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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.

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Congratulations to Coline Dony who won the "Health and Social Sciences" category at the Graduate Research Symposium

April 17, 2015

The Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) took place this Saturday April 11th. The GRS featured 48 presentations and 23 posters in categories such as Computer Science, Mathematics & Engineering Health & Social Sciences Physical & Natural Sciences Humanities & Education Posters Congratulations to Coline Dony who won the "Health and Social Sciences" category, for her paper: "Spatial accessibility to public parks in Mecklenburg County, NC: comparison by travel mode"

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Coline Dony is the recipient of the 2015-16 Joanna R. Baker Memorial Graduate Fellowship

April 17, 2015

Coline Dony is the recipient of the 2015-16 Joanna R. Baker Memorial Graduate Fellowship.  The Joanna R. Baker Memorial Graduate Fellowship was established in 2000, by friends and colleagues of Dr. Baker to recognize her extraordinary vision of interdisciplinary research and application of information technology to problem solving in the public sector. The fellowship will be awarded to the applicant who best proposes to apply creative and rigorous (e.g. mathematical, computer science, or information technology based) solutions to challenging public and social policy problems.

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Cracks in Martian boulders exhibit preferred orientations that point to solar-induced thermal stress

April 3, 2015

An article by Martha-Cary Eppes, Andrew Willis, Jamie Molaro, Stephen Abernathy & Beibei Zhou Click Here to read

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Research paper by Claire Schuch (PhD Candidate in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis) profiled on website

April 3, 2015

A research paper, Immigrant Businesses, Place-Making, and Community Development: A Case from an Emerging Immigrant Gateway, written by Claire Schuch (PhD Candidate in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis) and Dr. Qingfang Wang recently published in the Journal of Cultural Geography has been profiled on the American Immigration Council’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation website. http://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/

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Heather Smith heading to London for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

March 25, 2015

Dr. Heather Smith will be spending the 2015-2016 Academic year in London, England serving as UNC Charlotte’s Faculty Resident Director for our student exchange program with Kingston University. For students participating in this program, its exchange nature means that “tuition and fees are payable to UNC Charlotte at regular in-state or out-of-state rates according to your residency status” (as per OEA website).   Click here for more information.

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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

Department Email: ges@uncc.edu