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.
Some news on the job front regarding several of our recent Geography graduates. Jason Earliwine (MA 2015) was recently hired as a Senior Planner with Carbarrus County. He had previously worked for NFocus Planning and Design, Inc. in Kannapolis, NC. Anna Levi (MA 2015) was hired this month as an Associate Planner with the City of Danville Department of Community Development: Planning and Zoning Division. Finally, Jean Paul Zitta (MA 2015) was just hired as a Regional Planner with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council after just completing a MA internship with the City of Lexington Department of Business and Community Development: Zoning and Land Use Division during the summer and early Fall. All three students worked with Dr. Keith Debbage.
Drs. Linda and Roy Stine are in the News and Observer talking about their work on our Capitol grounds. You can see it here: Archaeologists dig on North Carolina Capitol grounds. Or you can read the story here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article41021562.html.Graduate students in Dr. Johnson's History of Geographic Thought class are shown rare maps by Dr. John Hessler in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.
Thomas Patterson (Ph.D. candidate) received the UNCG GSA Research Travel Grant ($1000) to conduct field work for his dissertation entitled "Longleaf pine masting, climate variability and tick-borne disease prevalence in the Southeastern U.S." (Supervised by Dr. Knapp). Tommy is one of the two students who received this grant. Well done, Tommy!!
Dr. Keith Debbage is the keynote speaker at the 2015 Triad Workplace Summit held by High Point Bank. The title of his presentation is Worforce Readiness and the Triad Economy. The Summit is Thursday, September 24th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the HPB Insurance Center, 1200 E Hartley Dr, High Point. For more information go to http://go.hpbtriad.com/workplacesummit.
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.