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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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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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Geographers Meet, Big Student Turnout, Dennis Lord Honored

   October 28, 2019

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences hosted more than 150 geographers at this year’s Applied Geography Conference on October 23-25 in Uptown Charlotte. Thanks to faculty, staff and graduate students, the conference was a true team effort. Student turnout was outstanding -- 27 of our graduate students discussed their research, presented posters, organized panels, conducted workshops,...

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Visiting Geographers from Middle East

   October 28, 2019

The UNCC Department of Geography and Earth Sciences welcomed fellow geographers from the Middle East who were in Charlotte attending the Applied Geography Conference. They participated in a panel discussion in Dr. Ewers' Geography of the Middle East course and took a tour around our beautiful campus....

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Inside UNC Charlotte - Terry Shirley

   September 27, 2019

Terry Shirley Jr. is widely known for his enthusiasm for meteorology, and he wants to share that passion with others. Ultimately though, he simply wants to help students succeed. “Getting someone excited to learn, to grow as a person, to embrace diversity, to problem solve, to ask ‘Why?’, and to effectively communicate is what I center my career around,” he says.
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Dr. Elizabeth Delmelle on NPR

   September 12, 2019

Elizabeth Delmelle spoke on NPR's morning edition as part of WFAE's Finding Home series documenting affordable housing issues in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She discussed findings from her collaborative research project with Drs. Isabelle Nilsson and Claire Schuch on the impact of rail transit on neighborhoods, gentrification, and displacement. 

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Terry Shirley Finalist for Teaching Award

   August 22, 2019

Terry Shirley, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, is one of three finalists for the UNC Charlotte Teaching Excellence Award. Read more about Terry and the other finalists below.

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Staff Cartographer Uses Maps to Help Author's with Publications

   July 31, 2019

Recently, GES’ staff cartographer, Patrick Jones, completed maps for use in Dr. Christine Haynes’ (UNC Charlotte Department of History) book, Our Friends the Enemies: The Occupation of France after Napoleon available at Harvard University Press. The book has been very well received and peer reviewed by...

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GES in Jerusalem

   July 30, 2019

Professor Heather Smith and Environmental Sciences major Sierra Matteson recently returned from Jerusalem where they were team members of the 2019 UNC Charlotte Mount Zion Archeological Dig (...

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Geography Masters Students Selected as Student Assistants for the 2019 ESRI User Conference

   July 26, 2019

Three GES students were selected as Student Assistants for this year's 2019 ESRI User Conference held in San Diego California: Vani Singh, Zoey Zhang, Sam Holden. All three are new or continuing in the geography MA program. The students gained valuable networking opportunities and furthered their appreciation of the numerous applications of GIS. Vani reported back that she "...

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