Department News Highlights (Academic Year 2017-2018)


  • In March 2018, we updated our department name to The Department of Geography and Environment 
  • Our department is ranked 26th in the U.S. in the 2018 World University Rankings


  • New hires: Lisa Kelley joined the Dept. as part of the College of Social Sciences' Sustainability cluster
  • Promotions: Reece Jones and Dr. Qi Chen are promoted to full professor 


  • Brandon Rossi won the 2018 Bowers Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding graduating BA student each year. 
  • Kerrie Littlejohn, PhD, won the 2018 Wiens Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding graduating MA or PhD student each year. 
  • Azmeary Ferdoush, PhD candidate, won the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Publication Award for his paper "Seeing Borders through the Lens of Structuration" in Geo Politics Journal.
  • Katie Taladay, PhD student, won the 2018 ASPRS Pacific SW Chapter Scholarship.

Mark you calendars to join us on Monday March 25th, 12-1pm in Saunders 443 to learn the latest about the National Geodetic Survey Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System from Ed Carlson, NGS Geodetic Advisor from NOAA. If you use GIS, this talk is for you!

Neutralizing Our Carbon Footprint, One Tree At A Time! Geography and Environment Professor Camilo Mora is featured in the news as part of his Carbon Neutrality Challenge. Click here to learn more:

Congrats to Keven Woods for his recently published article in Human Ecology entitled Green Territoriality: Conservation as State Territorialization in a Resource Frontier.

Dr. Abby Frazier will be presenting at the East West Centery TODAY from 12-1 pm. Her talk is entitled: GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS OF CLIMATE VARIABILITY IN THE PACIFIC: DROUGHT IMPACTS AND MANAGEMENT. Head over to John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125 (3rd floor)

Congrats to Azmeary Ferdoush for passing his PhD dissertation defense last week. Everyone here in the Dept. of Geography and Environment are proud of you! @M_A_Ferdoush.

MD Azmeary Ferdoush, who defended his dissertation yesterday, recently publised a paper in Area entitled: Symbolic spaces: Nationalism and compromise in the former border enclaves of Bangladesh and India.

Today! Md. Azmeary Ferdoush's dissertation defense will be held from 2 to 4 pm in Saunders 713. The title is: After the Exchange: Citizenship and Territoriality in the Former Bangladesh-India Border Enclaves.

TOMORROW (March 13th) - Silvia Sulis (MA student) will defend her thesis entitled:
Spatial Methods for Green Infrastructure Planning: Strategies for Stormwater Management and Park Access. Join us from 9-11am in Saunders 422 @SilviaSulis2

Kevin Woods, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Dept. of Geography and Environment recently co-authored this publication on land-cover regime shifts in the journal Sustainability.

Dylan Beatty, a Geography and Environment graduate student is featured in UH CSEAS Student Spotlight! Learn more about his research regarding fisheries in the Philippines here:

TODAY: We are looking forward to hosting Dr. Basil Gomez as part of the Geography & Environment Seminar Series. Dr. Gomez will give a talk entitled, "Days of future past: River metamorphosis in a changing climate" today, March 7th from 12-1pm in Saunders 443b.

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