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.
Carolynne Hultquist, a newly graduated Geography BS student, published her research as lead author in a high-profile international journal Remote Sensing Letters. The research was completed while Carolynne worked in Professor Gang Chen's lab. In the study, high spectral resolution remote sensing, geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA), and machine learning were applied to assess burn severity in a forest environment where trees have suffered from pre-fire disease-caused mortality.
Read more>>Undergraduate research published in remote sensing peer-reviewed journal: Carolynne Hultquist
Christopher Godwin, a newly graduated Geography BS student, published his research as lead author in a high-profile international journal Landscape & Urban Planning. The research was completed while Chris worked in Professor Gang Chen's lab. It synergies remote sensing LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and aerial photography to efficiently model landscape-level forest carbon storage in Charlotte at a fine resolution of 20 meters.
Read more>>Undergraduate research recognized by international peer-reviewed journal: Christopher Godwin
Congratulations to PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis students Claire Schuch and Brisa Urquieta-Hernandez lead authors on a research paper selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) as one of the four “most influential“ articles in 2014 in the area of identification and elimination of disparities in health care.
Read more>>Congratulations to PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis students Claire Schuch and Brisa Urquieta-Hernandez
Dr. Brian Magi is seeking a graduate student to join the Multidisciplinary Earth System and Atmospheric Sciences (MESAS) research group in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (mesas.uncc.edu). The student will develop research within the context of an NSF funded project focused on studying how global fire modeling can use past and present data to investigate the interactions between fire, climate, and land-use change over a range of time scales.
Read more>>Funded graduate research assistant for fire modeling project
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