News Archive


2017


October

Perfect fit Newly minted master of arts graduate signs up for PhD

Originally from Regina, Sask., Caitlynn Beckett thought attending graduate school in St. John’s, N.L., would be a “fantastic adventure.”

Now about to graduate from Memorial with a master of arts degree in geography on Oct. 19, she is already enrolled in a PhD program in the same department. As an added bonus, she recently received an F.A. Aldrich Graduate Award.

SmartICE a recipient of the UN Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award

Memorial University’s SmartICE project, headed by Dr. Trevor Bell, Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, has been named one of 19 recipients of the United Nations (UN) Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award.

Congratulations to John-Michael Davis

Congratulations to John-Michael Davis on successfully passing the PhD oral defence on Tuesday 10 October of his thesis,“Defining an Equitable Israeli-Palestinian E-Waste Economy”.   All of us in Geography congratulate John-Michael and look forward to seeing many more results from his continuing research!

Blue Box Seminar


Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

 

Time: 4pm - 5pm

 

Location:  SN2067

 

Summary: “Ecological inertia slows tree species' responses to climate change. Or: Lichens and voles and weevils, oh my!”

E-waste recycling in Palestine
John-Micael Davis, a Memorial University PhD student, is collecting the soil to test for contaminants left behind after electronic waste was dismantled and burned.

July

Congratulations to Katherine Wilson

Congratulations to Katherine Wilson on successfully passing the PhD comprehensive examination on Friday, June 21st.   All of us in Geography congratulate Katherine and look forward to seeing the results of her research!

Conference: "Adapting Heritage: Engage, Innovate, Rejuvenate!"

"Adapting Heritage... Engage, Innovate, Rejuvenate!"   St. John's, October 25-28, 2017

June

Blue Box Seminar

The Changing World Laguage Map: An Interdisciplinary Language Megabook Editing Project.

Professor Stan Brunn, University of Kentucky, Department of Geography

Tuesday, June 20, noon-1pm, Sn 2025

May

Small and Adaptive Cities 2017

This fall Memorial University will host the first-of-its-kind conference in Canada focused exclusively on small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) around the world. Urban scholars and professionals are invited to come together to St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, to present, learn, and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the contemporary small city. We welcome research and projects on SMCs across four themes: equity and inclusiveness, sustainability and adaptability, policy and governance, and demography and immigration. To learn more and to register, visit www.munacespace.com/conference.

Blue Box Seminar

Sustainable or Unsustainable Faroe Islands?Between Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets and Oil Dreams

Professor Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær,

University of the Faroe Islands

Thursday 25th May, 3:30-4:30pm, SN-2000

Ready and able: Temporary foreign workers can help solve labour gap in N.L.

Honourary Research Professor, Dr. Keith Storey, director of the Population Project, notes that demographic changes in the province will present some significant policy challenges in the coming years.

Our Recent Award Winners

MUN Geography is pleased to recognize our most recent graduate award winners!

April

Congratulations to Alex Zahara

Congratulations to Alex Zahara on successfully passing the PhD comprehensive examination with distinction on Friday 21 April.   All of us in Geography congratulate Alex and look forward to seeing the results of his research!

March

Book Launch: Sweat Equity

Come celebrate the launch of Sweat Equity: Cooperative House-Building in Newfoundland, 1920-1974. 

Location: Centre for Newfoundland Studies, 3rd Floor, QEII Library

When: March 22ed at 3:30PM

Spring 2017 courses: Undergraduate and Graduate

Geography course listing for the Spring 2017 semester: Undergraduate and Graduate

Blue Box Seminar

Caitlynn Beckett, MA Candidate
"Mine Closure and Community Engagement, A Case Study of Giant Mine, NWT”

and

Dr. John Sandlos, Department of History
"Warning Signs: Communicating with the Future at a Contaminated Northern Mine”

Friday, March 10
3-4pm
SN-2025

February

Andrew Arreak Is Helping Inuit and Arctic Researchers Work Together - Motherboard

A community-led project called Ikaarvik prioritizes traditional Inuit knowledge.

Winter 2017 Exam Schedule

Winter 2017 Exam Schedule is now online.

Blue Box Seminar

Blue Box Seminar Series Presents:

Public Dialogue on Social Licence to Operate

Dr. Arn Keeling (presenting) and Dr. Trevor Bell

AND

Ends of Repair

Dr. Josh Lepawsky and Dr. Charles Mather

 

Friday Feb 10, 3-4pm, Sn 2025

January

Geography Blue Box Seminar

Geography Blue Box Seminar
DATE Friday, January 20
TIME: 3-4pm
WHERE: SN-2025
DESCRIPTION: John-Michael Davis, Department of Geography,  "Defining an E-waste Fair Trade in the Israeli-Palestinian Informal Sector”


2016


December

SmartICE awarded prestigious Arctic Inspiration Prize!

SmartICE, led by Dr. Trevor Bell of MUN Geography, is one of three projects awarded the Arctic Inspiration Prize at the ArcticNET meeting in Winnipeg.

Nature article featuring PhD student John-Michael Davis

Geography's PhD student John-Michael Davis' has his work highlighted in "Nature."  The article focuses on e-waste flows between Israel and the West Bank. 

November

Geography Department Publishes Research Report for 2015/16

The Geography Department is pleased to announce the production of our third annualResearch Report . The report covers the 2015-16 academic year, and was produced as a part of the Scholarship in the Arts programme. 

Blue Box Seminar Series

Blue Box Seminar Series presents: 

Climatological perspective of fog from the Hibernia platform by Elnaz Bodaghkhani and

Remote sensing of built-up areas using RADARSAT-2 and COSMO SkyMed images by Dr. Elizabeth Simms.

Friday, November 25th, 3-4pm, SN 2025

New graduate study opportunities

Several geography faculty have announced fully funded studentships MA, MSc., and PhD programs, starting in Spring or Fall 2017. These opportunities include positions studying local immigration practices, place-based knowledge, community participation in mine remediation in Northern Canada, anthropocene and decarbonization and social licence and community planning in Newfoundland's aquaculture sector. Each of these positions comes with an attractive student stipend and exciting research opportunities. Learn more about these opportunities here

Blue Box Seminar Series presents "Hanging on the Edge of Extincition?"

Hanging on the Edge of Extinction? Managing the future of Limestone Barrens endemic plants to decrease the probably of extinction. 

Presentation by Dr. Luise Hermanutz, Dept. of Biology, Nov. 18, 3-4 pm, Sn-2025

Memorials most northern employee monitors ice for safe travel

As the local research co-ordinator for SmartICE (Sea-ice Monitoring and Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments), Mr. Arreak is combining traditional ice knowledge with the latest technology in satellite tracking and ice sensing equipment to map ice conditions in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut.

Recent MUN Geography PhD, Michelle Porter has been long listed for the National CBC Poetry Prize!

Michelle's poem explores the topic of home and was composed during her dissertation research and writing on decolonizing notions of place and home in Canada.
 
Please join us in congratulating Michelle for this achievement and for bringing a spotlight on MUN Geo-Humanities research and writing.

October

Congrats to Prof Emeritus Ches Sanger!

Congratulations to Department of Geography, Memorial University's Prof Emeritus Ches Sanger on his nomination for a Saltire Award for his book Scottish Arctic Whaling.

Blue Box Seminar Series presents: Geography Ignite Talks!

Geography Ignite Talks: 20 slides, 15 seconds/slide, 5 Minutes!

Blue Box Seminar Series

This week we will hear from two Department of Geography Postdocs working with the Too Big To Ignore research program:

Dr. Delphine Rocklin
“Drill down and roll up: An insight into the world of small-scale fisheries”
&
Dr. Manuel Muntoni
“Small fish, big stake: vulnerability and adaptation of small-scale small pelagic fisheries to global change”

Friday, October 21
3-4pm
SN-2025

Finding Food Workshop

You are invited to participate in a panel and workshop on local food policy taking place on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Foran Room at St. John’s City Hall.

Blue Box Seminar Series Presents: Beneath the Surface: Inuit Miners at Rankin Inlet, 1957-1962.

Please join us, and feel free to bring some movie snacks!
Friday Oct. 14, 3-4pm
SN-2025

What matters to People

Protecting marine life, promoting sustainable resource development and addressing issues around climate change aren’t the only things that add up to safe and sustainable ocean development.

Academic Leniency

Memorial University recognizes that the remnants of Hurricane Matthew are having a significant impact on the island of Newfoundland.

Vital Signs Report

Dr. Alvin Simms and Jamie Ward of the Geography Department participated in the "Vital Signs" report which highlights differences between urban and rural Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Congrats to the Dean's List recipients!

“Congratulations to Natalya Dawe, Stephanie Wright, and Christopher Dabon for their academic success in being named to the Dean’s List for Humanities and Social Sciences!”

Blue Box Seminar Series

Blue Box Seminar Presents: The  lived experience of extractive industries in the Arctic by Florian Stammler and Aytilina Ivanova.  Friday, Oct. 7th, 3-4 pm, SN 2025

Public Service Announcement

Dialogue on Social Locense to Operate: A Public forum

Geography professor to head up national institute

Geography professor Dr. Rodolphe Devillers has been named president of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG)

September

Invisible infrastructure

Exploring maintenance and repair in a tech-dependent society!

Blue Box Seminar Series Presents "Revitalization and capitalization of heritage landscapes"

Presentation by John Norman from Bonavista Living & Bonavista Creative.  Friday, Sept 30th, 3-4pm, Sn-2025.

StatCan is hiring

Statistics Canada is recruiting Geographers, Economists and Sociologists!

Congrats to Dr. Vince Lecours!

Congratulations to Dr. Vince Lecours for his successful dissertation defense this morning, and to his supervisory committee for helping him through.

Presentation: Collections-sharing strategic information

The Department of Biology and Geography present: Collections-sharing strategic information.  A presentation by Gisele Mitrow.  Tuesday, September 20th, 4-5pm, SN-2018. 

Presentation: Mistaken Point-The Story Behind the UNESCO Designation

Friday, September 23rd, 7-9pm, Johnson GEO CENTRE

Blue Box Seminar Series

Department of Geography Blue Box Seminar Series: Fridays, 3-4, Sn 2025

Advancing Ocean Exploration and Discovery

Memorial is celebrating a milestone that will see researchers and graduate students from multiple disciplines undertake some of the world’s most ambitious research aimed at unlocking the secrets of the North Atlantic.

