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The Ohio University Department of Geography has 150 undergraduate majors and a graduate program that has expanded to 25. Faculty in the department offer coursework and conduct research on topics that bring together the Earth's human and physical components and focus on issues from local to global scales. Our mission is to create, disseminate, and apply the highest forms of geographical knowledge and scholarship.

We're excited for President Nellis's keynote address this Friday at 3:30pm, Walter 235! #OUGeographyturns50 @ohiounivers...
11/12/2019

We're excited for President Nellis's keynote address this Friday at 3:30pm, Walter 235! #OUGeographyturns50 @ohiouniversitycollegeofartsandsciences Ohio University

Program for our Friday and Saturday celebrations of #OUGeographyturns50.  Career panels and Pres Nellis keynote on Frida...
11/12/2019

Program for our Friday and Saturday celebrations of #OUGeographyturns50. Career panels and Pres Nellis keynote on Friday! Symposium Saturday AM. See you there!

Just one week from now, we celebrate #OUGeographyturns50!! Consider joining us for the festivities - drop a line to Dr. ...
11/10/2019

Just one week from now, we celebrate #OUGeographyturns50!! Consider joining us for the festivities - drop a line to Dr. Sack to let her know you're coming! Stay tuned for the full program for Friday and Saturday.

Blood Drive sponsored by OU CAMS!Clippinger Hall Lobby, 10am - 4pmNext Tuesday (November 5th) @oucams
10/29/2019

Blood Drive sponsored by OU CAMS!
Clippinger Hall Lobby, 10am - 4pm
Next Tuesday (November 5th)
@oucams

In celebration of #OUGeographyturns50, we invite Geography alumni to share pictures of their OU days or their current pi...
10/18/2019

In celebration of #OUGeographyturns50, we invite Geography alumni to share pictures of their OU days or their current pics of #geographersatwork. Please indicate grad year, provide a caption, and use the hashtags!

OHIO Geography is turning 50!  Join us in celebrating 5 decades of Geography teaching, scholarship, and community, Novem...
10/18/2019
Alumni, Friends Invited to Celebrate Geography's 50th Anniversary, Nov. 15-16 - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

OHIO Geography is turning 50! Join us in celebrating 5 decades of Geography teaching, scholarship, and community, November 15-16! https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/05/save-the-date-geography-departments-50th-anniversary-nov-15-16/ #OUGeographyturns50

The Geography Department at Ohio University invites alumni and friends to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, 2019, on the Athens campus. “We hope you will be able to join us for one or both days! Details and descriptions of specific events are described …

Think all policy action on climate change has been toast since 2017?  Think again.  The Geography Colloquium Series pres...
10/14/2019
Geography Colloquium | Networked Federalism: How Subnational Governments are Creating Climate Change Policy, Oct. 18 - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Think all policy action on climate change has been toast since 2017? Think again.

The Geography Colloquium Series presents Dr. Derek Kauneckis on “Networked Federalism: How Subnational Governments are Creating Climate Change Policy” on Friday, Oct. 18, at 3:05 p.m. in Clippinger 119.

https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/10/geography-colloquium-networked-federalism-how-subnational-governments-are-creating-climate-change-policy-oct-18/

The Geography Colloquium Series presents Dr. Derek Kauneckis on “Networked Federalism: How Subnational Governments are Creating Climate Change Policy” on Friday, Oct. 18, at 3:05 p.m. in Clippinger 119. Kauneckis is an associate professor at Ohio University’s Voinovich School, where he teaches...

https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/08/chairs-message-geography-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_med...
09/17/2019
Chair's Message | Geography to Celebrate 50th Anniversary - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/08/chairs-message-geography-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=geography-9-2019

The Ohio University Geography Department has much to celebrate. Not only was the department nominated for the American Association of Geographers 2019 program excellence award, we were selected as one of three finalists for that honor. Although our department did not receive the award, we are very p...

Check it out - this Friday's colloquium on food systems and action research in Appalachia, from WVU Geographer Josh Lohn...
09/16/2019
Geography Colloquium | Reflections on Public Geography and Action Research in Appalachian Food System, Sept. 20 - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Check it out - this Friday's colloquium on food systems and action research in Appalachia, from WVU Geographer Josh Lohnes: "Reflections on Public Geography and Action Research in the Appalachian Food System" https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/09/geography-colloquium-reflections-on-public-geography-and-action-research-in-appalachian-food-system-sept-20/?utm_source=A%26S%20FORUM%20%7C%20Mourning%20Dr.%20Jack%20Bender%20FS&utm_campaign=Jack%20Bender%20FS&utm_medium=email

The Geography Department Colloquium Series presents Dr. Josh Lohnes on “Reflections on Public Geography and Action Research in the Appalachian Food System” on Friday, Sept. 20, at 3:05 p.m. in Clippinger 119. Lohnes research explores the moral, political and economic place of charities in the fo...

