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.
Dr. Keith Debbage is one of three Coleman Entrepreneurship Veteran Fellows listed in the recently announced grant from the Coleman Foundation for the UNCG Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows program for 2016-2017. As a Fellow, he will be responsible for promoting the academic entrepreneurship program at UNCG both on-campus and in the larger community. He is currently writing a book chapter on Tourism Entrepreneurship for Edward Elgar Publishing (UK). For full information on the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows at UNCG, go to http://bae.uncg.edu/ecdp/about-us/coleman-entrepreneurship-fellows/
Dr. Corey Johnson's co-edited book, Placing the Border in Everyday Life, has won the Association of Borderlands Studies Past President's Gold Book Award. The ABS Past Presidents' Book Award is presented to any published monographic (single or multiple authored, including edited) book in the social and natural sciences, and humanities involving original research on borders, borderlands and border regions, and reviewed in the Journal of Borderlands Studies.
Arwa Altaher, PhD candidate (expected to graduate in Fall 2016) is the winner of the UNCG 2016 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo in the Social Science Division. The title of her research was: Residential Location Patterns of Immigrants in 21st Century: Evidence from Atlanta MSA. She will receive $1000 for this award and will be recognized at the graduate school's student honor convocation on April 27th. This award is given to an individual on the basis of clarity of communication to a non-specialized audience, effective presentation skills, content knowledge and creativity, organization, originality, and ability to explain why this research/work matters (economic impact, societal impact, etc.). What an accomplishment, Arwa!
John Nowlin and Tommy Patterson have been elected as student representative board members in the AAG Specialty Groups of Wine and Biogeography respectively for two-year terms, 2016-2018. John and Tommy's wins reflect that both are well liked and valued by their peers. Excellent work, John and Tommy!
Hello all, With great pleasure I would like to acknowledge our graduate students' contributions to this year's AAG conference in SF. Please join me to congratulate the following students for representing our UNCG Geography:
- Michele Abee (PhD student, Poster):The Rise of the Mercator Projection in Science (Advisor: Dr. Patton)
- Matt Balentine (PhD student, Paper): Bodily Commodification, Alienation, and the Landscape of the Plasma Industry (Advisor: Dr. Johnson)
- Jenny Berggren (PhD student): Attendee (Advisor: Dr. Johnson)
- Shaylee Bowen (MA student, Panelist): Tourism Entrepreneurship: An Evolving Research Agenda (Advisor: Dr. Debbage)
- Nastaran Pour Ebrahim (PhD student, organizer, chair and Paper presenter) A Geographical Assessment of the importance of Route Connectivity for Active Transportation Modes to School; Session Organizer and chair: On Foot and/or Bicycle. (Advisor: Dr. Sultana)
- Hyogin Kim (PhD candidate, Paper): The integrated multi-modal network approach for accessibility assessment of railway improvement plan in the United States. Co-presenter: A Geographical Assessment of the importance of Route Connectivity for Active Transportation Modes to School. (Advisor: Dr. Sultana)
- Ale Molina (MA student, Poster): Defining the Map Prototype (Dr. Patton) Geo Bowl Participant - Southeast national winning team
- John Nowlin (PhD candidate, Paper): North Carolina Terroir(s) (Advisor: Dr. Bunch)
- Tommy Patterson (PhD candidate, Paper) Climate-signal instability in Pinus rigida at the northern range limit, Acadia National Park, Maine (Advisor: Dr. Knapp)
- Purva Sharma - Attendant (Advisor: Dr. Sultana)
Congratulations to Thomas Patterson and Lindsay Cummings for their paper "Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) morphology and climate/growth responses along a physiographic gradient in North Carolina" published in the April 2016 issue (68: 239-248) of The Professional Geographer. The paper discusses how tree height, trunk diameter and needle length of longleaf pine are significantly different between stands located in the coastal plain, sandhill, and piedmont physiographic provinces in North Carolina and how these morphological variances may affect reforestation efforts. Great work Tommy and Lindsay!
Congratulations to Dan Royall for his forthcoming paper in the journal Catena. Coauthored with his former Ph.D. student Linda Kennedy, Dr. Royall's paper discusses the "Historical erosion and sedimentation in two small watersheds of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA." Catena is the premier journal of soil science, hydrology and geomorphology, so great work, Dr. Royall!
Congratulations to Tommy Patterson for his publication in the latest issue of the Natural Areas Journal (36:500–508). Tommy's paper, "Observations on a rare old-growth montane longleaf pine forest in central North Carolina," discusses one of the few remaining stands of longleaf pine growing in the Uwharrie Mountains of central North Carolina. Montane longleaf pine forests, which are found principally on rocky and steep southwesterly slopes, are a rare plant community and thought to be extant in a few small stands in the Ridge and Valley regions of northern Alabama and Georgia. Tommy's work documented that a thriving stand of this species remains in the Uwharries despite extensive logging activities during the late 19th and early 20th century and is worthy of high-priority management strategies including frequent prescribed fire to remove non-native species and facilitate regeneration. Great job Tommy!
Once again, congratulations are in order for DJ Perkins (PhD 2015) who is now currently a NSF funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. He has successfully turned his dissertation research into two recently accepted publications in the International Journal of Biometeorology ("Using Synoptic Weather Types to Predict Visitor Attendance at the Atlanta and Indianapolis Zoological Parks") and the journal Atmosphere ("Weather and Tourism: Thermal Comfort and Zoological Park Visitor Attendance"). He co-authored the Atmosphere article with Dr. Keith Debbage who was also his dissertation advisor while he was at UNCG.
Congratulations to Dr. Selima Sultana on her promotion to professor! Dr. Sultana arrived at UNCG in 2004 and has consistently contributed to the department through her numerous scholarly works, her excellence in instruction and extensive service commitments. During the past decade Dr. Sultana has published in prestigious journals including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, published a book on transportation modes, served as President of the North Carolina Geographical Society and Chair of the AAG Transportation Specialty Group. For the past two years she has been the Director of Graduate Studies where she has been transformative in the process of obtaining student funding and has worked tirelessly to recruit excellent students. Dr. Sultana's contributions in instruction include obtaining multiple undergraduate research awards where she mentored students, serving as major professor for dozens of graduate students, and commendations for consistently high class evaluations. The Geography Department is fortunate she is here and wishes to say, "Excellent work, Dr. Sultana!"