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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

2016

Geography major, Sarah McDonald, awarded MVP for the Volleyball team

May 26, 2016

Graduating geography major, Sarah McDonald, was awarded MVP of the Charlotte 49ers Volleyball team for 2016. The Charlotte 49ers and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held the 2016 Student-Athlete Awards Banquet in the Student Union on campus Wednesday May 4, 2016 and presented team MVP and Coaches’ Awards as well as department-wide academic honors. Sarah is pictured here with Rising senior geography major Jamal Covington of the Charlotte 49ers Football team. Congratulations Sarah on your MVP award and graduation.  


Read more >>Geography major, Sarah McDonald, awarded MVP for the Volleyball team


Scott Hippensteel - Civil War’s outcome affected by rock formations, terrain

May 18, 2016

The outcome of the Civil War was influenced by many factors on both sides, including population, finances, the availability of weaponry, naval power and military leadership.

But in a recent study published by the Geological Society of America, a North Carolina professor suggests a less obvious factor: rocks.


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Yinan He won the AAG's Student Presentation First Place Award

May 10, 2016
Yinan He, a second-year PhD student in the Geography and Earth Sciences department, won the Student Presentation First Place Award sponsored by the AAG (American Association of Geographers) Landscape Specialty Group. The presentation was given at the 2016 AAG meeting in San Francisco. Yinan is Dr.

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London Calling

Earth Matters - Department Newsletter

May 3, 2016
We are delighted to welcome three new colleagues Dr. Jacopo Canello (Economic Geography, specialization in Globalization, http://www.jacopocanello.com/ ), Dr. Céline Martin (Geologist specializing in Metamorphic Petrology, http://celinemartin.emonsite.com/) and Dr. Douglas Shoemaker, Director of Research and Outreach for the Center of Applied GIScience(CAGIS), https://geospatial.ncsu.edu/land scapedynamics/people/douglas-shoemaker/, all three will be joining us at the start of the Fall 2016 semester. In addition to these new hires, we continue an extremely active recruiting campaign with two...
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Welcome new faculty

April 26, 2016

The department would like to welcome Dr. Céline Martin and Dr. Jacopo Canello. Both will start in the fall and we look forward to having them join the faculty here at UNC Charlotte.


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Strong showing at the American Association of Geographers Conference

April 21, 2016

Our department had a very strong showing at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Twenty students and faculty members took the journey to share research ideas, participate in panels and recruit new students. Several of us organized and/or chaired an impressive number of sessions.


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Jamie Strickland recognized at International Women's Day event

April 5, 2016

Offering odes to strong women who inspired them was a common thread by speakers at the recent International Women’s Day program held in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

An annual event, International Women’s Day “acknowledges that our campus community is filled with local women who embody the richness of internationalism, and we would like to recognize these individuals for their contributions to UNC Charlotte and the world,” said Roslyn Lewis, communications coordinator in the Office of International Programs.

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Gang Chen named the 2016 recipient of the Early Career Award

March 7, 2016

Dr. Gang Chen has been named the 2016 recipient of the Early Career Award, sponsored by Remote Sensing Specialty Group of American Association of Geographers (AAG – RSSG)


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Dr. Brian Magi on Charlotte Talks, Wednesday March 2

March 1, 2016

If you listen to Charlotte Talks, you can hear Dr. Brian Magi talking about air quality science tomorrow morning, March 2, 2016.

http://wfae.org/post/keeping-watch-air-quality


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