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MSU researchers determine rapid water level rise driving unprecedented habitat loss along Great Lakes coasts

MSU researchers determine rapid water level rise driving unprecedented habitat loss along Great Lakes coasts

August 18, 2021

Coastlines of the Great Lakes are constantly changing, but new MSU research led by Ethan Theuerkauf indicates that increased fluctuations in lake levels due to climate change will likely drive sustained habitat loss. That’s why MSU geographers are sharing their research with coastal communities to help them prepare.

Geography PhD Student Spotlights Community Strength During Michigan’s Inaugural Native Breastfeeding Week

Geography PhD Student Spotlights Community Strength During Michigan’s Inaugural Native Breastfeeding Week

August 16, 2021

Angie Sanchez, a graduate student in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, not only applauds the recognition the State of Michigan is shining on the importance of breastfeeding but was part of efforts to bring Native Breastfeeding Week to fruition in Michigan.

Goodwin Receives Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award

Goodwin Receives Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award

July 20, 2021

Please join the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences in congratulating Robert Goodwin on receiving a Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award.

MSU Geography PhD Student Publishes Guidebook for First-Generation College Students

MSU Geography PhD Student Publishes Guidebook for First-Generation College Students

July 19, 2021

Kionna Henderson, a third-year doctoral student in Geography, has penned a guidebook for first-generation college students.

Alumni Spotlight: How a Passion for Sustainability Became a Distinguished Dissertation

Alumni Spotlight: How a Passion for Sustainability Became a Distinguished Dissertation

June 28, 2021

As a first-generation college graduate from a single mother household in Puerto Rico, MSU Geography Alumna Dr. Cristina Gauthier-Hernandez received no guidance when it came to navigating her career path. After being encouraged to simply choose a “profitable” career, she studied engineering and eventually tied her degree to her interest for sustainability. Despite any setback she faced, Gauthier persevered and surpassed her career goals, eventually receiving honorable recognition for her work.

MSU Geographer Secures $1.1M NSF CAREER Award to Map Forest Carbon Uptake

MSU Geographer Secures $1.1M NSF CAREER Award to Map Forest Carbon Uptake

June 21, 2021

Under a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award of nearly $1.2M from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Kyla Dahlin, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, will lead research that takes a new approach to unravel the challenge of measuring carbon uptake, especially at large scales.

Moore Receives MSU Graduate School Mentoring Award

Moore Receives MSU Graduate School Mentoring Award

June 17, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Moore, associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Geography, Environmental, and Spatial Sciences, for receiving The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for a senior faculty member.

Study suggests evidence for Native American survival techniques in Great Lakes region

Study suggests evidence for Native American survival techniques in Great Lakes region

June 15, 2021

Recent work along the Spoonville Peninsula in Southwest Michigan has uncovered what may be the most extensive collection of Upper Great Lakes cache pits ever to be excavated. According

The American Geographical Society Elects MSU Alumna Dr. Demetrice Jordan to Council

The American Geographical Society Elects MSU Alumna Dr. Demetrice Jordan to Council

June 11, 2021

Congratulations to MSU Geography Alumna Dr. Demetrice Jordan on being elected to the American Geographical Society (AGS) Council.

Michigan State University experts say Great Lakes water levels down, but the threat is far from over

Michigan State University experts say Great Lakes water levels down, but the threat is far from over

June 7, 2021 - Press Release

MSU geographers are studying how to help coastal communities, while calling on citizen scientists around the region in new, first of its kind, volunteer program

MSU Researchers Produce Publicly Available Dataset to Analyze Broadband Availability and Help Close the Digital Divide

MSU Researchers Produce Publicly Available Dataset to Analyze Broadband Availability and Help Close the Digital Divide

May 27, 2021 - Diane Huhn

Dr. Elizabeth Mack leads effort to make a much-anticipated open-source Broadband Integrated Time Series (BITS) dataset available to anyone wishing to work on analyzing FCC broadband availability data.