August

Refugees, Migration, & Arrival by Water: A Public Symposium marking the 30th anniversary of the rescue of Tamil refugees

On August 13th, 2016, from 10:00am to 12:00pm, the Canadian Tamil Congress and the Geography Department at Memorial University invite you to attend a ‘Refugees, Migration, and Arrival by Water’ Symposium at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland.  

July

Geography is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Woods

Geography is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Woods, Professor of Transformative Social Science, Aberystwyth University of Wales, to the department.  

Bethany Downer, a recent Geography graduate, hopes to be Newfoundland and Labrador's first astronaut.

The St. John's native and recent Memorial University graduate is one of 46 prospective space cadets from the province, having answered the Canadian Space Agencies open call for astronauts.

Twenty-year projections for Labrador and Northern Peninsula released as part of provincial Population Project

The rapidly aging population in Newfoundland and Labrador is not a new story, but a project commissioned by Memorial University’s Harris Centre aims to clarify how changing demographics will affect the province, along with offering independent, evidence-based recommendations on how to prepare for the future.

June

Eaten anything good lately?

Globalisation of Food examines the production and consumption of food at global and local scales. The course examines how food production has become increasingly globalised and industrialised. Recent alternatives to the industrialisation and globalisation of food are explored through local food initiatives, fair trade and organic food.      

Fall 2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

A list of undergraduate and graduate courses available in the Fall semester of 2016.

May

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Simms on completion of 25 years service to MUN Geography

Congratulations to Dr. Élizabeth Simms on completion of 25 years’ service to MUN Geography
 
Élizabeth joined the department in 1990.  Her research focuses on the use of RADARSAT-2 and COSMO-Skymed synergy and data application development. She is the Coordinator for the Geographical Information Sciences Diploma, has taught numerous courses throughout her tenure, and willingly takes numerous active roles in Department, Faculty, and University service and administration. All of us in Geography congratulate Élizabeth on reaching this milestone!

April

Today is both a good day and a bad day for Nunatsiavut and its people, the Labrador Inuit

A collaborative project with the Nunatsiavut Government, the University of Manitoba, and Harvard University investigates the impact of Muskrat Falls on Lake Melville. 

 

Coyote concerns "There is a need to co-exist with wildlife," says geographer

You are more likely to be struck by lightning seven times before being attacked by an animal predator.

With odds like that, why are people so worried about the presence of coyotes? Dr. Alistair Bath, Department of Geography, has studied coyote/human interactions, particularly in Cape Breton Highlands National Park and on the island portion of our province He will participate in an information session this week about coyotes in St. John’s.

 

Congratulations to Professor Jo Shawyer on her Manning Award for Outstanding Heritage Supporter

Dr. Jo Shawyer’s tireless work has had a lasting impact on the historic presentation of local communities, the quality of our province’s museums, and the understanding of our agricultural heritage. The creativity, accessibility and high standards of her work has led to many successful projects that engaged the Newfoundland and Labrador public with the province’s unique heritage.

From killers to guardians:Geographer working with Maasai lion hunters to achieve conservation

An associate professor of geography at Memorial is playing a small role in a big project helping to turn African lion killers into lion guardians.

February

Congratulations to Bethany Downer

We’re pleased to announce that Geography’s Bethany Downer is among only 40 students worldwide to be accepted to begin study at the International Space University in Strasburg, France.  Bethany has been undertaking research in Human Dimensions of Wildlife, working with Alistair Bath and the HD team in Geography.  It may appear to be a giant step from wildlife to space, but as Bethany writes, “one of the compelling aspects of my application was my research experience… None of this would be possible if it weren't for all of the time, consideration, contribution, and support you have all given me.”   

All of us in the Department of Geography congratulate Bethany on her acceptance to ISU, and wish her success in her Master of Space Studies programme.

January

Big potential: Researchers contribute to Nordic project on Arctic resource extraction

Nordic countries are looking west and to the research expertise of Memorial University as they look tap into the lucrative resources of the Arctic, widely considered the new frontier of extractive development.

 

Congratulations to Steve Bonnell

Former MUN Geography Grenfell undergraduate and St. John's graduate student, Steve Bonnell, recently successfully defended his PhD dissertation in geography at the University of Dundee, the topic of which was "Strategic Environmental Assessment: Its Potential Adoption and Use in Corporate Strategic Planning and Decision Making."

Steve Bonnell is currently Environmental Assessment Practice Leader at Amec Foster Wheeler in St. John's.

 

Congratulations to Steve Bonnell

Former MUN Geography Grenfell undergraduate and St. John's graduate student, Steve Bonnell, recently successfully defended his PhD dissertation in geography at the University of Dundee, the topic of which was "Strategic Environmental Assessment: Its Potential Adoption and Use in Corporate Strategic Planning and Decision Making."

Steve Bonnell is currently Environmental Assessment Practice Leader at Amec Foster Wheeler in St. John's.

 

Marine Plastics in Newfoundland Fish & Ecosystems Public Meeting

A team of MUN researchers has started a long-term study of marine plastics in Newfoundland by assessing plastic content in cod guts from the September 2015 food fishery. At the meeting, they will present their findings, discuss the issue of marine plastics more broadly, and collect input from attendees regarding their concerns around plastic pollution in Newfoundland.


2015


December

New graduate study opportunities

Several geography faculty have announced fully funded studentships MA, MSc., and PhD programs, starting in Spring or Fall 2016. These opportunities include positions studying urban immigration in St. John’s, biogeography and ecology, marine biodiversity and conservation, and northern contaminants. Each of these positions comes with an attractive student stipend and exciting research opportunities. Learn more about these opportunities here

SmartICE project takes on climate change

Trevor Bell, geography professor, is the lead investigator of the SmartICE project in the Inuit-controlled region of Nunatsiavut in the north of Labrador, which will see a new system combining traditional ice knowledge with the latest technology in satellite tracking and ice sensing equipment. 

 

SmartICE project takes on climate change

Trevor Bell, geography professor, is the lead investigator of the SmartICE project in the Inuit-controlled region of Nunatsiavut in the north of Labrador, which will see a new system combining traditional ice knowledge with the latest technology in satellite tracking and ice sensing equipment. 

 

 

New Special Topics Course for Winter 2016

Department of Geography introduces new special topics course for Winter 2016, Geography 4917 - Corals and Coral Reefs.

November

Launching "Guardians of Eternity"

You are invited to join Arn Keeling and John Sandlos for the St. John’s launch of “Guardians of Eternity,” the collaboratively produced documentary film by France Benoit about the toxic legacies of Yellowknife’s Giant Mine. This free screening is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., SN 2109Parking for this event is available in Lot 15B.

 

Dr. Edinger presents at First International Carbonate Mound Conference

Dr. Evan Edinger, Department of Geography, presented one of the keynote talks at the First International Carbonate Mound Conference (ICMC) in Monte Verità conference centre, Locarno, Switzerland.

The Arctic at your feet

Geography is all over the map. The Arctic Alive giant floor map that is.

New Special Topics Course for Winter 2016

Department of Geography introduces new special topics course for Winter 2016, Geography 4917 - Corals and Coral Reefs.

October

Congrats to Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee on a prestigious award nomination!

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee of the Department of Geography is a finalist for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact Award in recognition of her groundbreaking work on small-scale fisheries.

Dr. Bruce Braun: Geography's Visiting Researcher

Dr. Bruce Braun, Professor at University of Minnesota, will be visiting the department this week as part of our Scholarship for the Arts Speaker Series. 

Dr. Stuart Kirsch: Geography's visiting speaker

Dr. Kirsch will speak about the intersections of scholarship and activism this week as he visits Memorial as part of the Scholarship in the Arts speakers series.

September

Congratulations to Melinda Agapito!

Melinda Agapito has successfully defended her PhD on making trade-offs explicit in marine conservation planning. 

Blue Box Seminar: Dr. Nicholas Lynch

Dr. Nicholas Lynch to present the Blue Box Seminar Friday, September 11th.

August

Dr. Alistair Bath Awarded 2015 President's Award for Outstanding Graduate and Postgraduate Student Supervision

Geography’s Alistair Bath was recently awarded the 2015 President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate and Postgraduate Student Supervision.

Dr. Carissa Brown wins W.S. Cooper Award from Ecological Society of America

Dr. Carissa Brown was the 2015 co-recipient of the W.S. Cooper Award from the Ecological Society of America.

July

Dr Neha Gupta and Colleagues Awarded SSHRC Connection Grant

Dr Neha Gupta and colleagues have been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant for 2015-2016 for a project led by Laurentian University and in partnership with Wilfred Laurier University and the Huron-Wendat First Nation.

Jon Lien Memorial Scholarship winner

Geography’s Simone Cominelli is this year’s winner of the Jon Lien Memorial Scholarship, she is entering her MSc programme under the supervision of Dr. Rodolphe Devillers. 

Canadian Northern Studies Trust Scholarship winners

Geography’s Jeanette Carney and Merran Smith each recently were awarded a Canadian Northern Studies Trust Scholarship.  The awards, sponsored by the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies, encourage research and provide experience for graduate students in Canada’s North.

New Opportunities for Graduate Study

We are pleased to announce three new fully funded graduate study opportunities for an interdisciplinary, STS-driven project on Action-Research Methods for the Anthropocene.

June

Geography Department Faculty and Staff Members Celebrate 100 Years Combined Service in 2015

Four faculty and staff in the Geography department recently reached landmarks in years of service at MUN. Charlie Conway (pictured) has worked with the Geography Department for 35 years.

 

May

Geography Department Faculty and Staff Members Celebrate 100 Years Combined Service in 2015

Four faculty and staff in the Geography department recently reached landmarks in years of service at MUN. Charlie Conway (pictured) has worked with the Geography Department for 35 years.

Geography’s Trevor Bell featured in cover story of latest issue of Luminus

Trevor Bell is featured in the cover story (and wrote the last word) in the Winter 2015 edition of Luminus, Memorial's alumni magazine.

 

Geography’s Trevor Bell featured in cover story of latest issue of Luminus

Trevor Bell is featured in the cover story (and wrote the last word) in the Winter 2015 edition of Luminus, Memorial's alumni magazine.

April

Our Recent Award Winners

MUN Geography is pleased to recognize our most recent graduate award winners!

