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29th of March 2017 04:23 PM
The Geography Graduate Outreach Committee (Jasmine Arpagian, Sari Blakeley, Xin Feng, Susan Meerdink, and Rafael Ramos) and the Bren graduate students organized the first ever joint Happy Hour on March 14, 2017. This event was an opportunity for Geography and Bren graduate students, faculty, staff, and researchers to meet, talk, and learn more about each other’s research. The event was held in the Bren Visitor Center, with more than 100 people attending. Of those attending, over 50 geography graduate students and 11 geography faculty were present at the event. The event started off with brief introductions of the departments in which our Geography Department was declared the most interdisciplinary. Erin Wetherley said, "I had a great time! It can be hard sometimes to meet grad students from other departments. This event was a great opportunity, and also a ton of fun!" Professor David Lopez-Carr commented, “Such collegial events inspire trust and creativity. It was gratifying to see the large and festive turnout from geography.”
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18th of March 2017 11:00 PM
17th of March 2017 03:44 PM
Geography undergraduate, Noah Gluschankoff, has won a fellowship in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Summer Student Fellowship program. This fellowship is awarded to students who complete their junior year by the start of the fellowship and are studying fields of science. The program aims to give students a first-hand introduction to research in oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy. Fellows are selected based on academic achievement, and who show promise as future ocean scientists. This program is very competitive, with approximately 12% of the applicants receiving awards.

Noah's project seeks to understand how various forms of nitrogen are transformed and interact with sulfide in high pressure and temperatures environments. He will accomplish this through investigating abiotic nitrogen reduction by sulfide in hydro-thermal vents utilizing stable isotope laboratory techniques with the Wankel Lab at WHOI. Additionally. Noah will be participating in a side project focusing on improving the measurement techniques of motor-operated autonomous kayak, aka 'Jetyak', for use in high risk environments or areas that are generally inaccessible to humans
Congratulations Noah!

More information on the fellowship can be found here:
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9th of February 2017 07:02 PM
UCSB alum Dr. Dawn Wright of Esri will be presenting at today's Department of Geography Colloquium
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14th of November 2016 08:38 PM
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Remote sensing of West African savannas and grazing lands, part of a USAID-NASA-SERVIR Advanced Science Team project.

We seek a productive and self-motivated post-doctoral scientist to join a collaborative team developing remote sensing-based applications relevant to natural resources and management of West African grazing lands and savannas. The position is funded through New Mexico State University (NMSU) as part of a USAID and NASA initiative (SERVIR; We will be working with partners in West Africa to enhance application of Earth Observing data and geospatial technologies for environmental management, food security and economic development, with particular emphasis on natural resources and environmental assessment in semi-arid grazing lands and savannas. While the project PI is based at NMSU we anticipate that the post-doctoral scientist may spend much of her/his time in Niamey, West Africa, to ensure close collaboration with regional SERVIR partners and stakeholders. We seek a colleague with expertise in satellite remote sensing, geospatial analysis and programming, and a keen interest in capacity-building to advance adoption of remote sensing technologies for development impact. Ability to work as part of a team and willingness to live and travel in West Africa, are important. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English or French are essential, with ability to function in both languages a distinct advantage.

To apply, send the following information as a single PDF file by email to (use ‘SERVIR post-doc’ as the subject field): 1) a cover letter outlining your research interests and prior experience, 2) a detailed CV, and 3) contact information for 3 academic / professional referees. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Niall Hanan to discuss the project and potential roles for the successful applicant. Competitive salary and benefits, plus support for travel between NMSU and West Africa and between countries in the region. The position is available starting January 2017 for one year, with annual renewal for an additional two years, subject satisfactory progress and continued funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
4th of November 2016 04:02 PM
New Job Posting: Event and Financial Coordinator , UCSB Department of Geography; This position is housed in the UCSB Sustainability Program
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3rd of November 2016 08:04 PM

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU seeks applicants for tenure-track/tenured faculty position in the field of sustainable engineering. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, resilient urban and infrastructure systems, sustainable infrastructure, industrial ecology, sustainable food and bio-based systems, carbon cycle management technologies, life cycle assessment, design for environment/sustainability and earth systems engineering and management. This position is intended to contribute substantially to growing our efforts in sustainable Engineering.

The growing Sustainable Engineering program in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of the six Fulton Schools, is a core focus of the Fulton Schools. It supports innovative research in sustainable design and operation of energy, transportation, water, building and waste infrastructures and contributes broadly to multidisciplinary research and teaching efforts aimed at addressing the sustainability and resilience of critical infrastructure challenges facing the profession.

Faculty are engaged in cutting-edge areas, including critical infrastructure vulnerability across interdependent systems, renewable energy technologies, life cycle assessments of the energy, resource, and environmental impacts of nascent technologies and urban activities, smart systems that take advantage of ubiquitous mobile and cloud computing, negative carbon technologies and practices, resilient urban systems and autonomous and electric vehicle technologies. Close collaborations exist with faculty across the university, including the Fulton Schools, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Decision Theater, WP Carey School of Business, and School for the Future of Innovation in Society. This search is aimed at further broadening and strengthening this interdisciplinary collaborative enterprise.