Shortridge to be named Interim Geography Chair

Shortridge to be named Interim Geography Chair

May 17, 2021

Dr. Mary Finn, Dean of the MSU College of Social Science, has announced that Ashton Shortridge, Professor of Geography, has accepted the position of Interim Chairperson of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Science effective August 16, 2021.

MSU Social Scientists and Engineers Work Together for Sustainable Energy Solutions in the Amazon

MSU Social Scientists and Engineers Work Together for Sustainable Energy Solutions in the Amazon

May 12, 2021 - Diane Huhn

Social Scientists such as Emilio Moran are working with MSU Engineers to ensure that the needs of small communities, often negatively impacted by hydropower dam projects, are thoroughly considered in promising sustainable energy solutions in the Amazon.

Geography Associate Professor Pens Inaugural AAG Op-Ed News Feature

Geography Associate Professor Pens Inaugural AAG Op-Ed News Feature

May 7, 2021

Guo Chen, associate professor of Geography and Global Urban Studies at MSU, recently authored the first in a new section of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Newsletter called Perspectives. The column aims to offer a platform for AAG members to discuss issues of relevance to geography.

College of Social Science - Outstanding Senior in GEO | Ryan Snider

College of Social Science - Outstanding Senior in GEO | Ryan Snider

May 4, 2021

Meet our 2021 Outstanding Senior, Ryan Snider!

Economic Geography is Coming this Summer!

Economic Geography is Coming this Summer!

April 15, 2021

onGEO and Dr. Liz Mack have created a fully online version of the Geography Department's popular Introduction of Economic Geography (Geo 113v) course. This course will be offered during the 2021 Summer I session with Kyle Redican (MSU-GEO) as the Instructor.

Announcing the 2021 MSU Geography Award Recipients

Announcing the 2021 MSU Geography Award Recipients

April 9, 2021

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University offers a hearty congratulations to all of our 2021 GEO Award recipients recognizing student academic achievement.

Chen Named Fulbright Global Scholar

Chen Named Fulbright Global Scholar

April 7, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Jiquan Chen on being named a Fulbright Global Scholar. As part of this experience, Dr. Chen will spend two to three months each at host labs in Australia and Germany working to build a network of scholars for promoting the research frontiers of global warming potentials and ecosystem services of managed landscapes and will work towards publishing a textbook dealing with modern scientific hypothesis and experimental design across scales.

Enrollment Open for Professional Certificate onGEO Summer Sessions

Enrollment Open for Professional Certificate onGEO Summer Sessions

March 10, 2021

Enrollment opportunities for our slate of Online Geography (onGEO) Summer Professional Certificate courses are open!

Enrollment Opening Soon for Undergraduate onGEO Summer Sessions

Enrollment Opening Soon for Undergraduate onGEO Summer Sessions

March 9, 2021

Enrollment opportunities for our slate of onGEO Summer Undergraduate courses is right around the corner. Enrollment by appointment begins March 15, and open enrollment begins March 23.

NASA Project Studies How Urban Centers May Trap Birds During Migration

NASA Project Studies How Urban Centers May Trap Birds During Migration

March 4, 2021 - Diane Huhn

Michigan State University’s Geoffrey Henebry, professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations is teaming up with Colorado State University’s Kyle Horton, now an assistant professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, to learn even more about the effects of cities as ecological traps for migrating birds.

Geography Alumnus Spearheads Publication of Online Black Geographers Anthology Database

Geography Alumnus Spearheads Publication of Online Black Geographers Anthology Database

March 1, 2021

The Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University applauds recent Geography alumnus and current Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School Dr. Demetrice "Dee" Jordan for her work in partnership with the American Geographical Society on the publication of a significant resource highlighting Black Geographers.

Chen Receives Outstanding Service Award

Chen Receives Outstanding Service Award

February 25, 2021

Guo Chen received an Outstanding Service Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) China Geography Specialty Group.

Dr. Joe Darden Named Diversity Champion

Dr. Joe Darden Named Diversity Champion

February 16, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Darden on being named a Diversity Champion by the College of Social Science.