 

Positive footprint

When geography student Bethany Downer became inspired to start a non-profit organization while attending the 2014 Impact Youth for Sustainability conference in Guelph, Ont., she couldn’t have anticipated the impact her decision would have.


 

María José Barragán-Paladines Successfully Defends PhD Dissertation

Congratulations to María José Barragán-Paladines, PhD student of Alistair and Ratana, on the successful defense of her dissertation on March 31.

 

María José Barragán-Paladines Successfully Defends PhD Dissertation

Congratulations to María José Barragán-Paladines, PhD student of Alistair and Ratana, on the successful defense of her dissertation on March 31.

March

Maintaining culture in the face of climate change

The Labrador Inuit communities of Rigolet and North West River are located on the shores of Lake Melville in south-central Labrador, where sea ice forms an integral part of local Inuit t culture and wellbeing. 

Special Blue Box live-stream: Dr. Steeve Côté to discuss Caribou conservation in Labrador and Quebec

Tune in to watch the Blue Box seminar LIVE on Friday, March 6 at 3pm (Newfoundland time).

Viewers are welcome to to submit comments or questions during the talk and discussion.

 

Special Blue Box live-stream: Dr. Steeve Côté to discuss Caribou conservation in Labrador and Quebec

Tune in to watch the Blue Box seminar LIVE on Friday, March 6 at 3pm (Newfoundland time).

Viewers are welcome to to submit comments or questions during the talk and discussion.

Dr. Lance Morgan, President of the Marine Conservation Institute, to Visit the Geography Department Next Week

Dr. Morgan will participate in a number of activities within the department, the faculty-wideArts on Oceans program, and a workshop organized by the Marine Institute. His Arts on Oceans talk, “Quest for healthy seas: a lasting future for people and marine life” is part of the Scholarship for the Arts Speaker Series. Dr. Morgan will also speak in the Geography Department’s Blue Box Seminar Series; both events are free and open to the public.

 

Dr. Lance Morgan, President of the Marine Conservation Institute, to Visit the Geography Department Next Week

Dr. Morgan will participate in a number of activities within the department, the faculty-wide Arts on Oceans program, and a workshop organized by the Marine Institute. His Arts on Oceans talk, “Quest for healthy seas: a lasting future for people and marine life” is part of the Scholarship for the Arts Speaker Series. Dr. Morgan will also speak in the Geography Department’s Blue Box Seminar Series; both events are free and open to the public.

February

Geography Department Publishes Research Report for 2013/14

The Geography Department is pleased to announce the production of our second annual Research Report . The report covers the 2013-14 academic year, and was produced as a part of the Provost's Scholarship in the Arts programme. 

January

Geography's John-Michael Davis awarded SSHRC PhD Fellowship

John-Michael Davis, currently doing his PhD under the supervision of Drs. Yaakov Garb and Josh Lepawsky, has been awarded a PhD Fellowship through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

Geography's John-Michael Davis awarded SSHRC PhD Fellowship

John-Michael Davis, currently doing his PhD under the supervision of Drs. Yaakov Garb and Josh Lepawsky, has been awarded a PhD Fellowship through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Geography Undergrad, Caitlyn Baikie, one of 5 under 30 Young Indigenous Leaders to Watch

Caitlyn Baikie was included in a short list of "the next generation of indigenous movers and shakers" to watch in 2015.

 

Geography Undergrad, Caitlyn Baikie, one of 5 under 30 Young Indigenous Leaders to Watch

Caitlyn Baikie was included in a short list of "the next generation of indigenous movers and shakers" to watch in 2015.

Geography's Trevor Bell named University Research Professor

Trevor was recently honoured as one of the very few “University Research Professors” designated by Memorial University.  The title of University Research Professor is awarded to faculty members who demonstrate a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature.

 

Geography's Trevor Bell named University Research Professor

Trevor was recently honoured as one of the very few “University Research Professors” designated by Memorial University.  The title of University Research Professor is awarded to faculty members who demonstrate a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature.

Major SSHRC Insight Grant awarded in geography

Memorial geography’s Arn Keeling (along with 5 co-investigators) received a major SSHRC Insight Grant in the 2014 competition. Their project, “Northern Exposures: Science, Indigenous people, and Northern Contaminants,” will investigate the environmental history and cultural politics of pollution and toxicity in Canada’s Arctic and northern regions. 

Major SSHRC Insight Grant awarded in geography

Memorial geography’s Arn Keeling (along with 5 co-investigators) received a major SSHRC Insight Grant in the 2014 competition. Their project, “Northern Exposures: Science, Indigenous people, and Northern Contaminants,” will investigate the environmental history and cultural politics of pollution and toxicity in Canada’s Arctic and northern regions. 

 


2014


December

So long and thanks for all the fish, Charlie.

Charlie has served as head of the Geography Department for five years; he will be finishing up at the end of this month, resuming as associate professor as of January 1.

So long and thanks for all the fish, Charlie.

Charlie has served as head of the Geography Department for six years; he will be finishing up at the end of this month, resuming as associate professor as of January 1.

Dr. Christopher Sharpe Receives Certificate of Appreciation Award from NLAA

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects (NLAA) presented Dr. Christopher Sharpe of the Geography Department with the Certificate of Appreciation Award on November 21, 2014. The award acknowledges an individual who has made a significant contribution to “promoting the ideals of architecture” and the profession in the province.

 

Dr. Christopher Sharpe Receives Certificate of Appreciation Award from NLAA

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects (NLAA) presented Dr. Christopher Sharpe of the Geography Department with the Certificate of Appreciation Award on November 21, 2014. The award acknowledges an individual who has made a significant contribution to “promoting the ideals of architecture” and the profession in the province.

 

Dr. Christopher Sharpe Receives Certificate of Appreciation Award from NLAA

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects (NLAA) presented Dr. Christopher Sharpe of the Geography Department with the Certificate of Appreciation Award on November 21, 2014. The award acknowledges an individual who has made a significant contribution to “promoting the ideals of architecture” and the profession in the province.

November

Dr. Donald Forbes Talks about the Martin Bergmann Medal

Dr. Donald Forbes, 2014 recipient of the Martin Bermann Medal, visited the Geography Department within days of the receiving this recognition of "excellence in Arctic leadership and science."

 

Dr. Donald Forbes Talks about the Martin Bergmann Medal

Dr. Donald Forbes, 2014 recipient of the Martin Bermann Medal, visited the Geography Department within days of the receiving this recognition of "excellence in Arctic leadership and science."

Geographer wins Arctic Science and Leadership Medal

Dr. Donald Forbes, Adjunct professor in Geography at Memorial University, is the recipient of the 2014 Martin Bergmann Medal. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) in 2012, the medal recognizes achievement for “excellence in Arctic leadership and science”. In announcing the award, the RCGS specifically highlighted Don’s lifetime work in Arctic geography and his mentorship and leadership in community adaptation to climate change in coastal Arctic communities. 

 

Geographer wins Arctic Science and Leadership Medal

Dr. Donald Forbes, Adjunct professor in Geography at Memorial University, is the recipient of the 2014 Martin Bergmann Medal. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) in 2012, the medal recognizes achievement for “excellence in Arctic leadership and science”. In announcing the award, the RCGS specifically highlighted Don’s lifetime work in Arctic geography and his mentorship and leadership in community adaptation to climate change in coastal Arctic communities. 

The CARRA Project Team is Busy Reporting on Progress

The Coastal Archaeological Resources Risk Assessment (CARRA) project team reports on project progress and summer fieldwork activities at MANL's annual meeting, the Geomatics Atlantic 2014 confrerence, and at the Rooms.

 

The CARRA Project Team is Busy Reporting on Progress

The Coastal Archaeological Resources Risk Assessment (CARRA) project team reports on project progress and summer fieldwork activities at MANL's annual meeting, the Geomatics Atlantic 2014 confrerence, and at the Rooms.

Maple Migration Moderated by Munching Mammals

Dr. Carissa Brown, Assistant Professor of Biogeography in the Department of Geography, and collaborators in Québec have found that non-climatic factors can slow down a species' response to climate change, which they recently published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and was featured on CBC's Quirks & Quarks and in the Canadian Geographic Compass blog.

 

Maple Migration Moderated by Munching Mammals

Dr. Carissa Brown, Assistant Professor of Biogeography in the Department of Geography, and collaborators in Québec have found that non-climatic factors can slow down a species' response to climate change, which they recently published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and was featured on CBC's Quirks & Quarks and in the Canadian Geographic Compass blog.

Dr. Keith Storey's Research on Fly-in/Fly-out Jobs Covered by CBC

Dr. Keith Storey, an Honorary Research Professor with the Department of Geography, recently shared a paper at the 4th Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec Mining Forum; his research was covered in a CBC article on the future of fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) work arrangements.

 

Dr. Keith Storey's Research on Fly-in/Fly-out Jobs Covered by CBC

Dr. Keith Storey, an Honorary Research Professor with the Department of Geography, recently shared a paper at the 4th Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec Mining Forum; his research was covered in a CBC article on the future of fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) work arrangements.

October

The 2WSFC was a Resounding Success

We are happy to report on the success of The Second World Small-scale Fisheries Congress (2WSFC) and to acknowledge the major role that Memorial University, and in particular the Geography Department, contributed to the event's realization.

 

The 2WSFC was a Resounding Success

We are happy to report on the success of The Second World Small-scale Fisheries Congress (2WSFC) and to acknowledge the major role that Memorial University, and in particular the Geography Department, contributed to the event's realization.

Award winners at the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers

Memorial University's Geography Department hosted a joint meeting of the Atlantic Canadian Association of Geographers and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (Atlantic Region).  Congratulations to our award winners!

 

Award winners at the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers

Memorial University's Geography Department hosted a joint meeting of the Atlantic Canadian Association of Geographers and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (Atlantic Region).  Congratulations to our award winners!

 

Caitlyn Baikie, a Geography Undergrad, was on the Icebreaker when the Franklin Wreckage was Discovered

She has received impressive opportunities and accolades very early in her career, from sitting in the House of Assembly, to participating in advocacy initiatives with the Aboriginal Resource Office. Recently she acted as a representative for Canadian students on the icebreaker that discovered the Franklin wreckage.

 

Caitlyn Baikie, a Geography Undergrad, was on the Icebreaker when the Franklin Wreckage was Discovered

She has received impressive opportunities and accolades very early in her career, from sitting in the House of Assembly, to participating in advocacy initiatives with the Aboriginal Resource Office. Recently she acted as a representative for Canadian students on the icebreaker that discovered the Franklin wreckage.

