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Professor Dr. Keith Clarke selected for 2018 Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award

  UCGIS is pleased to announce that Dr. Keith C. Clarke, Professor in our Department of Geography at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been selected for the 2018 Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award. In his 20+ year tenure at UCSB, Dr. Clarke had advised dozens of graduate students, many of whom sought him […]

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Climate Hazards Group featured in The New York Times

  An article titled, “Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest” by Somini Sengupta was published into the New York Times early this week. The article features Climate Hazards Group (CHG) Research Director Chris Funk, Field Scientist for CHG Gideon Galu, and their work with Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), looking […]

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Frederick (Fred) Mertz, Member of the Original Geography Masters Cohort, passes away

After a hard battle with lymphoma and related ailments, Fred Mertz (January 10, 1954 to February 18, 2018) passed away peacefully at his home in San Diego. Fred received his BA (1976) and MA (1984) degrees in Geography from UCSB. He was in the original cohort of all MA students, when the MA Geography program […]

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Waldo R. Tobler, Geography Professor Emeritus, passes away

Waldo R. Tobler, professor emeritus of Geography, famed cartographer and founder of the first law of geography, passed away on February 20, 2018 at the age of eighty-eight. Waldo received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington in 1961. After graduating, he spent sixteen years at the University of Michigan. His service at […]

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New to the Department: Vamsi Ganti

We are pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Vamsi Ganti to the Department of Geography. Vamsi was a Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at the Imperial College London. Prior to this, Vamsi was a postdoctoral scholar of Geology at the California Institute of Technology. Vamsi’s primary research interests lie in quantitatively […]

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Graduate Students honored at American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting

The 2017 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, December 11-15, 2017 and featured more than 22,000 talks and poster presentations by earth and space science researchers from around the world. Three UC Santa Barbara Geography graduate students, Brandi Gamelin, David Miller, and Erin Wetherley were honored […]

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“Meta-Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms for Engineering Optimization,” Hugo A. Loaiciga (Co-Author)

Meta-Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms for Engineering Optimization Announcing the publication of “Meta-heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms for Engineering Optimization”, co-authored by UCSB Department of Geography faculty Hugo A. Loaiciga.   This book introduces the main metaheuristic algorithms and their applications in optimization. It describes 20 leading meta-heuristic and evolutionary algorithms and presents discussions and assessments of […]

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UCSB Graduates Help Raise Awareness for Emission Free Traveling

After graduating from UCSB in spring of 2017, Daniel Connell and Quincy Lee embarked on a journey to South America, purely by bicycle. In documenting their journey, they hope to raise awareness of the ability of bicycles to vastly reduce global carbon emissions. In addition, their goal is to help carry out the mission of […]

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Geography Awareness Week 2017

Geography Awareness Week is an annual celebration during the third week in November to promote geographic literacy and education, organized by National Geographic Education Programs. Established by Presidential proclamation over 25 years ago, GAWeek is centered around events, policy advocacy, communication, volunteerism, and activities for students, families, and community members. Every year the UCSB Geography […]

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Welcome Message from New Department Chair, Stuart H. Sweeney

The UCSB Department of Geography is pleased to announce that Dr. Stuart H. Sweeney will be serving as the next chair of our department having begun his term July 1st, 2017. “Welcome and thank you for your interest in UCSB’s Department of Geography! As the twelfth department chair, I feel honored to lead a department […]

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