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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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Introducing our 2017 Incoming Graduate Student Cohort

Our new graduate students come to us from a variety of places within the U.S. and internationally (Nanchang, China) holding diverse interests ranging from Brazilian Jiu Jitzu to yoga and pottery. We look forward to seeing what you all accomplish here in the Department of Geography! Welcome! Top row (from left to right): Deanna Nash, […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Justin Kiel

Justin Kiel, a UCSB alum who earned his BA in Geography with an Emphasis in Geographic Information Science, now develops maps to help response teams contain wildfires. Kiel, who has been involved with both the Sequoia and Whittier response efforts, is a geographic information systems (GIS) specialist for Veteran’s Emergency Technical Services (VETS).   VETS […]

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Geography Department Welcomes Katie O’Brien

We welcome Katie O’Brien to our Department of Geography Staff. As Student Programs Assistant, Katie will provide assistance with coordination of both graduate and undergraduate student programs for the department, as well as provide administrative and editing support as needed. Katie earned her BS in Anthropology and Geography at California Polytechnic State University where she also […]

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Graduate Degrees Conferred 2016-2017

Congratulations to our most recent UCSB Geographers who have completed their degrees. Listed below are those who earned their Masters and PhDs over the course of the year. Congratulations to those who have Mastered it, and to those who are Phinally Done! MA Daniel Phillips (Summer 2016) Maximilian Stiefel (Summer 2016) Cascade Tuholske (Summer 2016) […]

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Undergraduate Commencement and Awards 2017

Congratulations to the Geography class of 2017. Commencement was held on Saturday, June 17th, and the Geography department graduated a combined 62 students, achieving their Geography BA, Geography BA with GIS emphasis, or Physical Geography BS. After the ceremony, our department held a reception in the Ellison Courtyard to recognize our outstanding undergraduate students. Below are […]

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Quincy Lee, Outstanding Geography Student

Geography Undergraduate Quincy Lee has been designated as “the guy who would give the Most Interesting Man in the world a run for his money” by the UCSB Current. Quincy exemplifies the meaning of being a geographer, combining his interest in oceanography with writing and story telling in his studies. With the Raab Writing Fellowship […]

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2016-2017 Annual Geography Department Awards

2016-2017 Annual Geography Awards The following is the transcript used by Geography Professor Dan Montello  while presenting during the annual awards Colloquium on May 25, 2017. Jose Saleta‘s speech is also featured in the body of the text when he presents the Jose Saleta Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geography. Jose Saleta Award for Outstanding Contributions […]

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WIGS in a Year

  What has WIGS been up to this year? WIGS (Women in Geographical Sciences) seeks to support and empower women pursuing careers in geography through formal and informal activities aimed at sharing knowledge and building community, camaraderie, and professional networks. To this aim, we have hosted a whole plethora of events over the course of […]

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Graduate Student Outreach Committee at Tech Savvy

Three Geography graduate students volunteered on Sunday May 14, at Tech Savvy, a daylong conference held at UC Santa Barbara. This conference gives girls in grades six through nine an opportunity to explore STEM education and related careers through hands-on workshops. These workshops were created and run by Geography Graduate students Nina Bingham, Susan Meerdink, and […]

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