Communicating Hazards to Future Generations: Research report released

John Sandlos (History and Geography) and Arn Keeling (Geography) published a new report this week assessing the challenge of communicating toxic hazards to future generations at Giant Mine in the NWT.

 

Communicating Hazards to Future Generations: Research report released

John Sandlos (History and Geography) and Arn Keeling (Geography) published a new report this week assessing the challenge of communicating toxic hazards to future generations at Giant Mine in the NWT.

September

Geography students shine at Science Faculty Prize Giving

Robert Deering and Piers Evans were recognised for their excellent work at last week's Science Faculty Prize Giving.

 

Geography students shine at Science Faculty Prize Giving

Robert Deering and Piers Evans were recognised for their excellent work at last week's Science Faculty Prize Giving

Hola from Merida! – TBTI

The Second World Small-scale Fisheries Congress (2WSFC) is taking place this week in Merida, Mexico this week.

 

MUN Geography represented at Arctic-FROST meeting in Alaska

Geography PhD candidate Rudy Riedlsperger presented at the annual meeting of Arctic-FROST at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

 

Hola from Merida! - TBTI

The Second World Small-scale Fisheries Congress (2WSFC) is taking place this week in Merida, Mexico this week.

MUN Geography represented at Arctic-FROST meeting in Alaska

Geography PhD candidate Rudy Riedlsperger presented at the annual meeting of Arctic-FROST at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Geography at OCEANS ‘14

Two MUN Geography-led projects – CARRA and SmartICE – are making presentations at the OCEANS ’14 MTS/IEEE conference in St. John’s this week. 

 

Geography at OCEANS ‘14

Two MUN Geography-led projects – CARRA and SmartICE – are making presentations at the OCEANS ’14 MTS/IEEE conference in St. John’s this week. 

Information Session for Spring Harlow Programme

There will be an information session for everyone interested in finding out more about “Consuming Cultures: From Field to Plate,” a new food studies program to be taught in Harlow during Intersession 2015. 

 

Information Session for Spring Harlow Programme

There will be an information session for everyone interested in finding out more about “Consuming Cultures: From Field to Plate,” a new food studies program to be taught in Harlow during Intersession 2015. 

Two M.Sc. students in the Department of Geography to Lecture at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Emilie Novaczek and Katy MacPherson, of the Geography Department, will give lectures as a part of the "Graduate Student Lecture Series 2014" at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium next week.

 

Two M.Sc. students in the Department of Geography to Lecture at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Emilie Novaczek and Katy MacPherson, of the Geography Department, will give lectures as a part of the "Graduate Student Lecture Series 2014" at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium next week.

 

August

The Telegram covers Geography Alumnus’ Research

Robert Way's research on the effects of climate change is covered by The Telegram in an article titled, "Heating up Labrador."

 

The Telegram covers Geography Alumnus’ Research

Robert Way's research on the effects of climate change is covered by The Telegram in an article titled, "Heating up Labrador."

July Heat Waves

After a hot July, the Department of Geography's climatologist examines heat waves in Newfoundland.

July Heat Waves

After a hot July, the Department of Geography's climatologist examines heat waves in Newfoundland.

July

Carly Sponarski Successfully Defends PhD. Dissertation

The Department of Geography is delighted to announce that Carly Sponarski has successfully defended her PhD dissertation.

 

Carly Sponarski Successfully Defends PhD. Dissertation

The Department of Geography is delighted to announce that Carly Sponarski has successfully defended her PhD dissertation.

Visualizing Transboundary Shipments of E-waste

How are the international trade and traffic of electronic waste organized? New interactive maps available from the Reassembling Rubbish project help answer that question. The maps allow users to click on a country and find out which other countries report importing e-waste from it.

 

Visualizing Transboundary Shipments of E-waste

How are the international trade and traffic of electronic waste organized? New interactive maps available from the Reassembling Rubbish project help answer that question. The maps allow users to click on a country and find out which other countries report importing e-waste from it.

June

Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen visits Memorial University Geography Department

Major Jeremy Hansen, an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, was a guest speaker at the Department of Geography.

 

Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen visits Memorial University Geography Department

Major Jeremy Hansen, an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, was a guest speaker at the Department of Geography.

 

Inaugral Macpherson Awards are made to two Geography Graduate Students

The first Macpherson awards were made to two Geography Graduate students.  These are awards were made possible through a very generous endowment to the Department by Alan and Joyce Macpherson. 

 

Inaugral Macpherson Awards are made to two Geography Graduate Students

The first Macpherson awards were made to two Geography Graduate students.  These are awards were made possible through a very generous endowment to the Department by Alan and Joyce Macpherson. 

May

Canada Refuses to Support UN Guidelines for Small-scale Fisheries

The CBC recently reported on a stall in the development of United Nations' guidelines to support and protect small-scale fisheries.

 

Canada Refuses to Support UN Guidelines for Small-scale Fisheries

The CBC recently reported on a stall in the development of United Nations' guidelines to support and protect small-scale fisheries.

April

Can we learn to co-exist with coyotes?

Carly Sponarski, a PhD candidate in the Geography Department here at MUN, has been featured on the Faculty of Arts website. The feature discusses Carly's latest work testing the effectiveness of a coyote awareness program called Sharing Spaces: Living with Coyotes. This education program is part of a larger human-coyote conflict project which has been occurring in Cape Breton Highlands National Park over the past 4 years.

 

Can we learn to co-exist with coyotes?

Carly Sponarski, a PhD candidate in the Geography Department here at MUN, has been featured on the Faculty of Arts website. The feature discusses Carly's latest work testing the effectiveness of a coyote awareness program called Sharing Spaces: Living with Coyotes. This education program is part of a larger human-coyote conflict project which has been occurring in Cape Breton Highlands National Park over the past 4 years.

Chris Sharpe teaches final class after 39 year career in Geography

Dr Chris Sharpe, longtime faculty member in the Geography Department, teaches his last class before retiring.  Faculty, staff and students celebrated the event by 'invading' his final class.

 

Chris Sharpe teaches final class after 39 year career in Geography

Dr Chris Sharpe, longtime faculty member in the Geography Department, teaches his last class before retiring.  Faculty, staff and students celebrated the event by 'invading' his final class.

March

Vincent Lecours wins best research paper award

Vincent Lecours, a PhD graduate student in the Geography Department, won the best research paper at the annual Aldrich Conference at Memorial University. 

Vincent Lecours wins best research paper award

Vincent Lecours, a PhD graduate student in the Geography Department, won the best research paper at the annual Aldrich Conference at Memorial University. 

 

Study finds marine-protected areas tend to be leftovers from extractive uses

A paper co-authored by Memorial University’s Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and an international group of researchers argues that established global marine protected areas (MPAs) are too often a case of all show with no substance and do not adequately protect the most vulnerable areas of the world’s oceans.

Study finds marine-protected areas tend to be leftovers from extractive uses

A paper co-authored by Memorial University’s Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and an international group of researchers argues that established global marine protected areas (MPAs) are too often a case of all show with no substance and do not adequately protect the most vulnerable areas of the world’s oceans.

 

February

Vincent Lecours recipient of the 2014 ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship Award

Vincent Lecours, graduate student in the Geography department, has been awarded one of the ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship Awards.

 

Vincent Lecours recipient of the 2014 ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship Award

Vincent Lecours, graduate student in the Geography department, has been awarded one of the ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship Awards.

 

January

MUN Geography Major Studies in Antarctica Over Christmas Holidays

Third year Geography student Caitlyn Baikie spent her Christmas holidays in Antarctica studying the impacts and management of tourism in the region.

 

MUN Geography Major Studies in Antarctica Over Christmas Holidays

Third year Geography student Caitlyn Baikie spent her Christmas holidays in Antarctica studying the impacts and management of tourism in the region.

Carissa Brown to address Women in Science and Engineering

Carissa Brown is the featured presenter at next week's  Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE-NL)-Statoil Speaker Series.

 

Carissa Brown to address Women in Science and Engineering

Carissa Brown is the featured presenter at next week's  Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE-NL)-Statoil Speaker Series.

Blue Box Seminar Series: Evan Edinger

This week's Blue Box presentation is by Dr. Evan Edinger (MUN Geography and Biology). 

 

Too Big to Ignore team members travel to India for conference

Members of the Department of Geography travelled to India in December to participate in a four-day international conference on small-scale fisheries governance. 

 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Evan Edinger

This week's Blue Box presentation is by Dr. Evan Edinger (MUN Geography and Biology). 

Too Big to Ignore team members travel to India for conference

Members of the Department of Geography travelled to India in December to participate in a four-day international conference on small-scale fisheries governance. 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Ratana Chuenpagdee

This week's Blue Box speaker is Geography's own Ratana Chuenpagdee.

 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Ratana Chuenpagdee

This week's Blue Box speaker is Geography's own Ratana Chuenpagdee.


2013


December

Memorial graduate research featured on Nunavut Government website

Memorial geography master’s program graduate Tara Cater’s research on mining and development is having an immediate impact on communities and decision-makers in Nunavut.

 

Memorial graduate research featured on Nunavut Government website

Memorial geography master’s program graduate Tara Cater’s research on mining and development is having an immediate impact on communities and decision-makers in Nunavut.

 

Crowdsourcing geographic data

Associate professor Rodolphe Devillers and postdoctoral fellow Arnaud Vandecasteelehave been profiled on the university website for their work on crowdsourcing geographic data.

 

Crowdsourcing geographic data

Associate professor Rodolphe Devillers and postdoctoral fellow Arnaud Vandecasteele have been profiled on the university website for their work on crowdsourcing geographic data.

Too Big to Ignore draws focus to small-scale fisheries at the World Seafood Congress

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee’s Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) small-scale fisheries network had a strong presence at this year’s World Seafood Congress in St. John’s earlier this fall. Members of the network co-organized a panel discussion at the conference, hosted a 'slow fish' event downtown, and spoke on the CBC Fisheries Broadcast to bring attention to small-scale fisheries and their relevance to Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Too Big to Ignore draws focus to small-scale fisheries at the World Seafood Congress

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee’s Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) small-scale fisheries network had a strong presence at this year’s World Seafood Congress in St. John’s earlier this fall. Members of the network co-organized a panel discussion at the conference, hosted a 'slow fish' event downtown, and spoke on the CBC Fisheries Broadcast to bring attention to small-scale fisheries and their relevance to Newfoundland and Labrador.

