The Environment and Sustainability Program offers an integrated understanding of physical, ecological, economic, social, cultural and political systems, as they shape the world in which we live and influence the future of life on our planet.
The Human Geography Program covers a wide set of sub-disciplines that share in common the study of the human use and experience of the world. It covers such broad territory as the relations between nature and society, place and human identity, and the spatial basis of economies and societies.
The Geographical Biogeosciences Program is the study of the fundamental interactions between life and Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Biogeosciences is a discipline that inhabits the intellectual territory between the more traditional disciplines of the natural sciences.
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Boris Michel, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Hometown: Erlangen / Berlin, Germany Purpose of visit: I hope to find the time to write a good part of a book and can discuss my research with people at this extremely interesting department. Research: I am currently working on a project on the history of geography. I am interested […]
UBC Geography MSc student Joey Lee and his colleague Benedikt Groß have just launched a Kickstarter project called “Aerial Bold”. The two man army plans to build the first global map and typeface of the earth by traversing the satellite imagery of the entire planet and developing a set of image processing algorithms to find […]
Professor Emeritus John Ross Mackay, OC, FRSC, passed away on October 28, 2014. Ross first came to the Department of Geology and Geography at UBC in 1949, and continued to teach following his retirement from the Department of Geography in 1980. Remembered with fondness and respect by his colleagues, Ross was widely recognized as the […]
The Professional Leadership Network is UBC Geography’s graduate student mentorship program, which pairs up second year Master’s students with professionals in their specified area of interest. The initiative is in its third year of running and funded by a TLEF grant through the purpose of enhancing education through industry connections so students get a better sense of what they can […]
Submitted by PhD Candidate, Aaron Tamminga Between June 19th and 23rd 2013, southwestern Alberta experienced widespread flooding as a result of intense rainfall on a lingering snowpack in the Rocky Mountains. Over 100,000 people were displaced as rivers eroded and overtopped their banks, causing an estimated $1.7 billion in damages throughout the region. In spite […]
Submitted by MA Student, Colin Sutherland, GGA Social Committee Every autumn new graduate students and post-docs join our department, and the annual Whistler trip is one of a few events that invite current and new members of the UBC Geography community to chat, laugh and learn more about each other. This year’s trip took place only […]
Congratulations to Jonathan Luedee, who, as the recipient of the 2014 James Bourque Northern Doctoral Scholarship from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, has been invited to present a lecture to the RCGS annual general meeting in Ottawa in November on his dissertation research, “The Way of the Caribou” which analyzes the human and environmental history […]
Submitted by Adjunct Professor Tom Koch Growing international concern over Ebola has forced me to focus increasingly on the epidemic as it struggles toward pandemic status. My work in medical cartography, a kind of visual history of public health and the conditions that promote disease, has been focused, in recent months, just here. In August, […]
On 27 September, Adjunct Professor Richard Mackie gave the 5th annual Haig-Brown Memorial Lecture at the Museum at Campbell River. His lecture was also published as a chapbook entitled “The Local Muse: Roderick Haig-Brown and Vancouver Island,” by the Campbell River Community Arts Council. The following day, World Rivers Day, Mackie also spoke at the […]
On September 10th, Geography had a successful Open House to welcome the community to our newly renovated building and courtyard. During the summer of 2013, UBC initiated a large renovations project to fix long standing maintenance issues in the Geography Building. These renovations gave the department an opportunity to renovate existing spaces into four new […]