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.
Jacob Turner and Dr. Roy Stine were doing some ground penetrating radar at the House in the Horseshoe. That's a State Historic Site, revolutionary era, in Moore County. The Secretary for the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, happened to stop by for a tour (Secretary Susan Kluttz). Someone in the NCDCR snapped a photo, and we're up on their web page www.ncdcr.gov - click on "Secretary Kluttz Experiences Archaeology, Living History at House in the Horseshoe". At the bottom of that page you will see Dr. Stine with the Secretary.
Jasraj Gramopadhye, a PhD student in the department of geography, was one of three students who received the prestigious AAG International Geographic Information Travel Award to present his dissertation research at the AAG annual meeting held in Los Angeles this April 2013. The program is designed to support college and university student career development in the academic areas of applied spatial data analysis or GIS. The award came with a stipend of $500.
Jasraj also received the competitive Urban Geography Specialty Group Travel Award. The award is presented by the AAG's Urban Specialty Group to student urban geographers, and is intended to help cover travel expenses incurred when a student attends a conference. The award came with a stipend of $100.
John Nowlin won 1st place in the Social Sciences section of the Graduate research expo competition. His poster presentation was based on his MA thesis, Directed by Dr. Bunch and (committee members: Drs. Royal and Lui). The title of his poster was "A Mesoscale Geophysical Capability/Suitability Model for Vitis Vinifera Vineyard Site Selection in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad Region: Case Study of Rockingham County, NC."
Congratulations go to Jason Greer who has won a Student Excellence Award, UNCG's highest academic honor for undergraduates.
Geography doctoral student Jennifer Alford will be chairing and presenting a session at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers to be held in Los Angeles in April. The title of the session is Water Resource Protection: Exploring the Influence of Multiple Strategies which will feature current research on the impacts of human activities on surface water resources. Her session is being sponsored by the Applied Geography Specialty Group, the Water Resources Specialty Group, and the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group. In addition to the session, Jennifer will serve on the Community Geography Teaching and Research panel where she will discuss her experiences as a National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Graduate Fellow. The chair of Jennifer's dissertation research committee is Dr. Keith Debbage.
Geography majors Duncan Walser and Stephen Rehbein have both been nominated for the Behavioral, Economic, Educational, and Social Sciences Award for the 7th Annual Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo to be held in the Elliot University Center on Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:30-2pm. The Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo 2013 will showcase the research and creative scholarship of undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ten undergraduate students at UNCG have been selected to compete for this award and Duncan and Stephen will be co-presenting their 2012-2013 Undergraduate Research Assistantship work at the Expo at 1:15pm on March 21st. The best presentation will receive the $1,000 Behavioral, Economic, Educational and Social Sciences Award. Both Duncan and Stephen each received $3,000 assistantships to conduct research on the 2013 State of the City Report for the Greensboro Partnership - the lead economic development organization in the city of Greensboro. The research was coordinated by faculty mentor, Dr. Keith G. Debbage in the Department of Geography.
Dr. Linda Kennedy (Ph.D., 2012) has accepted a tenure-track faculty appointment within the Department of Geography and Geology at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She began her doctoral studies at UNCG in the Department of Geography in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Dan Royall, conducting research in the field of watershed geomorphology. Linda’s dissertation produced the first direct assessment of human impacts on 19th-century erosion and sedimentation in watersheds of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.