Climate Division Data: 1895–2013, shows how climate change has affected North Carolina, particularly with a temporal clustering of hotter years near the end of the record.
Dr. Keith G. Debbage recently appeared in a lead story on downtown crime on CBS-WFMY News (November 10th). To see the story, click this link: http://www.wfmynews2.com/story/news/local/2014/11/10/debbage-talks-about-planning-safe-downtowns/18833211/