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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 has a chapter entitled, "Persephonic Rhythms and the Seasonal Urbanisation of Island Space: Tourism and Migration in Lesvos, Greece," in the new edited collection "Rhythmanalysis: Volume 17," published by @EmeraldGlobal,

UH GEO PhD candidate Gina McGuire was accepted to join the 2021 Pacific Research Colloquium to receive training on Pacific methodologies, held by Australian National Uni. @anudpa from Nov. 22 - Dec. 7. @GinaMaeMcguire is the first participant from Hawaiʻi.

The Department of Geography and Environment does not require the GRE exam for graduate admissions. The application deadline for Fall admission is January 15. More info on the application process here:

UH Geography and Environment PhD student Marcus Peng passed his comprehensive exams last week. Congrats, Marcus!

UH GEO incoming PhD student Wiwik Dharmiasih will present "The Subak Traditional Irrigation System as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Governing Bali's Changing Landscapes" at 1PM HST today Dec. 1 as part of the Water Resources Research Center UHM (@water_uh) Fall 2021 seminar.

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Han Tseng's dissertation defense: "Cloud Water Interception in Hawaiʻi" will be held next Monday, December 6 at 9AM HST.

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Gina McGuire successfully presented her dissertation proposal entitled, "Mapping Ola: Hawaiian Healing Approach to Understanding Place-Based Wellbeing" last month. Congrats, @GinaMaeMcguire!

UH Geography and Environment has a combined 5-year BA and MA program. More information is available here:

The Department of Geography and Environment has four extension courses available online this spring 2022, including course on global tourism and the geography of Japan

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