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Undergrad Spotlight: Julia Santos

Julia Santos is a 2nd year is a double major in the Physical Geography BS with the Ocean Science Emphasis and Environmental Studies BA.     Why did you choose the geography major? What areas of geography interest you?  I chose to major in Physical Geography with an Ocean Science Emphasis because of my love […]

Alumni Spotlight: Pace Farbstein, Class of 2019

Pace Farbstien graduated in June 2019 with a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies, and now works as a Geospatial Analyst with Stanford ‘s Maps and Records Department with fellow UCSB Alumni, Andrew Ferguson. Why did you choose the Geography major? The summer going into my senior year I decided to add the geography double […]

Katie Maynard receives UC System Sustainability Champion Award

Katie Maynard, who serves as the Event Manager and Sustainability Coordinator for UCSB’s Sustainability Staff, was recently recognized for her tremendous contributions to the UC’s sustainability efforts with the UC System Sustainability Champion Award. Katie’s career in sustainability began at UCSB as an undergraduate student where she helped lead system-wide change to create the Education […]

Remembering Meryl Wieder

Meryl Wieder passed away at age 80 on Tuesday, June 12, 2019. She served as the UCSB Department of Geography’s first Management Services Officer beginning in 1978 and retired in 2004. In addition to being one of the longest-serving former members of the department’s administrative staff, she played a key role in the development of […]

2019 Staff Celebration Week

Staff Celebration Week celebrates the hard work and achievements of UCSB staff.  The Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Council in coordination with members from other campus organizations, organizes and publishes the calendar of events, opportunities, and discounts available to staff members during this exciting week.  This is a special opportunity for staff organizations, departments, central offices, and […]

Department of Geography 2018-2019 Awards Colloquium

On Thursday, May 30, 2019 the Department of Geography held their 2018-2019 Annual Awards Colloquium.  Following is a list of awards given out by the Department Chair, Professor Stuart Sweeney.   Graduate Student Awards The Department of Geography Excellence in Teaching Award is given to a graduate student who has an outstanding teaching and teaching […]

Alumni Spotlight – Michael Robinson – Class of 2009

Dr. Michael Robinson holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a PhD in Geography, both from UC Santa Barbara (UCSB).  He is just finishing his tenth year teaching, Physical Geography, Weather & Climate, Geographic Information Systems, Field Studies of Eastern Sierra Nevada and Field Studies in Death Valley, at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC).  I recently […]

Richard “Rick” Lee Cramer Jr.

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Richard “Rick” Lee Cramer Jr., 43 years young and UCSB’s Director of IT for the Department of Geography, passed away unexpectedly.  He was killed while driving his motorcycle on his early morning commute to work. Born on June 8th, 1975 in Santa Barbara, CA, he was a first born son […]

Geography Department “Geog Gals” Participate in Corn Hole Tournament

For over 60 years, UC Santa Barbara has been proud to partner with United Way of Santa Barbara County to raise resources and mobilize volunteers to serve those most at risk locally.  This year a corn hole tournament was added to the roster of fundraising. The Geography Department represented with team “Geog Gals”, consisting of […]

Geography Awareness Week 2018

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 […]