Geography: putting place-names on a map? Finding your way using a map or a global positioning system? Yes, but geography today is much more than this.
Geography is a unique discipline in that it integrates the physical and social sciences. We focus on the changing interactions between people and their environments at local, national and global scales. Geography is also a spatial discipline, so we are interested in the distribution of, and relationship between, the physical and cultural entities in our world: climate, landforms, soils, populations, agriculture and cities. Key questions that interest us include: Are we using resources sustainably? What are the impacts of environmental change (e.g. climate) on societies in different places? How should we interpret and understand the spatial distribution of economic, political and social activity?
Geographers are more than map-makers (though they are that, too) – they are planners, researchers, educators and decision makers whose interests focus on some of society’s most pressing questions.
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.
Visiting Geographer Connects With Regional Developers
A recent seminar on regional development held by Dr. Sean Markey and PhD candidate Michelle Porter was well-attended by community leaders, government, and members of industry and academia. Thanks to assistance from the Harris Centre, parties were able to take part via webcast or in person, allowing participation from across the province. An expert in rural development and community sustainability, Dr. Markey is visiting from Simon Fraser University, exchanging lessons learned from BC's rural development with those derived from our research in Newfoundland & Labrador. In the coming days, Dr. Markey will continue to meet with local experts, students, and community leaders.
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Weather Discussions, Thursdays, 12-1PM
Through the semester, climatologist Joel Finnis will lead regular
Winter 2012 Course Offerings
Course offerings for Winter 2012 are posted here. Note two new upper level courses are being offered for the first time: 3905: Geography of the Arctic and 4915: Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of Place and Time.