This week's Blue Box Seminar

The final Blue Box Seminar of the semester takes place today.

 

This week's Blue Box Seminar

The final Blue Box Seminar of the semester takes place today.

Memorial University was well represented at the North American Regional Science Council

The Department of Geography was well represented at the 60th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) held in Atlanta, from November 13 to 16.

 

Memorial University was well represented at the North American Regional Science Council

The Department of Geography was well represented at the 60th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) held in Atlanta, from November 13 to 16.

November

Fly-in/Fly-out: Community tensions and planning approaches in Canada and Australia

Fly-in/Fly-out is now common practice among resource sector workers. However, transient workers may be a cost to host communities through their use of infrastructure and services and contribute little to community development.  Addressing these problems is the focus of this research.

 

Fly-in/Fly-out: Community tensions and planning approaches in Canada and Australia

Fly-in/Fly-out is now common practice among resource sector workers. However, transient workers may be a cost to host communities through their use of infrastructure and services and contribute little to community development.  Addressing these problems is the focus of this research.

 

Geography Awareness Continues

There are a few final events Friday and Saturday as Geography Awareness Week comes to a close, including chances to win tickets to Saturday's evening with David Suzuki...

Congratulations to Andrew Song

Congratulations to Andrew Song, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation "Governance in transition: Exploring people's mindset and institutional matches towards a governable coastal fisheries in South Korea" on November 4.

Geography Photo Competition

Enter MUGS photo competition for a chance to win tickets to Saturday's "Climate Change and Energy in Atlantic Canada" event, with David Suzuki.

Nunatsiavut speaker to discuss sustainable Inuit communities

Tom Sheldon, Director of Environment of the Nunatsiavut Department of Lands & Natural Resources, will be speaking in the department on Friday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Geography Awareness Week Starts Today

In honor of Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 17-23), the Dept. of Geography and the Memorial University Geographical Society (MUGS) will be hosting a variety of events, ranging from a geography quiz (Friday @3PM) to informal pop-up lectures around campus (M-Th, 12:30) and culminating in Saturday's "Climate Change and Energy in Atlantic Canada". 

Read the full article for a schedule of events...

 

Geography Awareness Week Starts Today

In honor of Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 17-23), the Dept. of Geography and the Memorial University Geographical Society (MUGS) will be hosting a variety of events, ranging from a geography quiz (Friday @3PM) to informal pop-up lectures around campus (M-Th, 12:30) and culminating in Saturday's "Climate Change and Energy in Atlantic Canada". 

Read the full article for a schedule of events...

Nunatsiavut speaker to discuss sustainable Inuit communities

Tom Sheldon, Director of Environment of the Nunatsiavut Department of Lands & Natural Resources, will be speaking in the department on Friday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Climate Change and Energy in Atlantic Canada with David Suzuki

The Department of Geography, along with the Newfoundland & Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN), is pleased to announce an evening with David Suzuki on November 23rd.   The event will close our annual Geography Awareness Week activities, and will include a screening of a documentary on climate change in Atlantic Canada followed by a panel discussion with local climate experts.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the NLEN.

 

Congratulations to Geography scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the Geography undergraduate students who are receiving scholarships for the 2013-14 school year.

 

Climate Change and Energy in Atlantic Canada with David Suzuki

The Department of Geography, along with the Newfoundland & Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN), is pleased to announce an evening with David Suzuki on November 23rd.   The event will close our annual Geography Awareness Week activities, and will include a screening of a documentary on climate change in Atlantic Canada followed by a panel discussion with local climate experts.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the NLEN.

Congratulations to Geography scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the Geography undergraduate students who are receiving scholarships for the 2013-14 school year.

Three of our own participate in the Harris Centre Coast of Bays Regional Workshop

On October 22, two Geography graduate students, Chris Baird and Sharmane Allen, and post-doctoral fellow Easkey Britton travelled to the south coast of the Newfoundland to participate in the Harris Centre’s Coast of Bays Regional Workshop.

 

Three of our own participate in the Harris Centre Coast of Bays Regional Workshop

On October 22, two Geography graduate students, Chris Baird and Sharmane Allen, and post-doctoral fellow Easkey Britton travelled to the south coast of the Newfoundland to participate in the Harris Centre’s Coast of Bays Regional Workshop.

Alvin Simms discusses regional development with PEI communities

Earlier this month, Alvin Simms met with community members and officials in North Eastern Prince Edward Island and with Provincial and ACOA groups in Charlottetown to discuss/presented his research on Functional Economic Regions and its potential real-world applications.

 

Alvin Simms discusses regional development with PEI communities

Earlier this month, Alvin Simms met with community members and officials in North Eastern Prince Edward Island and with Provincial and ACOA groups in Charlottetown to discuss/presented his research on Functional Economic Regions and its potential real-world applications.

October

Geography students receive awards at 2013 ACAG meeting

Memorial Geography was well represented at this year’s meeting of the Atlantic division of the Canadian Association of Geographers meeting in Moncton earlier this month. 

 

Geography students receive awards at 2013 ACAG meeting

Memorial Geography was well represented at this year’s meeting of the Atlantic division of the Canadian Association of Geographers meeting in Moncton earlier this month. 

Geography well represented in MUNdays Spirit Parade

The Memorial University Geographical Society recently participated in the MUNdays spirit parade to showcase the department’s spirit.

 

Geography well represented in MUNdays Spirit Parade

The Memorial University Geographical Society recently participated in the MUNdays spirit parade to showcase the department’s spirit.

Geography graduate student Beth Cowan recognized for excellence

Over the past couple of months Beth Cowan (BSc Dalhousie, 2012), a second-year MSc student in Geography at Memorial University, has been earning awards for her hard work and creativity.

 

Geography graduate student Beth Cowan recognized for excellence

Over the past couple of months Beth Cowan (BSc Dalhousie, 2012), a second-year MSc student in Geography at Memorial University, has been earning awards for her hard work and creativity.

Kyle White, Honours Geography Student awarded Economic Development Legacy Award

Kyle White is this year’s recipient of the Economic Developers Association of Canada Student Legacy Scholarship for outstanding contributions to Economic Development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Kyle White, Honours Geography Student awarded Economic Development Legacy Award

Kyle White is this year’s recipient of the Economic Developers Association of Canada Student Legacy Scholarship for outstanding contributions to Economic Development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Cedric Brunelle

This Friday's Blue Box Seminar will be given by Cedric Brunelle (Geography).

 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Cedric Brunelle

This Friday's Blue Box Seminar will be given by Cedric Brunelle (Geography).

September

Blue Box Seminar Series: Ryan Gibson

The first talk in our Blue Box Seminar Series will be given by Ryan Gibson, a PhD candidate in the department. 

 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Ryan Gibson

The first talk in our Blue Box Seminar Series will be given by Ryan Gibson, a PhD candidate in the department. 

Geography to host workshop on extractive industries

Next month, Arn Keeling (Geography) will be hosting the Extractive Industries and the Arctic workshop with his research partner John Sandlos (History). This three-day meeting has been organized by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society,  a joint initiative of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich and the Deutsches Museum in Germany.

 

Geography to host workshop on extractive industries

Next month, Arn Keeling (Geography) will be hosting the Extractive Industries and the Arctic workshop with his research partner John Sandlos (History). This three-day meeting has been organized by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society,  a joint initiative of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich and the Deutsches Museum in Germany.

Kristen Lowitt successfully defends her PhD thesis

Kristen Lowitt, a student in the Interdisciplinary Programme at Memorial University, successfully defended her PhD thesis on Friday the 13th of September.  Kristen was co-supervised by Barbara Neis (Sociology) and Charles Mather (Geography) and her thesis examined the intersections of community food security and fisheries restructuring in the Bonne Bay region on Newfoundland’s west coast.

 

Kristen Lowitt successfully defends her PhD thesis

Kristen Lowitt, a student in the Interdisciplinary Programme at Memorial University, successfully defended her PhD thesis on Friday the 13th of September.  Kristen was co-supervised by Barbara Neis (Sociology) and Charles Mather (Geography) and her thesis examined the intersections of community food security and fisheries restructuring in the Bonne Bay region on Newfoundland’s west coast.

 

Geography student completes internship in Tanzania

Geography student Matthew Van Oostdam is back from his summer intership in Tanzania. Read on to learn about his experiences.

 

Geography student completes internship in Tanzania

Geography student Matthew Van Oostdam is back from his summer intership in Tanzania. Read on to learn about his experiences.

Recycling from the margins

When Geography PhD student Michelle Porter (then Folklore MA student) first moved to St. John’s, she was fascinated by the men pushing rusty grocery carts who came to her door asking for  bottles and cans.

 

Recycling from the margins

When Geography PhD student Michelle Porter (then Folklore MA student) first moved to St. John’s, she was fascinated by the men pushing rusty grocery carts who came to her door asking for  bottles and cans.

August

Geography Department releases research report for 2012-13

The Geography Department's first research report was released last week. The report covers the period 2012-13 and was produced as part of the Provost's Scholarship in the Arts programme. 

 

Geography Department releases research report for 2012-13

The Geography Department's first research report was released last week. The report covers the period 2012-13 and was produced as part of the Provost's Scholarship in the Arts programme. 

Long-range climate projections to assist climate adaptation in the province

The Province of Newfoundland & Labrador has released a summary of climate projections for the province, prepared by the Department of Geography’s Dr. Joel Finnis. 

 

Geography Major to pursue planning degree at Queen's

Daniel Downey, a Geography Major, is off to Queen's University in September to pursue a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning!

 

Geography Major to pursue planning degree at Queen's

Daniel Downey, a Geography Major, is off to Queen's University in September to pursue a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning!

Long-range climate projections to assist climate adaptation in the province

The Province of Newfoundland & Labrador has released a summary of climate projections for the province, prepared by the Department of Geography’s Dr. Joel Finnis. 

May

Geography Speaker Series: Hugues Lantuit

The final speaker in the Geography Speaker Series is Dr. Hugues Lantuit (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research & University of Potsdam). He will be speaking about "Arctic coasts in a changing climate" on Friday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025. The abstract can be found at the end of this post.