Whitson gets Faculty Research and Creativity Award for new research in Colombiahttps://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/08/whitso...
08/29/2019
Whitson Gets Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Whitson gets Faculty Research and Creativity Award for new research in Colombia
https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/08/whitson-gets-faculty-research-and-creative-activity-award/

Dr. Risa Whitson, Associate Professor of Geography, received the Center for International Studies Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award to fund her project titled “Embodied memories of displacement: Using participatory art and mapping for understanding and reconciliation in Colombia.” Thi...

08/29/2019

Current Geography students: For more info on the Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) or the Swahili Startalk program, see Dr. Smucker.

It's been a busy summer for recent Globalization and Development grad Alex Koran. She just returned from Tanzania and is...
08/29/2019
Happy Beginnings | Koran Studies Swahili in Tanzania, Heads to Peace Corps in Rwanda - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

It's been a busy summer for recent Globalization and Development grad Alex Koran. She just returned from Tanzania and is preparing for a 2-year assignment with Peace Corps Rwanda.
https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/04/happy-beginnings-koran-studies-swahili-in-tanzania-heads-to-peace-corps-in-rwanda/?utm_source=A%26S%20FORUM%20%7C%20Skin%20Cancer%20Study%20FS&utm_campaign=Skin%20Cancer%20Study%20FS&utm_medium=email

Editor’s Note: The Happy Beginnings series features recent College of Arts & Sciences graduates who are getting started in careers, graduate school and service. Ohio University alum Alexandra Koran ’19 won a U.S. Critical Language Scholarship, a highly prestigious and nationally competitive scho...

Faculty news: Fogt's new research on Antarctic Sea Icehttps://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/08/fogt-using-nsf-grant-to-explore...
08/28/2019
Fogt Using NSF Grant to Explore Contemporary Variability in Antarctic Sea Ice - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Faculty news: Fogt's new research on Antarctic Sea Ice
https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/08/fogt-using-nsf-grant-to-explore-contemporary-variability-in-antarctic-sea-ice/

Dr. Ryan Fogt, Associate Professor of Geography and Scalia Lab Director, was awarded his third National Science Foundation grant from the NSF Office of Polar Programs. His grant is titled Collaborative research: Understanding contemporary variability in Antarctic sea ice: Ensemble reconstruction of....

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors and graduate students! We look forward to hearing about all the wonderf...
05/05/2019

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors and graduate students! We look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things you do in the future.

Enjoy a few photos from Geofest, our end of the year celebration. We're so proud of your accomplishments, Geography Bobcats. We'll miss you!

It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of our Spring 2018 MS graduates passed away earlier this month....
03/27/2019
Obituary for Jonathon D.R. Hogue | Foos and Foos Funeral Service

It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of our Spring 2018 MS graduates passed away earlier this month. Jonathon Hogue was a wonderful person, researcher, and TA for GIS and Cartography. At the time of his passing, he was in his first year of a doctoral program at the University of Iowa. If you would like to reach out to his family or donate to 'Back to the Wild' in his memory, the information is below.

Obituary for Jonathon D.R. Hogue | Sgt. Jonathon D.R. Hogue, 33, of Clyde passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at The Canyonlands National Park in Moab, UT.  He was born September 30, 1985 in Fremont, Ohio the son of John Natole and Laura (Gerhardstein) Tebeau. Jonathon was a 2004 graduate of Margare...

Our next colloquium speaker is THIS FRIDAY, March 29th at 3:05pm in Clippinger 119. Dr. Devika Chawla from OHIO's School...
03/26/2019

Our next colloquium speaker is THIS FRIDAY, March 29th at 3:05pm in Clippinger 119. Dr. Devika Chawla from OHIO's School of Communication Studies will give a talk on "Homes, Objects, Migrations: Oral Histories of India's Partition." Everyone is welcome! See the flyer for more details.

It's peacemaking week in Athens! Come help make our town a better place to be. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.
03/25/2019

It's peacemaking week in Athens! Come help make our town a better place to be. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Don’t forget! If you can’t make the 10th annual OHIO Meteorological Symposium today, you can always live stream it a...
03/23/2019
Scalia Laboratory For Atmospheric Analysis

Don’t forget! If you can’t make the 10th annual OHIO Meteorological Symposium today, you can always live stream it at https://www.twitch.tv/oucams.

