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UMN GES graduate in the UK

Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, a recent graduate of our program, has accepted a permanent faculty position at Durham University in the UK. Durham is widely considered to be one of the top Geography departments in the UK and internationally. Our department continues to be represented in the global community. Congratulations Dr. Johnson.
Kate Carlson looking into a microscope in a lab setting.

Kate Carlson: Mapping her Future

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.

Researching Community Factors to Improve Wellbeing of Senior Citizens

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.

GES Speaker Series

The Department of Geography, Environment and Society is pleased to announce a speaker series on the topic of "writing/difference." Speakers were invited whose work grapples in various ways with the relationship between the production of knowledge, the construction of difference and emancipatory futures.
Steve Manson

Mapping the Future

Geography professor and new associate dean Steven Manson uses his fascination with data to create better human and environmental systems. “The way we solve our problems today,” he says, “will determine whether or not our great-great-great grandchildren will live in a livable and equitable world.”
Professor Brown speaking and pointing at a presentation screen

Brown Day 2016

Geography celebrated the fifty-third annual Ralph H. Brown Day this past April. The event aims to encourage conversation among geography students, faculty, and alumni from across the Department of Geography, Environment & Society. Professor Dan Brown from the University of Michigan presented the keynote lecture.