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.
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.
Geography PhD student, Stacy Curry is a recipient of the 2014-15 Graduate School Research Development Program (RDP). Congratulations to Stacy and her advisor, Dr. Stine.
Dr. Susan Walcott and the Department's first PhD student (now Assoc. Professor at Winston Salem State) Russell Smith both have chapters in the recently published "A Comparative Geography of China and the U.S." by Springer Press. It will also be published in Chinese for joint distribution.
It seems that Dr. Roy Stine and a team of his graduate students are staying in the limelight due to working at and gatering information for his Bentonville grant. Here is a new article from the News and Observer - "Public gets chance to unearth Civil War history at Bentonville" and pictures - #16 - 19 are of Geography Ph.D. student Jacob Turner.
In the June 10, 2014 UNCG Campus Weekly is an article titled "UNCG archaeology at historic House in the Horseshoe" which tells us about the work that Jacob Turner (PhD student - Geography) is doing with Drs. Linda and Roy Stine. Dr. Linda Stine is an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department.. Stacy Curry (PhD student - Geography) has helped at that site along with others. Several newspapers have had articles about this project: Fayetteville Observer: UNCG researchers us 21st century technology to unlock historical mysteries; News and Record (Greensboro): UNCG helping with N.C. project to use drone to explore state historic site: and the News and Observer (Raleigh): NC to use drone to explore state historic site.Another news article: Campus Weekly - UNCG Archaeology at Bentonville Battlefield's Harper House
Geography major Keith Watkins received an Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award for AY 2014/15 for a dendrochronology project to be conducted on campus. Keith will core the oldest trees at UNCG and then create an interactive campus map that will show the age, height, diameter, species and location of these trees. Keith will also present his results at the 9th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo in Spring 2015. Congratulations Keith!
Bryce Gardner, an MA student is doing internship with ESRI this summer in Charlotte. As a Desktop Support Analyst he will be managing and solving customer incidents through a process of research, testing, and handling customer's product issues. He will also be giving "brown bag" presentations to the support team on a variety of topics. Additionally, he will be blogging about his experience with the team, performing focus week tasks, and completing a final group project which will profile the group's accomplishments. Congratulations to Bryce!
Professor Selima Sultana recently published an article in the leading international journal for urban scholarship, Urban Studies, entitled "The Nature of Urban Growth and the Commuting Transition: Endless Sprawl or a Growth Wave" (see PDF). Dr. Sultana examined data from 50 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas during 1980–2000, and found that work-commuting time in newer (i.e., sprawling) growth areas transitions from initially higher to eventually similar to older sections of the city. Dr. Sultana concludes that commuting issues negatively associated with new growth areas should be viewed as a temporary stage in the continual process of expanding cities and is a typical part of urbanization. Congratulations Dr. Sultana!
Dr. Selima Sultana, Associate Professor of Geography was invited to write a blog for the website of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and American Politics and Policy (USApp) http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2014/02/24/commuting-time-city-maturity/ based on her recent publication in Urban Studies. Dr. Sultana finds that, across time, commuting times are highest in new neighborhoods or in booming housing areas. As cities grow, these areas become more mature, and commuting times fall, with new areas again experiencing longer commutes.