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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 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).

UH Geography and Environment 2020 symposium awards: PhD student Laura Williams (@LauraLeighLane) won 3rd place in the photo contest. The caption for her photo is, "Rainy day on the Salmon River."

UH Geography & Environment 2020 symposium awards: MA student Derek Ford (@Island_UAV) won 1st and 2nd place in the photo contest. His photos were taken during a five-week research in the Antarctic Peninsula earlier this year. This is a photo of icebergs at the Berthelot Islands.

UH Geography and Environment PhD alumni Azmeary Ferdoush was interviewed by Brookings India about his research on the India-Bangladesh border enclaves @M_A_Ferdoush

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 MA and PhD graduates!
* Kirsten Moy, MA
* Michael Rupić, MA
* Olivia Marohnic, MA
* Kyle Kajihiro, PhD
* Sayaka Sakuma Schrager, PhD

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 BA graduates!
* Leinad Arakaki
* Jennifer Bullaoit
* Mano Faria
* Natalie Hubbard
* Madison Lambert
* William Lu
* Keane Miyamoto
* James Richardson
* Rishie Rouf
* Heaven Ruiz

UH Geography & Environment 2020 symposium awards: Dylan Beatty won the Outstanding Publication by a Graduate Student Award for "Re-inscribing propositions: historic cartography and Philippine claims to the Spratly Islands" in Territory Politics Governance,

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