The 10th annual Meteorological Symposium hosted by OhioU AMS is just a few days away now! This event is helped run by the meteorology club here at Ohio University, which includes the members of the Scalia Lab staff. This event will host 9 speakers who will talk about their careers and offer insight on their field. If you cannot physically attend this event, OUCAMS has you covered! The event will be live streamed from https://www.twitch.tv/oucams If you're interested, please RSVP on the link below or visit Scalia's website and find the symposium link under the "About" tab.

https://goo.gl/forms/LBIPHhioT8TnjwhT2

Check out Geography's Ryan Fogt in The Athens Post talking about climate research in Antarctica!Also, he'd like you to k...
03/08/2019
On thin ice

Check out Geography's Ryan Fogt in The Athens Post talking about climate research in Antarctica!

Also, he'd like you to know that they don't get it QUITE right in the article: Sea ice melting does not lead to an increase in sea level, since the ice is floating on the water and has already displaced that volume. However, melting of the grounded West Antarctic Ice Sheet could dramatically increase sea levels up to 1 meter by 2100 if this process continues at its present rate; this concerns most Antarctic scientists as it is melting from below and may be irreversible.

Climate change in Antarctica is measurable, but records of observation are limited.

Our second colloquium of the semester is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20th from 3 to 4 in the Walter Hall Rotunda! In p...
02/19/2019

Our second colloquium of the semester is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20th from 3 to 4 in the Walter Hall Rotunda! In partnership with several other OHIO organizations, we'll have Brian Alexander, author of Glass House, who will give a lecture on Anchor Hocking and Lancaster, Ohio.

Our first geography colloquium of 2019 is TOMORROW, February 8th, from 3:05 to 4pm in Clippinger 119. Come hear Drs. And...
02/07/2019

Our first geography colloquium of 2019 is TOMORROW, February 8th, from 3:05 to 4pm in Clippinger 119. Come hear Drs. Anderson and He give their joint talk "Commemorating Tragedy: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Two Memorial Landscapes in China and the United States."

01/19/2019

Were you wanting a video with a slide show of the 2018 capstone research posters? Of course you were. Here is a sampling of the research that our seniors completed last fall.

Welcome back geography bobcats! Let's kick off the new semester with a throwback to the end of last semester when our SO...
01/19/2019

Welcome back geography bobcats! Let's kick off the new semester with a throwback to the end of last semester when our SOON TO BE GRADUATING seniors put together some great capstone research posters. Congrats again, everyone!

Scalia Lab and OU CAMS have been active over break, including attending the annual American Meteorological Society Confe...
01/13/2019

Scalia Lab and OU CAMS have been active over break, including attending the annual American Meteorological Society Conference in Phoenix.

As some may already know, members of OU Cams and staff of Scalia Lab attended the annual American Meteorological Society conference (AMS) this past week.With some presenting posters on research they have previously done. Every year meteorology students at Ohio University continue to excel and impress!

Research by our own Dr. Jana Houser is featured in the Washington Post!"When Jana Houser and her colleagues looked back ...
12/14/2018
Tornadoes spawn from cloud to ground, right? Probably not, says this new study.

Research by our own Dr. Jana Houser is featured in the Washington Post!

"When Jana Houser and her colleagues looked back at the data, they noticed something they hadn’t observed before — instead of starting in the clouds and dropping to the ground, the tornadoes they examined appeared to have started at the ground and worked their way up."

That tornadoes might form from the ground up isn't a new idea, but there has been little observational evidence to support it.

It's that time again: JOB QUEST!Panels of 3 to 4 geography alums each will discuss what they do and how they got there. ...
11/14/2018

It's that time again: JOB QUEST!

Panels of 3 to 4 geography alums each will discuss what they do and how they got there. We will have three panels this year, followed by a reception where you can mingle with the panelists. Each will panel will be in Clippinger 119 and cover a different aspect of geography. We hope to see you there!

See the included flyer for details.

Tomorrow, November 14th is GIS Day! Enjoy an afternoon of live demonstrations, talks, and workshops! 12:00-12:45  Python...
11/13/2018

Tomorrow, November 14th is GIS Day! Enjoy an afternoon of live demonstrations, talks, and workshops!

