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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:

  • Global Change
  • Sustainability
  • Human Environmental Interaction
  • Hazards
  • Geospatial Perspective

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.

Latest News

Maritime Economics & Logistics - Editor's Choice Award

January 20, 2016

Dr. Jean-Claude Thill and Kalias Venkitasubramanian's Maritime Economics & Logistics (MEL) paper, entitled 'Multi-layered hinterland classification of Indian ports of containerized cargoes using GIS visualization and decision tree analysis’, has been selected to receive the Editor’s Choice Award for 2015. 

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Brian Magi to talk about climate change at Schiele Museum Science Cafe

January 14, 2016

On January 21st, Professor Brian Magi will present at the Schiele Museum Science Café on climate change science and solutions, with a focus on North Carolina.  The event begins at 6pm with the talk scheduled to start around 6:30pm.  Science Cafe is an entertaining and educational event for adults that includes fun science trivia, snacks, and adult beverages.  $5 per participant includes beverage and snacks.  Professor Magi heard Ole Dallas Brewery is on tap for beverages.  Call the Schiele Museum at 

Read more>>Brian Magi to talk about climate change at Schiele Museum Science Cafe


UNC Charlotte GES students and faculty at AMS in New Orleans

January 11, 2016

14 Meteorology students (Ryan Plumley, Rachel Cucinotta, Cody Ledbetter, Eric Bunker, Helena Tapp, Kit Cloninger, Bob Hughes, Steven Potter, Stephen McCoy, Malik Williams, Justin Ballard, Kyle Shaw, Nkosi Muse, and Thomas Winesett) as well as Professors Davenport, Eastin, and Shirley are at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in New Orleans this week.  Our students and faculty attended the AMS Student Conference and the Career Fair, and many will attend the full conference for the latest in weather and climate research.  Professors Davenport and Eastin

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Earth Matters vol.1, issue 2

November 17, 2015

The latest installment of the department news letter.  Click here.

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Congratulations to Mona Kashiha

November 17, 2015

Congratulations to Mona Kashiha, 2014 Geography and Urban Regional Analysis PhD graduate for being the laureate of the 2015 Dissertation Competition of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). Her dissertation was titled "Spatial Competition Based on Customers’ Choice Histories: A Study of Trade Flows". Mona has been a visiting scholar at Boston College since January 2015 and will take a job with the international consulting firm McKinsey and Company in January 2016. She will join the Boston office of the company.

Read more>>Congratulations to Mona Kashiha


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Department of Geography & Earth Sciences

UNC Charlotte

McEniry 324
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Phone: 704‑687‑5973
Fax: 704‑687‑5966

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