Grad News

James Rhatigan wins best thesis prize (August 9, 2017)

The prize is awarded to an outstanding MA thesis that best advances knowledge of Canada and Canadian Studies. James Rhatigan’s “Afterlife of a Mine: The Tangled Legacies of the Britannia Mine” was completed under the supervision of Matthew Evenden in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia. Visit the Canadian Studies Network – […]

Craig E. Jones on Densification, Displacement, and Underused housing in Metro Vancouver (May 2, 2017)

Craig E. Jones, a PhD candidate in UBC’s Department of Geography, addresses the topics of densification, displacement, and underused housing in a series of media publications: “An Already Densely Populated Metrotown is About to Get Crowded” – CKNW’s The Jill Bennett Show, April 30, 2017 “Metrotown neighbourhood already a high-density area, according to 2016 census“- […]

Alumnus John Thistle’s Scholarly Publishing Recognized (September 25, 2016)

  UBC Geography alumnus John Thistle (PhD 2009) published his first book, Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies, and Human Communities in Early British Columbia in 2015. 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. Since its publication, the […]

Craig A. Jones Wins 2016 Guggenheim Dissertation Award (June 20, 2016)

Congratulations to PhD Candidate, Craig A. Jones, for winning The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship this year. Craig’s dissertation is on The war lawyers: US, Israel and the spaces of targeting.

Craig A. Jones Wins 2016 Western Regional 3MT Competition (May 2, 2016)

Congratulations to PhD Candidate, Craig A. Jones, for winning the Western Regional 3 Minute Thesis Competition this year! Craig presented “The War Lawyers” on April 29th at UBC Okanagan campus. Craig will now move onto the National 3 Minute Thesis Competition where he will compete against 11 other finalists.

Human Geography 101 Workshop (April 29, 2016)

On the 22nd of April, physical and human geography grads came together to undertake a unique experiment in the form of a ’Human Geography 101’ workshop. The workshop, organized by the newly minted Geographic Identity Committee, was conceived as a way to foster intellectual and social exchange between physical and human geography grads, a need […]

Collaborative Graduate Seminar: “Researching Cities” (April 27, 2016)

This past term, graduate students from UBC and UCLA were involved in an experimental seminar, “Researching cities,” coordinated by Jamie Peck and by Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard at UCLA. The UBC and UCLA seminar groups connected each week by way of a video conference link, usually for around two hours, ably facilitated at the […]

Craig A. Jones, Winner of UBC’s Three Minute Thesis 2016 Competition (March 20, 2016)

Congratulations to PhD student Craig A. Jones for winning UBC’s Three Minute Thesis competition this year! His presentation, The War Lawyers, won First Place and People’s Choice out of 100 participating graduate students’ presentations. Craig will now advance to the Western regional competition at UBC-Okanagan at the end of April. Watch his presentation here.

Meet Laura Hempel, Visiting PhD Student (January 27, 2016)

Laura is a visiting student from Oregon State University, where she is working on her PhD in Geology. She has been working with Dr. Marwan Hassan in the Geo-Fluvial lab for several months. My fluvial journey I study how rivers work, aka fluvial geomorphology. I wish I had a cute and inspirational story about how […]

What does it mean to be a Geographer? (January 27, 2016)

In January 2016, PhD Students, Leonora King and Marc Tadaki hosted the first ever graduate student “workshop to discuss human and physical geographical identity”. An interesting and unique initiative, I read the blog post that accompanied the workshop invitation which highlighted the difficult question of what it means to be a geographer, especially in a […]

Yangdidi: Stories of Super Typhoon Maysak (January 12, 2016)

On March 31 2015, the remote Ulithi Atoll in Yap, Micronesia was devastated by a category 5 super typhoon, which slammed the islands with 265 km/hour winds. I visited just a few months later while working with One People One Reef, and it was immediately obvious in conversations with community members that they were eager […]

The Future of Physical Geography – Discussions at Kananaskis (November 25, 2015)

From the 10th to the 12th of November three UBC geographers ventured to Kananaskis, AB, to join Yvonne Martin (U Calgary) to discuss the meaning, value, and future of physical geography. Earlier this year, Yvonne Martin, Olav Slaymaker, and I (Marc Tadaki) co-organized special sessions at the Canadian Association of Geographers annual meeting held in […]

Arctic Dreaming – A field season on Ellesmere Island (October 21, 2015)

By Katriina O’Kane, MSc Student Standing on the sea ice, Danielle, Esther, and Cassandra are taking pictures of the Twin Otter airplane that just dropped us here. The plane is already in the distance now, getting ready to take off from the flat frozen ocean. Beside the women is a pile of boxes – various […]

Joey Lee Awarded Mozilla Fellowship for Science (October 13, 2015)

Congratulations to MSc Student Joey Lee who has won a Mozilla Fellowship for Science! He is one of only four fellows this year, chosen from a competitive group of 130 people. In his words: “As a Mozilla Science Fellow I will be working within the UBC community to help promote open science, open research, and in […]

Dan Cohen: The Mechanisms Behind Detroit Metro School Markets (September 23, 2015)

Watch the short film below by Detroit filmmaker/activist, Kate Levy, with Geography PhD Candidate Dan Cohen discussing the Detroit metro school markets.

Simon Gauthier-Fauteux, Fieldwork in Vanderhoof (September 17, 2015)

“How the unexpected made my field season unforgettable” I was privileged to spend my field season this summer up north in a small town called Vanderhoof. Vanderhoof is located on the banks of the Nechako River, about 100 kilometers west of Prince George or almost 900 kilometers north of Vancouver. My purpose for being there […]

Welcome New Geography Graduate Students (September 2, 2015)

Emily Acheson Program: PhD Supervisor: Brian Klinkenberg Hometown: Mississauga, ON “I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and moved to Vancouver to pursue my PhD in Geography with Dr. Brian Klinkenberg. I’ve always enjoyed learning about animal ecology, but became particularly fascinated with parasites during my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. I completed my […]

Considering the so-called Richmond “signage issue” (June 29, 2015)

By Elanna Nolan, PhD Candidate If you talk about “the signage issue” in Richmond BC, most residents of Metro Vancouver would probably know what you were talking about. It refers to the ringing complaint that Chinese languages dominate Richmond’s linguistic landscape. In the past few years the City of Richmond has refused to heed these […]

Jake Wall wins GIScience Competition! (June 10, 2015)

Congratulations to our recent PhD (2015) graduate Jake Wall for winning GIScience Study Group and Esri Canada’s student presentation competition at this year’s CAG Meeting! His winning presentation is titled, “African elephant conservation: new spatial approaches bring new understanding”.

Matt Dyce wins the CAG Starkey-Robinson Award (June 3, 2015)

  Congratulations recent PhD (2014) graduate Matt Dyce for winning the Canadian Association of Geographers Starkey-Robinson Award for his dissertation, A Spatial History of Canada: Archives, Knowledge, and Geography. Matt Dyce is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg. Photo by M. Benedictson, University of Winnipeg