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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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 […]
What is the Human Geography Methods Committee? The Geography Graduate Students’ Association (GGA) formed the Human Geography Methods Committee several years ago (this is my second year on the Human Methods Committee, alongside Emily Rosenman, Elanna Nolan, and Paige Patchin) to promote knowledge exchange regarding the diverse research methods and methodologies employed by human […]
On January 27th 2015, the Department of Geography and St. John’s College hosted an event in celebration of Professor Emeritus John Ross Mackay’s life and career. The intimate gathering was held at the Fairmont Social Lounge in St. John’s College where approximately 50 of Ross Mackay’s colleagues and friends came together in remembrance. After […]
Trail Six, the Geography Students’ Association’s peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of geography, is calling for submissions! Email your submission to trai...@ubcgsa.ca. Authors of successful submissions will be notified in mid-January. Deadline is Thursday, January 8th at 11:00 pm! Criteria: One submission per person (excluding group submissions) Please do not re-submit submissions from prior years Maximum 4000 words but will […]
Congratulations to MA student Sarah Przedpelska and PhD student Alison Cassidy for winning the 2014 Outstanding TA Awards! This award recognizes the significant contribution that teaching assistants make to our undergraduate education, as they play a large role in shaping the overall quality of undergraduates’ learning experiences. Each year the department awards teaching prizes to two teaching […]
By PhD Student, Noémie Boulanger-LaPointe Pristine landscapes, untamed wildlife, and heroic explorers are too often the images used to represent the Canadian Arctic. Last summer, I completed my seventh field season in the Arctic and was struck more than ever by the importance of human-environment interactions, pollution, and intensive land use. Vast landscapes and wildlife […]
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 […]