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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.

Latest News

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
discussions of the week's weather outlook. Participants will have an
opportunity to improve their understanding and appreciation of local
weather, and will be introduced to simple forecasting tools and techniques. Everyone interested in meteorology is welcome to bring their lunch and join in. Click here for more information.


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.

St. John's Lead Levels Lower Than Expected

A study led by Geography's Trevor Bell and Eastern Health'sDavid Allison has revealed that blood lead levels in St. John's children meet national guidelines. "We should be reassured that we're doing the right thing in controlling lead and controlling exposure that children have, but we still need to be concerned", says Dr. Allison.

Geography Student Receives Northern Research Award

The Geography Dept. wishes to congratulate MSc. student Robert Way, recipient of the 2011-12 W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research. This national award is administered by the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS), an agency dedicated advancing educational opportunities for northern residents and research on northern issues.