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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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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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