Geography Speaker Series: Hugues Lantuit

The final speaker in the Geography Speaker Series is Dr. Hugues Lantuit (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research & University of Potsdam). He will be speaking about "Arctic coasts in a changing climate" on Friday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025. The abstract can be found at the end of this post.

 

Geography student is awarded summer internship to Tanzania

Geography major, Matthew van Oostadam, has been awarded an internship in Tanzania for the Summer of 2013. The internship is coordinated through the Marine Institute at Memorial University and their Global Graduate Placement Program (GGPP). 

 

Geography student is awarded summer internship to Tanzania

Geography major, Matthew van Oostadam, has been awarded an internship in Tanzania for the Summer of 2013. The internship is coordinated through the Marine Institute at Memorial University and their Global Graduate Placement Program (GGPP). 

 

Geography Grads shine at the annual Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference held in St John’s

Several geography graduate students presented papers at the annual Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference held in St John’s in April this year, and two were award winners!  

 

Geography Grads shine at the annual Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference held in St John’s

Several geography graduate students presented papers at the annual Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference held in St John’s in April this year, and two were award winners!  

April

Geography Graduate Student Symposium, 2013

The 2013 Geography Graduate Student Symposium took place on April 9. It was a day of excellent presentations that showcased the discipline’s diversity and the breadth of research undertaken by our graduate students.

 

Geography Graduate Student Symposium, 2013

The 2013 Geography Graduate Student Symposium took place on April 9. It was a day of excellent presentations that showcased the discipline’s diversity and the breadth of research undertaken by our graduate students.

Strengthening geographic education in Canada

From the News Digest of the Canadian Association of Geographers (No. 232, April 4, 2013): 

The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society have embarked on a joint initiative to strengthen geographic education in Canada. 

 

Strengthening geographic education in Canada

From the News Digest of the Canadian Association of Geographers (No. 232, April 4, 2013): 

The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society have embarked on a joint initiative to strengthen geographic education in Canada. 

Geog 3907 celebrates end of semester with a potluck

Students in Geography 3907: Globalizing Food Systems  finished the semester with a class potluck featuring foods from near and far.  From toutons and molasses to guacamole, the students each contributed a dish to share.

 

Geog 3907 celebrates end of semester with a potluck

Students in Geography 3907: Globalizing Food Systems  finished the semester with a class potluck featuring foods from near and far.  From toutons and molasses to guacamole, the students each contributed a dish to share.

Geography Speaker Series: Michael Woods

Dr. Michael Woods, Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Aberystwyth, joins us this week for the final presentation in the Geography Speaker Series this semester. He will be discussing "Grounding Global Challenges and the Relational Politics of the Rural" on Friday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025.

 

Geography Speaker Series: Michael Woods

Dr. Michael Woods, Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Aberystwyth, joins us this week for the final presentation in the Geography Speaker Series this semester. He will be discussing "Grounding Global Challenges and the Relational Politics of the Rural" on Friday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025.

March

In memoriam: Dr. William F. Summers

Dr Bill Summers, the first Head of Geography, passed away yesterday at the Veteran’s Memorial Caribou Pavilion in St. John’s. He is survived by his many children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.

 

In memoriam: Dr. William F. Summers

Dr Bill Summers, the first Head of Geography, passed away yesterday at the Veteran’s Memorial Caribou Pavilion in St. John’s. He is survived by his many children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.

Colin Laroque featured in Maclean's

Dr. Colin Laroque, an adjunct professor in Geography, was recently selected as one of this year's ten 3M National Teaching Fellows. He was profiled by Maclean's as a result of this prestigous award. 

 

Colin Laroque featured in Maclean's

Dr. Colin Laroque, an adjunct professor in Geography, was recently selected as one ofthis year's ten 3M National Teaching Fellows. He was profiled by Maclean's as a result of this prestigous award. 

Geography Speaker Series: Stewart Fotheringham

This week, Dr. Stewart Fotheringham (University of St. Andrews) joins us as part of the Geography Seminar Series. He will be presenting on "A New View of the Demographic Impacts of the Irish famine through Geographically Weighted Regression" on Friday, March 15 in SN 2025 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Geography Speaker Series: Stewart Fotheringham

This week, Dr. Stewart Fotheringham (University of St. Andrews) joins us as part of the Geography Seminar Series. He will be presenting on "A New View of the Demographic Impacts of the Irish famine through Geographically Weighted Regression" on Friday, March 15 in SN 2025 at 3:00 p.m.

MPs visit St. John's campus to discuss marine biodiversity

NDP MPs Ryan Cleary and Jack Harris came to Memorial last month to meet with researchers involved with the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network

 

MPs visit St. John's campus to discuss marine biodiversity

NDP MPs Ryan Cleary and Jack Harris came to Memorial last month to meet with researchers involved with the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network

Blue Box Seminar Series: Rachel Hirsch

This week's Blue Box Seminar will be presented by Dr. Rachel Hirsch, a postdoctoral fellow at the Labrador Institute. She will be discussing "Building connections for community resiliency: Working together to implement and evaluate a youth-hunter mentoring program in Nain, Nunatsiavut" on Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in SN 2025. 

 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Rachel Hirsch

This week's Blue Box Seminar will be presented by Dr. Rachel Hirsch, a postdoctoral fellow at the Labrador Institute. She will be discussing "Building connections for community resiliency: Working together to implement and evaluate a youth-hunter mentoring program in Nain, Nunatsiavut" on Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in SN 2025. 

Ratana Chuenpagdee provides keynote speech at Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute meeting

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee was a keynote speaker at the most recent annual meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI),  an organization that promotes information exchange on marine resources use and management through the organization of an annual meeting devoted to technical presentations and workshops on issues relevant to marine resources in the Gulf and Caribbean region.

 

Ratana Chuenpagdee provides keynote speech at Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute meeting

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee was a keynote speaker at the most recent annual meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI),  an organization that promotes information exchange on marine resources use and management through the organization of an annual meeting devoted to technical presentations and workshops on issues relevant to marine resources in the Gulf and Caribbean region.

February

CAG 2013 abstract submission deadline: March 15

The deadline for abstract submission for oral and poster presentations at the 2013 meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers is fast approaching.  All abstracts must be received by March 15, for consideration at the uncoming conference, which will be hosted by the Department of Geography this August.

 

CAG 2013 abstract submission deadline: March 15

The deadline for abstract submission for oral and poster presentations at the 2013 meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers is fast approaching.  All abstracts must be received by March 15, for consideration at the uncoming conference, which will be hosted by the Department of Geography this August.

Economic Geography position

The Department of Geography is currently seeking applications for a tenure-track position in Economic Geography. The deadline for application is March 29, 2013. 

 

Economic Geography position

The Department of Geography is currently seeking applications for a tenure-track position in Economic Geography. The deadline for application is March 29, 2013. 

Geography Speaker Series: Lawrence Hamilton

Dr. Lawrence Hamilton (University of New Hampshire) is joining us this week as part of the Geography Seminar Series. He will be discussing "Integration of Social and Natural-Science Data" on Friday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025. Click on the "read more" button to see his abstract.

 

Geography Speaker Series: Lawrence Hamilton

Dr. Lawrence Hamilton (University of New Hampshire) is joining us this week as part of the Geography Seminar Series. He will be discussing "Integration of Social and Natural-Science Data" on Friday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025. Click on the "read more" button to see his abstract.

Geography Speaker Series: Lea Berrang Ford
This Friday, Dr. Lea Berrang Ford (McGill University) will be joining us as part of the Geography Speaker Series. She will be presenting on "Spatial epidemiology in neglected tropical disease research: case-studies of Human African Trypanosomiasis" in SN 2025 at 3:00 p.m.
Geography Speaker Series: Lea Berrang Ford

This Friday, Dr. Lea Berrang Ford (McGill University) will be joining us as part of the Geography Speaker Series. She will be presenting on "Spatial epidemiology in neglected tropical disease research: case-studies of Human African Trypanosomiasis" in SN 2025 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Colin Laroque honoured with 2013 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Colin Laroque, Adjunct Professor in Geography, who was one of ten scholars selected as this year's prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellows by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada.

 

Colin Laroque honoured with 2013 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Colin Laroque, Adjunct Professor in Geography, who was one of ten scholars selected as this year's prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellows by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada.

Caribbean coral reef decline on CBC Radio

This past weekend, Dr. Evan Edinger was a guest on Quirks and Quarks, CBC Radio's award-winning radio science program hosted by Bob McDonald, to discuss the decline of Caribbean coral reefs.

 

Caribbean coral reef decline on CBC Radio

This past weekend, Dr. Evan Edinger was a guest on Quirks and Quarks, CBC Radio's award-winning radio science program hosted by Bob McDonald, to discuss the decline of Caribbean coral reefs.

Geographers get engaged

Drs. Trevor Bell and Kelly Vodden will be participating in Engage Memorial, a week of events launching Memorial's new Public Engagement Framework, February 12th - 15th, 2013. They will be giving workshops on Wednesday, February 13, as part of Lessons from the Field, a day-long series of workshops focussed on practices of public engagement.

 

Geographers get engaged
Drs. Trevor Bell and Kelly Vodden will be participating in Engage Memorial, a week of events launching Memorial's new Public Engagement Framework, February 12th - 15th, 2013. They will be giving workshops on Wednesday, February 13, as part of Lessons from the Field, a day-long series of workshops focussed on practices of public engagement.
Geography Speaker Series: Danika van Proosdij

The Geography Speaker Series continues on Friday with a presentation by Dr. Danika van Proosdij, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at St. Mary's University. She will be discussing "Vulnerability of dykelands in the Bay of Fundy to climate change" on Friday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025.

 

Geography Speaker Series: Danika van Proosdij
The Geography Speaker Series continues on Friday with a presentation by Dr. Danika van Proosdij, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at St. Mary's University. She will be discussing "Vulnerability of dykelands in the Bay of Fundy to climate change" on Friday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025.

January

Carly Sponarski to present at the Geological Survey Winter Seminar Series

Geography PhD student Carly Sponarski will help kick off the Geological Survey Winter Seminar Series on Thursday, January 31. She will be presenting a paper co-authored with Drs. Alistair Bath (MUN; Geography) and Jerry Vaske (Colorado State University) entitled "Using Potential Conflict Index to understand attitudes towards wildlife: A case study using human-coyote interactions". The talk will be held in the basement cafeteria of the Natural Resources Building, starting at 3:00 p.m.

