Geogramme is an annual newsletter for UBC Geography alumni.


Geogramme News

Alumnus John Thistle’s Scholarly Publishing Recognized
His first book, Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies, and Human Communities in Early British Columbia, has received multiple awards.

Message From the Head
The Department of Geography at UBC has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most productive and influential departments in the field, worldwide, with a reach extending far into the environmental, physical, and social sciences. Having served as Head for the past 3 years I can attest to the excellent work being done in […]

UBC Geography Alumna Wins Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award
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 […]

PWIAS Roundtable: “Geopolitical Economies of Development and Democratization in East Asia”
  This past May 27-29, some 38 scholars from UBC and around the world participated in the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) International Research Roundtable entitled “Geopolitical Economies of Development and Democratization in East Asia,” for which Jamie Peck and I served as co-investigators. The roundtable grew in part out of ongoing collaboration […]

Alumnus Joseph Shea in Nepal
Michele Koppes and I were in Nepal for a glaciology conference in March where we caught up with UBC Geography alumnus Joseph Shea (PhD ’10), a glacial hydrologist with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based out of Kathmandu. Then in April, the earthquakes struck. Naturally ICIMOD’s focus has shifted to supporting local […]

UBC Alumni Award: Gordon McBean
Congratulations to Gordon McBean, Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario, for receiving the UBC Alumni Award of Distinction! He was Professor and Chair of the Atmospheric Science Program in the UBC Department of Geography from 1988-1992 and had previously completed his BSc (’64) in Physics and PhD (’70) in Oceanography and Physics at […]

David Edgington: Along the Sanriku Coast
This July, Professor David Edgington continued his research into the recovery of northeast Japan following the 2011 `triple disaster’ of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant accident. He discusses his recent field research along the Sanriku coast of the Tohoku region. Tell me about your research trip to Northeast Japan; where did you go and […]

Geography Alumni
We love to hear from our alumni! Send your short bios to Jose Aparicio to be mentioned in our blog. Where Are They Now? Christopher Brangwin MA ’73 is a very proud Geography grad who valued his time at UBC and the Geography department very highly. As he lives in Australia, it is hard for […]

GeoGarden’s First Year
In 2011, a group of students put together a proposal to fill the Geography Building’s courtyard with a community garden. In their proposal, they expressed their desire to “transform underutilized space within the Geography Building courtyard into a place of food, community and education for the undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff who use the […]

Alumna Liz Leboe, Co-Founder of Jackets for Jasper
Okay, I apologize for this question because you’ve probably been asked it a million times now, but how did you get come up with the idea for Jackets for Jasper? Len and I travelled in Nepal in 2011 and we came to know our guide, Kamal, and his family well. We were asked to consider […]

Sustainability Learning Pathway Comes to Geography
Geography announces its Sustainability Learning Pathway for all BA and BSc degrees offered by the department. With funding from a University Sustainability Initiative Pathway Seed Grant, Dr. Brett Eaton led a project to develop specific, sustainability learning outcomes relevant to our specializations, and to map all existing courses in Geography onto these learning outcomes. Following […]

2015 Undergraduate and Alumni Survey Results
In January of 2015 the Department of Geography contacted the current undergraduate community as well as the previous four cohorts of Geography alumni to request their participation in a survey regarding several aspects of the Department. In total, 1247 people were invited to participate in the survey. From this, 87 current undergraduates and 67 alumni […]

Professor Emeritus John Chapman (1923-2015)
  It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our distinguished colleague John Chapman. Born in Poole, Dorset on July 24th, 1923 he died in Vancouver on June 9th 2015. John retired from UBC in 1988 having been a member of the department for about 40 years – probably a record. John […]

GEOG 379B Field School at Williams Lake
The inaugural cohort of the new Field Course in Human Geography and Environment and Sustainability Course overview Fieldwork is a cornerstone of geographical research, and should be an integral part of an undergraduate education in Geography. Noting the lack of an annual, local field course in Human Geography and Environment and Sustainability here at UBC, […]

New Assistant Professor Dr. Jessica Dempsey
The Department of Geography is excited to have Dr. Jessica Dempsey join us as Assistant Professor starting January 2016! Dr. Dempsey is also a UBC Geography alumna, having completed her MA in 2005 and PhD in 2011. She writes: “I am delighted to return to UBC Geography in January, the institutional home of my graduate training (MA […]

New Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Hunt
The Department of Geography would like to welcome Dr. Sarah Hunt who is coming to UBC as an Assistant Professor of Critical Indigenous Geographies in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Geography this coming July. Learn more about her research here. Photo by Amanda Laliberte

Graeme Wynn, “It’s About Time”
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 last official lecture as a professor as he will be on sabbatical leave for one year before starting his retirement on September 1, 2016. In the 1.5 hour talk, Professor Wynn began with almost […]

First Undergraduate Spring Conference
  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 […]

Interview with E&S Student, Musician, & Filmmaker, Luke Wallace
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 […]

Professor Emeritus John Ross Mackay (1915-2014)
Professor Emeritus John Ross Mackay, OC, FRSC, passed away on October 28, 2014. Ross first came to the Department of Geology and Geography at UBC in 1949, and continued to teach following his retirement from the Department of Geography in 1980. Remembered with fondness and respect by his colleagues, Ross was widely recognized as the […]