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 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, focusing on Asia and the Pacific. Our BA, MA, and PhD students research topics such as agriculture and food, climate change, environmental conservation, geopolitics, geospatial sciences and big data analytics, and tourism leading to careers in academia, government service, NGOs, and in the private sector in Hawaiʻi. We are the lead department for the interdisciplinary online degree in Social Sciences of Oceans and the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate.

New!! Undergraduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science

UH GEO Professor Marina Karides is the co-editor of a themed section, "Island Feminisms: Place, Justice, Movement" in the journal Shima, Deep insights from authors: Davennes,Trinidad, and Ahia and Johnson and places: Guadeloupe, Philippines, and Hawai'i.

Congratulations to UH GEO 2022 Graduate Symposium Winners!

Olivia Meyer - Best PhD symposium presentation;
Jocelyn Grandinetti - Best MA symposium presentation;
Foley Pfalzgraf - Oustanding publication;
Hannah von Hammerstein and Renee Setter - Outstanding publication

UH Geography and Environment held our annual symposium in-person and virtually on Friday, May 6th. At this special event, graduate students presented their work, recent MA and PhD graduates were recognized, and grad departmental awards were given. Well done to everyone!

UH GEO Associate Professor Mary Mostafanezhad was awarded the '21 Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching at the 2022 UH Mānoa Awards Ceremony on May 2nd. Congrats @GeogProfMary!;

Congratulations to our Spring 2022 MA and PhD graduates!
*Jocelyn Grandinetti, MA
*Sasha Hefner, MA
*Liat Portner, MA
*Dylan Beatty, PhD
*Desiree Simandjuntak, PhD
*Henryk Szadziewski, PhD

A huge congratulations to our graduating BA students this spring 2022!
*Nick Cordova*
*Jamison Henry*
*Christian Lamer-Wolfewicz*
*Māhie Lee*
*Jack Reckinger*
*Luke Shideler*
*Aaron Watt*

Congratulations Henryk Szadziewski (@henrykszad) on winning the 2022 Neal & Rohma Bowers Award for the outstanding graduating PhD student from UH Geography and Environment. The selection is based on the student's scholarly record and contributions to the department.

UH Geography and Environment awards an outstanding graduating BA student with the Neal & Rohma Bowers Award each year. Congratulations Christian Lamer Wolfewicz for winning the award this year and on your graduation!

UH GEO PhD students @hannah_v_h & Renee Setter in collaboration w/ @PacificWhale are co-authors of a new article, "High-resolution projections of global sea surface temperatures reveal critical warming in humpback whale breeding grounds" published in Frontiers in Marine Science.

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