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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 […]

Sophie Webber, EGSG Dissertation Award Winner, (March 25, 2016)

Congratulations to our recent graduate, Sophie Webber (PhD ’15), for winning the Best Dissertation award in Economic Geography from the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers! Her winning dissertation was titled, “Adaptation Ecologies: Circuits of Climate Change Finance, Policy and Science in the Pacific Islands.”

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 […]

In Memoriam: John Hubert Wallis (1925-2015) (October 15, 2015)

John Hubert Wallis (BA’55, MA’61) was an early physical geographer, studying with Chapman, Stager and MacKay, and contributing to the Atlas of BC project, led by Dr. Chapman. Prior to that, he worked for a number of years in forestry. He trained as a teacher, and taught at Bamfield in the early 1950s. He spent most […]

Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith (PhD ’94) Wins New Zealand National Award (October 14, 2015)

In August 2015, UBC Geography Alumna Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith (PhD ’94) was one of ten recipients for the New Zealand National Awards for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching. She is pictured here receiving the award from the Minister of Tertiary Teaching, the Hon. Steven Joyce at the Awards function in ‘The Beehive’, New Zealand’s main […]

Jake Wall: Save the Elephants with Google Streetview (October 5, 2015)

Recent graduate, Jake Wall (PhD ’15), through his collaboration with Save the Elephants and Google Streetview, have enabled us to “walk with elephants”. “Walk with elephants in Africa via Google Street View” CBS News, September 16, 2015 “GOOGLE’S SECRET WEAPON TO SAVE AFRICA’S ELEPHANTS” Elle Magazine, September 15, 2015    

UBC Geography Alumna Wins Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award (September 22, 2015)

Governing Transboundary Waters: Canada, the United States and Indigenous Communities (Routledge), a book written by UBC Geography alumna (PhD ’09), Dr. Emma Norman won the Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award for best book in Political Geography through the American Association of Geographers. This is the second time that the award has been given to a member […]