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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.  Read more >>

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NSF Grant Awarded to Assistant Professor Colleen Hammelman

   May 19, 2020

Colleen Hammelman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Grant to study population change and gentrification in urban foodscapes. Over the next five years, this research will investigate the impact of changing urban economies on landscapes created and ...

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Department Congratulates 2020 Graduates

   May 5, 2020

The department created a short video to congratulate the class of 2020. 

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STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE, LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMICS

   May 4, 2020

Eleven outstanding students were recently honored at the annual University Honor and Awards Ceremony, held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Connor Wood, a Geography major with a minor in Economics, is graduate of Leadership Fellows. He served as a STAR mentor and program coordinator.  This past year, he was Royal Court chair for the...

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Paul Jung receives John Odland Award in the 2020 AAG Spatial Analysis & Modeling Paper Competition

   April 21, 2020

PhD Candidate Paul Jung received the 3rd Prize of the John Odland Award at the 2020 AAG. The John Odland Award is given to winners of the student paper competition of the Spatial Analysis & Modeling Specialty Group of AAG. The award was for Paul Jung's paper co-authored with Dr. Jun Song: "Multivariate Neighborhood Trajectory Analysis: A Proposal of the Functional Data Analysis Approach...

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Caroline Brinegar, MA, Geography, receives Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants Award

   April 13, 2020

Caroline Brinegar, MA, Geography, recently designated as one of UNC Charlotte’s most Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants (TA). Caroline Brinegar is a first generation, non-traditional master’s student in the Geography program.  She has worked as a teaching assistant as both an undergraduate and graduate student. 

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Craft Brewery Research with Isabelle Nilsson

   March 31, 2020

Toward the end of our conversation, as she nurses the last of her sour IPA at Divine Barrel Brewing in NoDa, one of the nation’s foremost researchers of craft breweries and their effects on urban economies gestures toward the beer menu scrawled, as in most taprooms, on a chalkboard that hangs behind the bar. “Most of these guys have not seen a downturn yet. The big boom...

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GES Students and Faculty at AMS in Boston

   January 13, 2020

In mid January, students and faculty from Geography and Earth Sciences will be representing UNC Charlotte at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting https://annual.ametsoc.org...

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Professor Davenport Receives AMS Editor's Award

   January 13, 2020

Dr Casey Davenport will be awarded an American Meteorological Society Editor's Award for her work as a reviewer for the AMS journal "Weather and Forecasting" for "consistently providing timely, balanced, constructive, and thorough reviews, while accepting all review invitations".  She will be recognized at the AMS Annual Meeting award ceremony in Boston in mid-January for this honor...

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Safer Well Water through Stronger Public Health Programs

   January 2, 2020

In a county where 42% of the residents rely on drinking water from unregulated sources, primarily private wells, educating residents on protecting their drinking water sources is a big job. Such is the case in Gaston County, North Carolina, where arsenic, manganese, and E. coli and total coliform bacteria threaten to contaminate wells, compromising the...

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Rebuilding the Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection: Where do we go from here?

   December 3, 2019

Two years ago, we set off on a journey to refamiliarize ourselves with the greater Charlotte region.

With funding from The Duke Endowment, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute sought to understand how a cohesive region whose shared identity was once synonymous with the ethos of New South prosperity had splintered in recent decades. A thriving urban core diverged economically and...

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