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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Geography

Department of Geography

Geographers study the spatial dimensions of human activities and physical landscapes. The discipline of Geography focuses on the interrelationships between humans and their environments, linking the physical and social sciences.

Geographers use a variety of tools, but much of their work revolves around developing and analyzing various forms of spatial data and information, with a special emphasis on satellite imagery, vector graphics, historical, and paper maps.

Possessing the ability to "think spatially," along with a diverse toolkit of quantitative and qualitative methods, geographers have a wide variety of employment options. Our alumni have taken positions in business, government agencies, academia, and non-profit organizations. The job market is especially strong for those with skills in Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS).

The Department of Geography at UC offers PhD, MA, BS and BA degrees.

All students are encouraged to develop individualized programs meeting their specific needs, in consultation with their academic adviser. For more information on courses and requirements for the BA/BS program, please visit the Undergraduate Program site. For more on the PhD and MA programs, please visit the Graduate Program site.

Recent Publications

  • Wang, S., H. Liu, B. Yu, G. Zhou, and X. Cheng (2016), Revealing the early ice flow patterns with historical Declassified Intelligence Satellite Photographs back to 1960s, Geophysical Research Letters, 43(11), 5758-5767.
  • Niesterowicz, J., T. F. Stepinski, and J. Jasiewicz (2016), Unsupervised regionalization of the United States into landscape pattern types, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 30(7), 1450-1468.
  • Buffam, I., M. E. Mitchell, and R. D. Durtsche (2016), Environmental drivers of seasonal variation in green roof runoff water quality, Ecological Engineering, 91, 506-514.
  • Beck, R., et al. (2016), Comparison of satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a in a temperate reservoir using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense coincident surface observations, Remote Sensing of Environment, 178, 15-30.

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Richard Beck: 2015, co-PI, USGS, $12,560. Monitoring and modeling water quality and harmful algal blooms in the inland waters in Southern Ohio Region.
  • Nicholas Dunning: 2015-2017. PI, National Science Foundation, $16,627, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Water management at an Early Urban Center in the Maya Lowlands.
  • Kenneth Hinkel: 2014-2016, co-PI, US Dept of Defense, $89,512.  Improving Design Methodologies and Assessment Tools for Building on Permafrost in a Warming Climate, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.
  • Hongxing Liu: 10/2015-12/2015, PI (with co-PI: Richard Beck), $12,560. Monitoring and modeling water quality and harmful algal blooms in the inland waters in Southern Ohio Region with remote sensing and in situ observations, USGS AmericaView.
  • Tomasz Stepinski: 2015 – 2017, PI, NASA - Advanced Information Systems Technology, $318,528. Pattern-based GIS for Understanding Content of Very Large Earth Science Datasets. 
  • Amy Townsend-Small: 2015-2017, PI, $136000. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Ohio Sea Grant, Relative contributions of hypoxia and natural gas drilling to methane emissions from Lake Erie.

Student Accomplishments

  • Daniel Schleith: 2016 Incentive Summer Stipend for Geography PhD Students
  • Min Xu: Competitive Scholarship for Geography PhD students 2016-2017
  • Song Shu: Graduate School Dean's Fellowship 2016-2017.
  • Jacek Niesterowicz: Geocomputation 2015 Best Paper Award in the recent Geocomputation 2015 conference.