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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On April 9th, Professor Graeme Wynn delivered the last colloquium lecture of the term, “It’s About Time: Reflections on a Career in Geography”, coinciding with his approaching retirement. In the 1.5 hour talk, Wynn began with almost a reflection on reflections, that “statistics were only half of life; imaginative interpretation is the other half”. He narrated […]
Professor Marwan Hassan’s appointment as Head of the Department of Geography has been extended to June 2017! Since his appointment in July 2012, Marwan Hassan has garnered immense support from students, staff, and faculty for his enthusiastic involvement in running the department.
Article and photos by May Farrales, PhD Candidate I walk into a small school gymnasium on the outskirts of Coquitlam. The gym floor and stage are crowded with players. Many of the players have come here straight from work and are eager to get on the court. I scan the gym for any familiar […]
The Department of Geography’s first Undergraduate Spring Conference (organized by Geography Students’ Association’s VP External, Emily Huang) was held on April 8th in the Geography Building. Jialin Yang, VP Academic and co-editor in chief of this year’s Trail Six, also gave everyone a glimpse of what the journal will look like this year. There were […]
This year’s GeoGala was held on April 2nd, just before the Easter long weekend, at Sage Bistro. Over 100 students, faculty, and staff were in attendance. The evening was hosted by GSA President Josh Cutler and VP Social Elizabeth Good. Professor Marwan Hassan, Head of the Geography Department, made a moving speech weaving in river allegories […]
Congratulations Professor Graeme Wynn! The concluding session of the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in Washington DC saw UBC geographer Graeme Wynn acclaimed as Vice-President (2015-17) and President-elect (2017-2019) of the Society. He is the first Canadian and first geographer to serve in these roles in the forty-year history of […]
Learning more about career opportunities is extremely beneficial for all students. The Geography Students’ Association recognizes that it’s important to provide Geography students with chances to connect with alumni and professionals working in geography-related fields. This year’s 6th Annual Careers Night was on Monday, March 2nd. Guests present included Ian Fisher, Eve Hou (Metro Vancouver), […]
UBC Geography alumnus John Thistle (PhD 2009) has just published his first book, Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies, and Human Communities in Early British Columbia. The book explores the ecology and history of BC interior’s grasslands and the people who lived there in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. John Thistle is currently […]
First of all, congratulations on your recent album release (Kitimat LP)! How did you get into making music and recording albums in the first place? I began playing trumpet and piano at a young age and was very into jazz and blues trumpet during my teen years. When I turned 15 I picked up a […]
What is Trail Six? How did the idea of an undergraduate journal for geography begin? Trail Six is UBC’s Undergraduate Journal of Geography. The idea naturally came out of the absence of a geography undergraduate journal at UBC. The Journal of International Affairs and the Journal of Political Science have been around for quite a […]