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Global Change · Local Impact

Aloha and welcome to the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa! Geography is a diverse discipline that is united by its focus on global change and local impacts on humans and the environment. Our department was founded in 1932 and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the US. Our faculty have expertise across the breadth of the discipline in environmental geography, human geography, and geospatial information science, with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. Our BA, MA, and PhD students research topics such as environmental change, sustainability, and globalization and have gone on to careers in academia, government service, NGOs, and in the private sector.

New!! Undergraduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate and @EastWestCenter graduate degree fellow Foley Pfalzgraf was awarded a @FulbrightPrgrm scholarship to continuer her dissertation research at the @USPEmaluscampus. Congrats, @FoleyPfalzgraf!

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Aurora Kagawa-Viviani's dissertation defense, titled, "Ecohydrology of change: Dynamics of climatological, ecological, and hydrological change across Hawaiʻi’s landscapes" will be held on Wednesday, July 15, on Zoom.

UH Geography and Environment Associate Professor Camilo Mora explains in this @uh_btss video how climate change increases the likelihood of novel pathogens moving from animals to humans,

UH Geography and Environment warmly congratulates our Spring 2020 BA graduates. We made a slideshow with messages provided by some of the students:

UH Geography and Environment graduate students Yoko Uyehara and Jinwen Xu received Student Scholarship Awards for the @UCGIScience 2020 Symposium. Their poster presentation, with audio file, may be accessed here:

Congrats, and good work, Yoko and Jinwen!

UH Geography & Environment Professor and Department Chair Reece Jones' tweet thread on armed white men wearing aloha shirts was summarized in this article on @Independent,

See original thread by @reecejhawaii here:

UH Geography and Environment PhD student Keolohilani Lopes, Jr. and colleague Anna Baker Mikkelsen (graduate student in SOEST) created this short film on Hurricane Walaka and Lalo (French Frigate Shoals) -


UH Geography and Environment PhD alumni Jack Kittinger (@peopledseas) and colleague wrote the op-ed, "Better tourism with visitor green fees," in @StarAdvertiser.

UH Geography and Environment Associate Professor Mary Mostafanezhad (@GeogProfMary) has an article commentary titled, "Covid-19 is an unnatural disaster: Hope in revelatory moments of crisis" in Tourism Geographies (@TourismJournal).

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