 

Carly Sponarski to present at the Geological Survey Winter Seminar Series
Geography PhD student Carly Sponarski will help kick off the Geological Survey Winter Seminar Series on Thursday, January 31. She will be presenting a paper co-authored with Drs. Alistair Bath (MUN; Geography) and Jerry Vaske (Colorado State University) entitled "Using Potential Conflict Index to understand attitudes towards wildlife: A case study using human-coyote interactions". The talk will be held in the basement cafeteria of the Natural Resources Building, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Geography Speaker Series: Heather Castleden

The Geography Speaker Series resumes with a talk by Dr. Heather Castleden (Dalhousie University) on Friday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025. She will be discussing "Relationships Before Research: Friendship, Partnership, and Being Researched – Are Any/All Possible in Community-Based Participatory Research?"

 

Geography Speaker Series: Heather Castleden
The Geography Speaker Series resumes with a talk by Dr. Heather Castleden (Dalhousie University) on Friday, February 1 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025. She will be discussing "Relationships Before Research: Friendship, Partnership, and Being Researched – Are Any/All Possible in Community-Based Participatory Research?"
Congratulations to Alistair Bath

Dr. Alistair Bath has been nominated three times in his career for the prestigious President's Distinguished Teaching Award by his undergraduate students and this year he was successful.

 

Congratulations to Alistair Bath
Dr. Alistair Bath has been nominated three times in his career for the prestigious President's Distinguished Teaching Award by his undergraduate students and this year he was successful.
Blue Box Seminar Series: Kristen Lowitt

This Friday's Blue Box seminar speaker is Kristen Lowitt, a candidate in Memorial's Interdisciplinary PhD program and a per-course instructor with Geography this semester. She will be giving a paper entitled "Grown, harvested, and hunted: The role of self-provisioning in the food acquisition strategies of households on Newfoundland’s west coast" on Friday, January 19, at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025.

 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Kristen Lowitt
This Friday's Blue Box seminar speaker is Kristen Lowitt, a candidate in Memorial's Interdisciplinary PhD program and a per-course instructor with Geography this semester. She will be giving a paper entitled "Grown, harvested, and hunted: The role of self-provisioning in the food acquisition strategies of households on Newfoundland’s west coast" on Friday, January 19, at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025.
Summer employment opportunity for Geography students

The Geological Survey is currently looking for up to 23 (numbers may change) enthusiastic students for summer employment (six weeks to four months). The deadline for applications is January 31, 2013.

 

Summer employment opportunity for Geography students
The Geological Survey is currently looking for up to 23 (numbers may change) enthusiastic students for summer employment (six weeks to four months). The deadline for applications is January 31, 2013.
Blue Box Seminar Series: Joel Heath

Joel Heath (University of British Columbia) is the first Blue Box seminar speaker this semester. He will be discussing "Dynamics of winter sea ice and ecology in Hudson Bay: impacts of hydroelectric developments" on Tuesday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. in SN 2025.

 

Upcoming meeting of the NL section of the Geological Association of Canada

The annual Spring Technical Meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador Section of the Geological Association of Canada will be meeting at the Johnson GEO Centre next month.

 

Blue Box Seminar Series: Joel Heath
Joel Heath (University of British Columbia) is the first Blue Box seminar speaker this semester. He will be discussing "Dynamics of winter sea ice and ecology in Hudson Bay: impacts of hydroelectric developments" on Tuesday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. in SN 2025.
Upcoming meeting of the NL section of the Geological Association of Canada
The annual Spring Technical Meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador Section of the Geological Association of Canada will be meeting at the Johnson GEO Centre next month.
Congratulations to Vincent Lecours
Vincent Lecours passed his comprehensive examination with distinction on last month. Vincent is enrolled in the Geography PhD program under the supervision of Dr. Evan Edinger and Dr. Rodolphe Devillers.
Congratulations to Vincent Lecours

Vincent Lecours passed his comprehensive examination with distinction on last month. Vincent is enrolled in the Geography PhD program under the supervision of Dr. Evan Edinger and Dr. Rodolphe Devillers.

 


2012


December

Geography welcomes Arnaud Vandecasteele, our newest postdoctoral fellow

The Geography Department is pleased to welcome Arnaud Vandecasteele to the fold. Arnaud is starting a two-year postdoctoral fellowship and will be working with Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and the Marine Geomatics Research Lab.

 

Geography welcomes Arnaud Vandecasteele, our newest postdoctoral fellow
The Geography Department is pleased to welcome Arnaud Vandecasteele to the fold. Arnaud is starting a two-year postdoctoral fellowship and will be working with Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and the Marine Geomatics Research Lab.
CAG 2013 hosted by Department of Geography

The Department of Geography will be hosting the upcoming annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) on the St. John’s campus August 11-15, 2013.

 

CAG 2013 hosted by Department of Geography
The Department of Geography will be hosting the upcoming annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) on the St. John’s campus August 11-15, 2013.
This week's Blue Box seminar

This week's Blue Box seminar is by Rodolphe Devillers, a professor in the Geography department. His talk is entitled "Marine Protected Areas – Are we protecting the easy over the important?". Please join us on Friday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025.

 

This week's Blue Box seminar
This week's Blue Box seminar is by Rodolphe Devillers, a professor in the Geography department. His talk is entitled "Marine Protected Areas – Are we protecting the easy over the important?". Please join us on Friday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025.

November

Geography Speaker Series: Sharron A. FitzGerald

Dr. Sharron A. FitzGerald from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München joins us this week as part of the Geography Speaker Series. She will be discussing "Securitisation through vulnerability: Human trafficking, sexuality and extraterritoriality’" on Friday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m. in SN-2025.

 

Geography Speaker Series: Sharron A. FitzGerald
Dr. Sharron A. FitzGerald from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München joins us this week as part of the Geography Speaker Series. She will be discussing "Securitisation through vulnerability: Human trafficking, sexuality and extraterritoriality’" on Friday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m. in SN-2025.
Geography lecturer elected CRRF President

Ryan Gibson, lecturer in the department, was elected President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation in Olds, Alberta.

 

Geography lecturer elected CRRF President
Ryan Gibson, lecturer in the department, was elected President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation in Olds, Alberta.
Blue Box Seminar Series: David Liverman
This week's Blue Box speaker is Dr. David Liverman, a senior geologist with the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador, and an adjunct professor in the Geography Department. He will be speaking on "The Labrador Trough - iron ore, mines and development pressures" on Friday, November 23 at 3 pm in SN-2025.
Blue Box Seminar Series: David Liverman

This week's Blue Box speaker is Dr. David Liverman, a senior geologist with the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador, and an adjunct professor in the Geography Department. He will be speaking on "The Labrador Trough - iron ore, mines and development pressures" on Friday, November 23 at 3 pm in SN-2025.

 

Students in GEOG 3350 work with Central West region on land use planning initiatives

Students in GEOG 3350 are applying their knowledge about community and regional planning and development in a new initiative undertaken with the Rural Secretariat, a provincial government entity focused on advancing the sustainability of rural communities and regions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Students in GEOG 3350 work with Central West region on land use planning initiatives
Students in GEOG 3350 are applying their knowledge about community and regional planning and development in a new initiative undertaken with the Rural Secretariat, a provincial government entity focused on advancing the sustainability of rural communities and regions in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Charting the Canadian North: Seabed mapping along the coast of Baffin Island, NU

Geography Master’s student Beth Cowan began her fieldwork last month along the eastern coast of Baffin Island, NU aboard research vessel, MV Nuliajuk. The fieldwork involved seabed mapping within coastal fjords and inlets, in search of submerged postglacial sea-level indicators.

 

Charting the Canadian North: Seabed mapping along the coast of Baffin Island, NU
Geography Master’s student Beth Cowan began her fieldwork last month along the eastern coast of Baffin Island, NU aboard research vessel, MV Nuliajuk. The fieldwork involved seabed mapping within coastal fjords and inlets, in search of submerged postglacial sea-level indicators.
Grabbing ‘Green’: Questioning the Green Economy

Students and faculty are encouraged to submit abstracts to Grabbing ‘Green’: Questioning the Green Economy, a conference that will be held at the University of Toronto May 17-19, 2013. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Wednesday, November 21.

 

Geographers talk conservation, sustainability, and policy with the Canadian Health Oceans Network

Geography professor Evan Edinger and PhD student Melinda Agapito recently attended the fourth annual meeting of the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe) in Ottawa. The focus of this year's meeting was on translating ocean science into ocean policy, both in terms of providing science advice to government on issues related to ocean health and marine conservation, and in terms of public outreach.

 

Geographers talk conservation, sustainability, and policy with the Canadian Health Oceans Network
Geography professor Evan Edinger and PhD student Melinda Agapito recently attended the fourth annual meeting of the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe) in Ottawa. The focus of this year's meeting was on translating ocean science into ocean policy, both in terms of providing science advice to government on issues related to ocean health and marine conservation, and in terms of public outreach.
Grabbing ‘Green’: Questioning the Green Economy
Students and faculty are encouraged to submit abstracts to Grabbing ‘Green’: Questioning the Green Economy, a conference that will be held at the University of Toronto May 17-19, 2013. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Wednesday, November 21.
Harlow information session

Interested in studying at Harlow? The 14th edition of the English Cultural Landscape Program in Harlow, England, will be offered next summer. An information session is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 12 p.m. in SN-2018.

 

Harlow information session
Interested in studying at Harlow? The 14th edition of the English Cultural Landscape Program in Harlow, England, will be offered next summer. An information session is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 12 p.m. in SN-2018.

October

Memorial Geography well represented at Atlantic Conference

Memorial students were among the record-high 114 participants at the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers. With topics ranging from cultural and physical geography, presentations were a learning experience for both audience and presenters.

 

Memorial Geography well represented at Atlantic Conference
Memorial students were among the record-high 114 participants at the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers. With topics ranging from cultural and physical geography, presentations were a learning experience for both audience and presenters.
Upcoming Blue Box seminar

This week's Blue Box seminar is by Andrew Song, a PhD candidate in the department. Follow the link for details.

 

Upcoming Blue Box seminar
This week's Blue Box seminar is by Andrew Song, a PhD candidate in the department. Follow the link for details.
Geography students excel at Arts Faculty Awards ceremony

A number of Geography Students were recognized for their academic achievements at the Arts Faculty Awards ceremony held on the 24th of October 2012.

