The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is comprised of physical, natural and social scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Our mission is to create, extend and disseminate applied and theoretical scientific knowledge of the Earth’s physical, natural and human systems and their interactions through scholarly research, teaching and service. This is accomplished through the lens of five interdisciplinary themes:
While each of these thematic areas represents distinct faculty expertise, there are considerable opportunities for multidisciplinary learning and research.
The Department houses programs leading to undergraduate, undergraduate honors, and graduate degrees in the following areas: Geography, Earth Sciences, Geology and Meteorology. Additionally the department contributes to two interdisciplinary graduate programs; Infrastructure and Environmental Systems and Public Policy.
Dylan McKnight didn’t get involved with the Reid Park Neighborhood Park project for recognition. He got involved because he wanted to help the neighborhood fulfill its 23-plus-year desire for a community park. But that led to something more. McKnight has been awarded the 2014 Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award in the graduate student project category for his Learning Participatory Planning and the Reid Park Vision Plan.
Read more>>Park project gets national recognition for UNCC student Dylan McKnight
Geography professor receives Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement Heather Smith, professor of geography in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is the 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement. Established in 2012, the award honors a tenured faculty member whose teaching, research and service embodies the University’s commitment to civic involvement and whose work strengthens the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the larger community.
Read more>>Dr. Heather Smith receives Provost's Faculty Award
Read more>>Funded Graduate Assistantships for Spring 2015 entry into Geography Graduate programs at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Congratulations to Angel Hjarding, PhD Student in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, on receipt of a grant to participate in a NSF funded workshop and symposium at the Biodiversity Informatics Standards (TDWG), also known as the Taxonomic Databases Working Group, conference October 27-31 in Jönköping, Sweden. This is a competitive grant to pay the expenses for one doctoral student to attend the conference and present at a symposium entitled ” Citizen science: a growing approach to biodiversity monitoring”.
Read more>>Congratulations to Angel Hjarding, PhD Student in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis
Janni Sorensen and former MA student Dylan McKnight were awarded a 2014 Marvin Collins Planning Award in the Graduate Student Project category for their work on the Reid Park Vision Plan and Dylan’s capstone MA project. This annual award is given by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association and will be received at their annual conference in October.
Read more>>2014 Marvin Collins Planning Award
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