Required qualifications:

Doctoral degree in civil or environmental engineering, or a closely related field
Demonstrated evidence of research capability and commitment to teaching excellence as appropriate to the candidate’s rank
Desired qualifications:

Support of two or more existing strategic thrust areas within SSEBE, including sustainability, energy, health, security and education
Ability to work cooperatively with scholars throughout the University in other domains
Faculty members are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, adopt innovative educational practices in both graduate and undergraduate instruction, advise students and undertake service activities. Appointment will be at the assistant, associate or full professor rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit a single PDF file to that includes:

Current CV
Statements describing research and teaching interests
Contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016. If not filled, reviews will occur on the 1st and 15th of the month thereafter until the search is closed. For more information or questions about this position, please contact

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) and the Title IX statement.

ASU offers applicants an opportunity to voluntarily disclose information for the University’s affirmative action plan; applicants may complete an EEO survey for the position they are applying for online.

Information you’ll need to complete the survey:

Job Number: 11758
Job Title: Sustainable Engineering
Department Name: Engineering

Ram M. Pendyala, PhD
Professor, Transportation Systems
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85281
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26th of October 2016 07:21 PM
New 50% time professional job at UCSB to address food insecurity among UC Students and raise awareness of food justice and sustainable food systems.

Description: Performs the full range of implementation duties for the Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills program, food literacy programming, and other outreach and co-curricular engagement activities of the Food Security Taskforce and UC Global Food Initiative. This includes event planning, logistics for programs and co-curricular activities, speaker/instructor coordination, staffing of program committees, organization and coordination with partners, and management of student interns and volunteers. Ensures that students and/or volunteers.

If you are interested, please search for the job at: (Search Postings on left hand side, look for "Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Coordinator")

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
20th of September 2016 09:31 PM
Welcome incoming Fall Quarter 2016 Geography graduate students!
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15th of June 2016 05:38 PM
Congratulations to the class of 2016 Geography majors! Thanks Kristi for the great photos.
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15th of June 2016 05:35 PM
"It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking
In the dark"... Check out our GEOG 108 Urban Geography students, reenacting a scene from a famous 80's music video in the location where it was filmed. Jennifer Bernstein and 50 of her students took a field trip to the LA River and surrounding area. Full story here:
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10th of June 2016 06:13 PM
Ready, Set, Go! Seven teams of Geography undergraduate and graduate students participated in the Geography Department’s Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, June 2. Planned and executed by the Outreach Committee, (Heather Frazier, Nina Bingham, Sari Blakeley, Mike Johnson, Susan Meerdink, and Rafael Ramos) the event was hosted to promote interaction among the geocommunity and other participants, and to celebrate the end of the academic year. Featuring clues and activities all over campus, the participants had to combine team-work, strategy, endurance, and lots of enthusiasm. Some of the tasks included getting to one of the good surfing spots on campus, taking a photo with a duck couple, and even finding a sunken place where testudines call home!
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4th of May 2016 05:17 PM
Geography Staff are feeling Appreciated!

What better way to spend a Friday lunch hour in sunny Santa Barbara than on the patio at Los Agaves?

In honor of staff appreciation week, the Geography Department Staff were treated to lunch by Chair Dan Montello.

They participated in campus-wide events throughout the week, which culminated with a department scavenger hunt costume contest.

It's great to be in Geography!
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8th of April 2016 08:00 PM
UCSB Department of Geography:

The #1 Ranked Geography Program among Public Universities
-National Research Council latest rankings

What stirs your Geography Gaucho pride?

Participate in #UCSBGiveDay between 1-3pm today and your donation may be matched!
8th of April 2016 03:01 PM
Oh the places you'll go with UCSB Geography...

Geography Gauchos are all over the map!

Join us today and show your support for our outstanding department, as we continue to explore the world.

Give directly to UCSB Geography here: No donation is too small.
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7th of April 2016 10:49 PM
Nothing compares to UCSB! Join us back here tomorrow for our first-ever #UCSBGiveDay #UCSBgeog #Gauchos
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6th of April 2016 04:03 PM
5th of April 2016 04:42 PM
What does being a Gaucho mean to you? Show your Gaucho pride and support on #UCSBGiveDay Friday, April 8, 2016.

Join us in our first ever online giving campaign, and your contribution can be directed to UCSB Geography Department. Together we can continue the tradition of excellence! #Gauchos #UCSBgeog

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4th of April 2016 02:10 AM
29th of March 2016 09:20 PM
UCSB Spring Insight Open House is Saturday, April 9th.
Volunteers are needed to help with the food and to work the Geography booth. Please click on the link to sign up and help!