 

Geography students excel at Arts Faculty Awards ceremony
A number of Geography Students were recognized for their academic achievements at the Arts Faculty Awards ceremony held on the 24th of October 2012.
Biogeographer Position Open
The Department of Geography invites applications for a new tenure-track faculty member, with expertise in biogeography.
Biogeographer Position Open

The Department of Geography invites applications for a new tenure-track faculty member, with expertise in biogeography.

 

Steve Sutton presents on marine protected areas in Australia

Steve Sutton from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, at James Cook University in Australia is presenting a seminar this Friday on marine protected areas and the response of commercial and recreational fishers in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

 

Steve Sutton presents on marine protected areas in Australia
Steve Sutton from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, at James Cook University in Australia is presenting a seminar this Friday on marine protected areas and the response of commercial and recreational fishers in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
An ill wind good news for Memorial geographers

While the debris from Leslie remains piled in parks and yards in through St. John's, Dr. Trevor Bell and Maggie Danek of the Department of Geography have used tree falls to further lead research. Follow the link for more.

 

An ill wind good news for Memorial geographers
While the debris from Leslie remains piled in parks and yards in through St. John's, Dr. Trevor Bell and Maggie Danek of the Department of Geography have used tree falls to further lead research. Follow the link for more.
The English Cultural Landscape Programme, 2013

Study in the UK with Chris Sharpe and Jerry Pocius! The ECL programme will be offered for the 13th time by the Departments of Geography and Folklore in the Spring Semester of 2013.

 

The English Cultural Landscape Programme, 2013
Study in the UK with Chris Sharpe and Jerry Pocius! The ECL programme will be offered for the 13th time by the Departments of Geography and Folklore in the Spring Semester of 2013.

September

Geography student is awarded the prestigious Aldrich Fellowship

Janelle Skeard has been awarded the prestigious F.A. Aldrich Fellowship by the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University.

 

Geography student is awarded the prestigious Aldrich Fellowship
Janelle Skeard has been awarded the prestigious F.A. Aldrich Fellowship by the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University.
TA Position Available

The Department of Geography is seeking a teaching assistant (TA) for the Fall's GEOG 2102 (Physical Geography) session. Click on the title for more information.

 

TA Position Available
The Department of Geography is seeking a teaching assistant (TA) for the Fall's GEOG 2102 (Physical Geography) session. Click on the title for more information.

July

20th Anniversary of the Cod Moratorium

The CBC St. John's Morning Show recently spoke with Dept. fo Geography professor Dean Bavington, author of "Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse," about how the credibility of fisheries science was also gutted in the wake of the shutdown.

 

20th Anniversary of the Cod Moratorium
The CBC St. John's Morning Show recently spoke with Dept. fo Geography professor Dean Bavington, author of "Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse," about how the credibility of fisheries science was also gutted in the wake of the shutdown.

June

Job Opportunities, Fall 2012

The department is currently seeking instructors for two courses in the Fall semester: GEOG 2915 (Intro to GIS), and GEOG 2425 (Natural Resources).

 

Course Offerings

A list of geography course offerings for Fall 2012 is now available on the department website.

 

Course Offerings
A list of geography course offerings for Fall 2012 is now available on the department website.
Job Opportunities, Fall 2012
The department is currently seeking instructors for two courses in the Fall semester: GEOG 2915 (Intro to GIS), and GEOG 2425 (Natural Resources).
New PhD position in Arctic Marine Habitat Mapping

We are recruiting for a 4-year PhD student position in Arctic marine habitat mapping, to focus on sensitivity, disturbance, and recovery of Arctic fiord biota. The primary study region is southern and eastern Baffin Island, from Iqaluit to Clyde River. The project will combine analysis of multibeam sonar bathymetry and backscatter with in situ sampling of bottom type and biota, and retrospective analysis of long-term datasets. Students with previous experience in Arctic marine biology and/or marine geomatics or remote sensing are preferred. Student could begin as early as Sept. 2012.

 

New PhD position in Arctic Marine Habitat Mapping
We are recruiting for a 4-year PhD student position in Arctic marine habitat mapping, to focus on sensitivity, disturbance, and recovery of Arctic fiord biota. The primary study region is southern and eastern Baffin Island, from Iqaluit to Clyde River. The project will combine analysis of multibeam sonar bathymetry and backscatter with in situ sampling of bottom type and biota, and retrospective analysis of long-term datasets. Students with previous experience in Arctic marine biology and/or marine geomatics or remote sensing are preferred. Student could begin as early as Sept. 2012.

May

Opportunities for Graduate Study

Charles Mather and Barbara Neis are recruiting two Masters students to contribute to their SSHRC funded project on northern shrimp in Atlantic Canada.

 

Opportunities for Graduate Study
Charles Mather and Barbara Neis are recruiting two Masters students to contribute to their SSHRC funded project on northern shrimp in Atlantic Canada.
Geographers at the International Deep Sea Corals Symposium

Geographer Evan Edinger, along with several of his students, recently gave Memorial a strong presence at an international conference on deep sea corals.

 

Geography Student's Climate Adaptation Research Highlighted

Geography M.A. student Rudy Riedlsperger's research on climate adaptation efforts in Labrador was recently presented at the International Polar Year Conference in Montreal.

 

Geography Student's Climate Adaptation Research Highlighted
Geography M.A. student Rudy Riedlsperger's research on climate adaptation efforts in Labrador was recently presented at the International Polar Year Conference in Montreal.
Geographers at the International Deep Sea Corals Symposium
Geographer Evan Edinger, along with several of his students, recently gave Memorial a strong presence at an international conference on deep sea corals.

April

Beatrice Frank successfully defends her PhD dissertation >
On March 22, 2012, one of our geography PhD students, Beatrice Frank, supervised by Dr. Alistair Bath, successfully defended her PhD dissertation: The conflict-coexistence continuum: a human dimension case study on wild boar management in Italy.
Beatrice Frank successfully defends her PhD dissertation

On March 22, 2012, one of our geography PhD students, Beatrice Frank, supervised by Dr. Alistair Bath, successfully defended her PhD dissertation: The conflict-coexistence continuum: a human dimension case study on wild boar management in Italy.

 

March

Residential soil analysis in St. John’s reveals elevated levels for 10 metals
Geography-led research team explores soil geochemical hazards of residential St. John's
Residential soil analysis in St. John’s reveals elevated levels for 10 metals

Geography-led research team explores soil geochemical hazards of residential St. John's.

 

A collaborative approach to food security in Labrador

A piece in the latest MUN Gazette highlights Dr. Rachel Hirch's research on Labrador food security. Dr. Hirsch is a postdoctoral researcher with the Geography Department, working through the Labrador Institude.

 

A collaborative approach to food security in Labrador
A piece in the latest MUN Gazette highlights Dr. Rachel Hirch's research on Labrador food security. Dr. Hirsch is a postdoctoral researcher with the Geography Department, working through the Labrador Institude.

February

Avalon Field School: Meeting March 6th

Dr. Norm Catto will be leading a one week field school this August. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the Avalon Peninsula, while gaining experience with field research methods. An info meeting will take place Tuesday, March 6 at noon (SN2000). Visit the News page for more information.

 

New research coordinator in Geography

Christine Legere joins Memorial’s Geography Department as research coordinator for ArcticNet’s Nunatsiavut Nuluak project.

 

New research coordinator in Geography
Christine Legere joins Memorial’s Geography Department as research coordinator for ArcticNet’s Nunatsiavut Nuluak project
Avalon Field School: Meeting March 6th
Dr. Norm Catto will be leading a one week field school this August. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the Avalon Peninsula, while gaining experience with field research methods. An info meeting will take place Tuesday, March 6 at noon (SN2000). Visit the News page for more information.
Honourable Mention for 'Occupied St. John’s'

Occupied St. John’s: A Social History of a City at War has been given Honourable Mention by the committees selecting the winner of the 2010 C.P. Stacey Award for the Best Book in Canadian Military History.

 

Unique City Neighbourhood Map Finds New Home
With the closure of Macpherson Elementary School in St. John’s, a student-generated neighbourhood map finds permanent home in Memorial University’s Map Room.
Honourable Mention for 'Occupied St. John’s'
Occupied St. John’s: A Social History of a City at War has been given Honourable Mention by the committees selecting the winner of the 2010 C.P. Stacey Award for the Best Book in Canadian Military History.
Summer Jobs for Geography Students
Explore summer employment opportunities at the Geological Survey
Summer Jobs for Geography Students

Explore summer employment opportunities at the Geological Survey.

January

Graduate Opportunities

Considering a graduate degree in geography? The department considers graduate applications year-round, and there's still time to apply for the upcoming academic year.

 

Graduate Opportunities
Considering a graduate degree in geography? The department considers graduate applications year-round, and there's still time to apply for the upcoming academic year.
New post-doctoral fellow hosted by Geography

Dr. Rachel Hirsch is Nain-bound this week to start her Labrador Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. As her host department in the Faculty of Arts, Geography enjoyed having Rachel in and around the department last week.

 

New post-doctoral fellow hosted by Geography
Dr. Rachel Hirsch is Nain-bound this week to start her Labrador Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. As her host department in the Faculty of Arts, Geography enjoyed having Rachel in and around the department last week.
New Faculty Member

Geography is pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Dean Bavington, to the department. An expert in environmental history and management (among other things), Dr. Bavington joins us from Nipissing University, where he held a Canada Research Chair in Environmental History. We invite our students and colleagues to welcome Dean to Memorial next time you see him.

 

New Faculty Member
Geography is pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Dean Bavington, to the department. An expert in environmental history and management (among other things), Dr. Bavington joins us from Nipissing University, where he held a Canada Research Chair in Environmental History. We invite our students and colleagues to welcome Dean to Memorial next time you see him.
Sheridan Thompson wins prize at Atlantic Geographer's Conference

Congratulations to Sheridan Thompson, MSc. candidate in Geography, for winning 1st prize for Graduate Presentation at the recent Atlantic Canadian Association of Geographers meeting, held at Mount Allison University.

Sheridan Thompson wins prize at Atlantic Geographer's Conference
Congratulations to Sheridan Thompson, MSc. candidate in Geography, for winning 1st prize for Graduate Presentation at the recent Atlantic Canadian Association of Geographers meeting, held at Mount Allison University.

Contact

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