Those studying environmental geography attempt to address the ways in which human and non-human systems interact to alter environmental conditions. Students may enter environmental geography from natural science or social science perspectives and the Sustainable Development Research Initiative provides opportunities for new research initiatives.
From the natural sciences, faculty research interests include changes in biogeochemistry as a result of hydrological or geomorphological processes, biogeography, and water and atmospheric quality. In the social sciences, faculty interests incorporate analyses of natural resource allocation and policy, social and ethical issues of sustainability, environmental impact assessment, and local community development and resource use.
Efforts are made to develop research topics in environmental geography, which would integrate natural and social science perspectives. In addition, there is strong faculty support for research in environmental history, and several graduate students in human geography are working on the ‘culture of nature’ and the cultural politics of environmentalism.
Faculty working on ‘Environment and Sustainability’