PhD Student Earns Cryosphere Innovation Award from AGU

PhD Student Earns Cryosphere Innovation Award from AGU

February 5, 2021

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Raven Mitchell for receiving the Cryosphere Innovation Award for Students from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

MSU Scholar Emilio Moran Discusses Innovative Interdisciplinary Work Focused on Off-grid Hydropower in Brazil

MSU Scholar Emilio Moran Discusses Innovative Interdisciplinary Work Focused on Off-grid Hydropower in Brazil

December 17, 2020

World-renowned social anthropologist Emilio Moran discusses his latest work in the Brazilian Amazon with Russ White on a recent episode of MSU Today.

Geography Professor David Roy among the world's most highly cited researchers

Geography Professor David Roy among the world's most highly cited researchers

December 8, 2020

Dr. David P. Roy, Professor of Geography and member of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, has been named one of the most highly cited researchers in the world. Dr. Roy is one of 9 Michigan State University researchers to be recognized in the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

Angie Sanchez, Ph.D. Student Named Diversity Torch

Angie Sanchez, Ph.D. Student Named Diversity Torch

November 2, 2020

Congratulations to Angie Sanchez on being name a Diversity Torch by the Michigan State University College of Social Science. Angie is a PhD student in the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences. Her dissertation research focuses on breastfeeding access for women in Indigenous communities throughout Michigan.

Chen Co-Authors Book Enabling International Audience a Detailed Exploration of China's Grassland Ecosystems

Chen Co-Authors Book Enabling International Audience a Detailed Exploration of China's Grassland Ecosystems

October 7, 2020 - Diane Huhn

Jiquan Chen of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) and the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University, has joined several scholars in publishing the first in a planned series of volumes enabling the broader international community to explore the ecosystems of China.

MSU Interdisciplinary Team Secures $3.2M National Science Foundation Convergence Grant to Empower Off-grid Communities

MSU Interdisciplinary Team Secures $3.2M National Science Foundation Convergence Grant to Empower Off-grid Communities

October 6, 2020 - Diane Huhn

Michigan State University Researcher Emilio Moran will lead a team in the development of a convergent framework offering non-dam hydropower as a sustainable energy solution for off-grid communities while empowering and engaging residents throughout the process.

Grant Will Support Native American Breastfeeding Initiative in Michigan

Grant Will Support Native American Breastfeeding Initiative in Michigan

September 22, 2020

Congratulations to Angie Sanchez, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, on the award of “Native American Breastfeeding Initiative Embracing Culture,” a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

Dr. Amber Pearson to Present on Blue and Green Spaces at 2020 SHIFT Summit

Dr. Amber Pearson to Present on Blue and Green Spaces at 2020 SHIFT Summit

September 16, 2020

Dr. Amber Pearson will present at the 2020 SHIFT Summit in October.

Ana Rivera Named Diversity Torch Recipient

Ana Rivera Named Diversity Torch Recipient

September 15, 2020

Congratulations to Ana Rivera on being recognized as a Diversity Torch recipient this month from the College of Social Science. Rivera is a graduate student in Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences who is committed to improving urban environments through the use of geospatial science.

College Shines Diversity Spotlight on Dee Jordan as She Readies for Postdoc Fellowship

College Shines Diversity Spotlight on Dee Jordan as She Readies for Postdoc Fellowship

August 20, 2020

Congratulations to recent alum Dee Jordan as she begins her Postdoctoral Fellowship with Harvard Medical School and is also spotlighted by the MSU College of Social Science for serving as a model of excellence in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Elissa Slotkin Seeking Federal Funding for MSU-led Work on Systemic Inequalities

Elissa Slotkin Seeking Federal Funding for MSU-led Work on Systemic Inequalities

August 20, 2020 - Diane Huhn

U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat who represents the 8th district, is interested in seeking federal funding for research spearheaded by MSU Geography Professor Joe T. Darden that was disseminated on an annual basis between 1984-1993 in a report known as the “State of Black Michigan.”

