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.
Thomas (Tommy) Patterson (M.A. 2013) and current Ph.D. student received the Best Master's Paper Award at the 2013 SEDAAG Conference. Tommy's paper, Comparing Morphological Characteristics of North Carolina Longleaf Pine Stands, examined variations in growth characteristics between Coastal Plain, Sandhills and Piedmont stands of old-growth trees and discussed how these findings might impact ongoing longleaf pine reforestation plans. Congratulations Tommy!
Brad Bereitschaft (Ph.D.2011) recently co-authored an article in the current issue of The Professional Geographer titled "Urban Form, Air Pollution, and CO2 Emissions in Large U.S. Metropolitan Areas" with Dr. Keith Debbage as part of the AAG 2012 Nystrom Competition Papers. The competition, sponsored by a fund established by J. Warren Nystrom, Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers from 1966 to 1979, awards prizes for papers based on recent dissertations in geography during the previous three years.
Michael McCarthy (ABD, 2013, West Point graduate) was recently featured on WAMC North East Public Radio. He contributed a Listener Essay remembering Bowe Bergdahl, an American prisoner of war in Afghanistan in honor of Veterans Day. You can hear the essay at the following link: http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-remembering-bowe-bergdahl#.UoU7Wm6lR1g.email Michael is working on a dissertation titled: Megapolitan Areas and the Creative Class with Dr. Keith Debbage while living in Upstate New York.
The New Hanover Slave Deeds Project was born from a conversation between Tammy Theusch Beasley, Register of Deeds for New Hanover County and Dr. James C. Burke (2008) of the Humanities Department at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. Ms. Beasley made Dr. Burke aware that Buncombe County, North Carolina, had created a database of slave transactions. They both immediately saw the incredible significance a project like that would have on New Hanover County. With the combined cooperation of the New Hanover County Register of Deeds, the Humanities & Fine Arts Department, Cape Fear Community College, and the Cape Fear Community College Libraries this project was set into motion. New volumes of the database will be made available on the project webpage as they become available. The publication is downloadable in PDF format and Excel (with additional fields) from its CFCC Library page http://libguides.cfcc.edu/deeds
Christopher McGinn, PhD (2012) is now an assistant professor at North Carolina Central University in the Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences Department. He is their new World Geography Bowl coordinator, so we will see him in September.
The July 11th issue of Nature (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v499/n7457/full/499128c.html) discusses an article published in the Journal of Climate that was coauthored by two former graduate students and their advisor, Dr. Knapp. Both Justin Maxwell (2012) and Jason Ortegren (2008) received their Ph.D.s from our department and were part of the Carolina Tree-Ring Science Laboratory. Justin is now an assistant professor at Indiana University while Jason is an assistant professor at the University of West Florida. Great to see our grads doing outstanding work! J. T. Maxwell, J. T. Ortegren, P. A. Knapp, and P. T. Soulé. (2013). Tropical cyclones and drought amelioration in the Gulf and Southeastern Coastal United States, Journal of Climate(doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00824.1).