12:00-12:45 Python Workshop, Matt Riley (Grover E205)

12:55-1:50 Use of GIS in analyzing abandoned underground mines, Emily Mullins and OU FMS Drone Initiative, Ryan Shearer (both Grover E205)

2:00-2:55 Use of Mapping Tools in Data Journalism and Visual Communication, Juan Thomassie (WALT 145)

3:05-4:00 Demonstration of GPS Mapping and Drones – Brett Korsok, Tim Grubb, Ryan Shearer (WALT 145 and Bicentennial Park)

Our own Dr. Jana Houser will be giving a colloquium this week. Her talk will be on "Recent Advances in Scientific Unders...
10/17/2018

Our own Dr. Jana Houser will be giving a colloquium this week. Her talk will be on "Recent Advances in Scientific Understanding of Tornado Evolution Facilitated by Rapid-Scan, Mobile Radar Observations." Come hear her THIS Friday (October 19th) at 3:05 in Clippinger 119.

The OU Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (OUCAMS) and the Geography Club are co-sponsoring a Geography Depa...
10/05/2018
Susan G. Komen® Columbus - 2018 Komen Southeast Ohio Race for the Cure : OU Geography Department

The OU Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (OUCAMS) and the Geography Club are co-sponsoring a Geography Department team for the October 14th Race for a Cure!

The race is right here in Athens. You can participate by running with us, donating, or attending our fundraising event, "Geography Casino Night for the Cure" on Tuesday October 9th (7-9pm).

Click the image below for more information.

I am supporting Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Come join me!

THIS Friday (Sept 21st) at 3:05 in Clippinger 119 we'll be hosting our first colloquium speaker of the semester, Dr. Jil...
09/20/2018
Jill Coleman

THIS Friday (Sept 21st) at 3:05 in Clippinger 119 we'll be hosting our first colloquium speaker of the semester, Dr. Jill Coleman from Ball State. Her talk will be called, "Hydroclimatic Variability in the Eastern U.S. Associated with Atmospheric Teleconnection Patterns."

She'll focus on teleconnection patterns that influence precipitation, streamflow and atmospheric circulation variability in the Midwest and Eastern U.S.

Learn more about her research by clicking the image.

Jill Coleman is an Professor of geography specializing in atmospheric science and applied geography. Her current research interests include the areas of synoptic climatology and hydroclimatic variability, particularly the relationship between atmospheric teleconnections (e.g., the Southern Oscillati...

Hot off the (digital) presses, it's the Fall 2018 OHIO Department of Geography Newsletter! Get caught up on news about f...
09/19/2018
Ohio University

Hot off the (digital) presses, it's the Fall 2018 OHIO Department of Geography Newsletter! Get caught up on news about faculty and alumni achievements (including recent grads) and the new online Geospatial Information Science Certificate program.

Click on any of the images to access the newsletter.

09/16/2018
Scalia Laboratory For Atmospheric Analysis

A little end-of-summer update from the third floor.

As we have the start of the fall coming this Saturday here is some notes about this past summer. The summer of 2018 was ranked the 4th hottest summer on record with the average temperature being 73.5 F. For our area and most of the United States there was months of hot temperatures and high humidity. Above average precipitation was the story as well as we had slow moving systems dumping lots of rain. Learn more here: https://www.noaa.gov/news/summer-2018-ranked-4th-hottest-on-record-for-us

By popular request, here's much more information on Dr. Wangui's work in Kenya.
09/07/2018
Wangui on Fulbright Studying Gender Participation in Nairobi Water Project - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

By popular request, here's much more information on Dr. Wangui's work in Kenya.

Dr. E. Edna Wangui, Associate Professor of Geography, is in Nairobi, Kenya, conducting research on how gender influences participation in an Kenyan ecosystem project. She received a 10-month Fulbright Scholar award as well as an Ohio University Faculty Fellowship Award for the 2018-19 fall and sprin...

09/07/2018
Fostering a Sense of Place: Big Collaborations in a Small University Town

If you're feeling nostalgic for Athens, you'll enjoy this gorgeous video of geographer - and President of Ohio University - Duane Nellis and Mayor of Athens Steve Patterson discussing the close relationship between OHIO and the city.

Steve Patterson, Mayor of the City of Athens, and M. Duane Nellis, President of Ohio University, discuss the unique relationship between Athens and the Unive...

You've probably noticed, but as of the first day of classes, both parking lots north of Clippinger are closed. The large...
09/04/2018
OU officials break ground on major construction project

You've probably noticed, but as of the first day of classes, both parking lots north of Clippinger are closed. The larger lot will become a 169,000 square foot building that will house the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. It should be completed in 2020. Soon afterward, the university plans to renovate Clippinger itself, including spaces belonging to the Department of Geography.

Ohio University officials on Thursday celebrated the groundbreaking for a major new $42.6 million classroom building to house the university’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. It will be located in

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