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.
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/
Dr. Zhi-Jun Liu has received the 2014 American Water Resources Association Boggess Award for his paper "Using Multiple Watershed Models to Predict Water, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Discharges to the Patuxent Estuary" which was published in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.
The Boggess Award was established by AWRA in 1973 to honor the author of the best paper published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association during the previous year. The award was established to honor William R. "Randy" Boggess, a charter member of AWRA, one of the first directors, a past president of the association, a former editor, and an individual who has made significant contributions to the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.
Jacob Turner is in the news again. You can read the article here: http://www.news-record.com/news/solving-the-mystery-of-the-missing-kitchen/article_5dd507e8-53f8-11e4-9dd1-0017a43b2370.html. He is working at the House of the Horseshoe looking for the kitchen. Has he found it? Only time will tell with a lot of digging.
David Perkins (ABD, 2015) recently received the Christopherson Geosystems Award for Excellence in Applied Geography/Earth Systems for the Best Graduate Student Paper Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers held in September in Tucson, AZ. David is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at UNCG and his paper presentation at the APCG meeting was titled "Geographies of Nature and Society: Assessing Human Behavioral Response to Ambient Environmental Conditions at the Phoenix Zoo". The award is named after Robert W. Christopherson, a professor emeritus in Geography and author of one of the leading physical geography textbooks in the United States titled "Geosystems: An Introduction of Physical Geography". Congratulations, David!
The reliance of European states on gas imports from Russia has been one of the key underlying factors shaping the EU's response to the Ukraine crisis. However could the use of shale gas help to reduce the EU's energy dependence on Russia? Corey Johnson assesses the varying policy responses in European countries, noting that while some states such as Poland have been vocal in their support for shale gas, it is unlikely to enable a significant shift away from Russian gas in the short-term. To read more: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2014/08/26/the-eu-is-unlikely-to-embrace-shale-gas-as-an-alternative-to-russian-gas-imports/
The Geography Department Field School for 2014 explored the Northern Rockies, including Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Students also retraced the Lewis and Clark trail from Great Falls, Montana to Lewiston, Idaho.