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Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 2:08pm

Thesis Graduate Programs

Master of Geographic Information Systems

The Department of Geography facilitates flexibility and creativity in advanced geographical inquiry to develop research expertise among graduate students. Our faculty have extensive expertise within physical and human geography and geographic methods and offer personalized supervision and small graduate seminars.

Our programs draw upon the extensive opportunities for research in our vast regional laboratory and the specialized research foci of the academic staff.

Research Interests

Submitted by darmstro on Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:52am

Human Geography

Local environmental problems about protected areas management, global environmental policy issues and environment-development conflicts; urban and political processes and power relations that shape cities and regions, linking processes from the local to the global; development, power and justice processes and linkages between economic and social development, power relations and justice issues; smart cities; critical food studies, housing, urban social movement, and public engagement.

Physical Geography

Climate research into permafrost, sea ice, glaciology, and alpine weather and climate; Earth surface topics as varied as wildfire ecology and slope stability, melting of permafrost and hydrology, northern soils and links to carbon dioxide/methane exchange, and the erosional and depositional legacy of ice age glaciers; environmental processes and natural resources including satellite-based forest monitoring and landcover mapping, ecohydrology of wetlands, landscape ecology,  and the conservation of sensitive species; forest ecology.

Geospatial Methods

Novel algorithm and tool/model development as well as the analysis of data as diverse as airborne thermal imagery to quantify urban waste heat, interferometric SAR to monitor glacial ice movement, hyperspectral optical imagery to evaluate temporal vegetation phenology, high-resolution weather data to characterize the spatial-temporal patterns of meteorological variability, LiDAR to quantify forest biomass and above-ground-carbon, multispectral optical imagery to map and model grizzly bear habitat, and understanding the relationships between disease and socio-economic variables; Urban GIS and web mapping.

  • The above research interest lists are not comprehensive. Meet our Faculty and learn more about those working in your area of interest.

Degree options

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS)


Graduate Program Administrator

Graduate Program Director
Greg McDermid
ES 320

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