Sophomore Kate Carlson has already job shadowed a county GIS specialist, mapped Shakespearean plays as part of her honors project, and worked in the dendrochronology lab. “The Department of Geography offers experiences that teach not only the concepts needed in the field of geography, but also the real-world applications of them,” she says.
New assistant professor Eric Shook’s research is interdisciplinary, allowing him to "bring social scientists into the computational landscape and help solve some of the world’s biggest problems; problems in health, crime, risks, and hazards all can be examined from a diverse lens by leveraging big spatial data,” he says.
Jessica Finlay, a doctoral candidate in geography and gerontology at the University of Minnesota, is researching how community factors such as transportation services, built infrastructure, and neighborhood social environment impact the wellbeing of senior citizens. Her research was given national attention when it recently appeared on the Council of Graduate Schools website.