MSU Geography Addresses Disparate Impacts

MSU Geography Addresses Disparate Impacts

June 5, 2020

At this time of increased awareness of racial injustice, the MSU Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences is committed to proactively addressing the societal and institutional disparate impact on Blacks and Other People of Color. - Alan Arbogast, Chair.

Alan Arbogast and Kevin McKeehan Participate in Multi-Phased Research to Understand Michigan’s Dynamic Coastal Dunes

Alan Arbogast and Kevin McKeehan Participate in Multi-Phased Research to Understand Michigan’s Dynamic Coastal Dunes

June 2, 2020

In conjunction with the Michigan Environmental Council, the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, and the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University recently concluded a phase of ongoing research focused on Michigan’s coastal dunes. This project is the result of a partnership between the state of Michigan, its Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan State University, and citizen scientists across the state.

Advancing Geography Through Diversity Program

Advancing Geography Through Diversity Program

May 31, 2020

The Advancing Geography Through Diversity Program is now recruiting students planning to start graduate school in the 2021 - 22 academic year.

Congratulations to Our 2020 Minors in Geographic Information Science

Congratulations to Our 2020 Minors in Geographic Information Science

May 18, 2020

The Department of Geography at Michigan State University congratulates all of the 2020 graduates who minored in Geographic Information Science. MSU has a long tradition of excellence in GIS.

Celebrating Our 2020 Geography Graduates

Celebrating Our 2020 Geography Graduates

May 11, 2020

All of us at the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences want to congratulate the Class of 2020. We are so proud of the commitment this class has demonstrated and the accomplishments they have achieved.

Mapping a Virus: Visualizing the Geography of COVID-19 in Michigan

Mapping a Virus: Visualizing the Geography of COVID-19 in Michigan

May 7, 2020 - Diane Huhn

As cases of the novel coronavirus began spreading across the globe earlier this year, Jonnell Sanciangco, a Michigan State University (MSU) doctoral candidate specializing in spatial methodologies in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, began a routine of checking in on one of the few websites sharing daily COVID-19-related data at the time. He quickly decided to create a similar site for Michigan.

MSU Geography Faculty Contribute to Book about Landscape Dynamics Across Central Asia

MSU Geography Faculty Contribute to Book about Landscape Dynamics Across Central Asia

May 6, 2020 - Diane Huhn

Important research about the drylands of the greater Central Asia region by several professors in the Michigan State University Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences has recently been featured in a book published by Springer Nature. Editors of the volume include Jiquan Chen and Geoffrey Henebry,

Geography Department Welcomes Diane Huhn

Geography Department Welcomes Diane Huhn

April 6, 2020

We are very excited to announce that Diane Huhn has joined the College of Social Science in the role of Communication Coordinator for the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences (GEO), the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) and the Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP).

This Year's Geography Award Recipients

This Year's Geography Award Recipients

March 31, 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 GEO Award recipients recognizing student academic achievement.

Advancing Geography Through Diversity Program

Advancing Geography Through Diversity Program

March 30, 2020

The Advancing Geography Through Diversity Program is now recruiting students planning to start graduate school in the 2021 - 22 academic year.

2020 Beta Chi Chapter of GTU Initiates

2020 Beta Chi Chapter of GTU Initiates

March 29, 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Beta Chi Chapter of GTU Initiates.

Randy Schaetzl Receives Cross-Disciplinary Research Award

Randy Schaetzl Receives Cross-Disciplinary Research Award

March 27, 2020

Congratulations to Randy Schaetzl for being awarded the MSU College of Social Science Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Research Award. 

Frederick "Fritz" Nelson Receives Award from AAG Marcus Fund

Frederick "Fritz" Nelson Receives Award from AAG Marcus Fund

March 13, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Fritz Nelson on being named a recipient of the 2020 Marcus Fund for Physical Geography.

MSU Suspends Face-to-Face Instruction

MSU Suspends Face-to-Face Instruction

March 11, 2020

MSU is suspending face-to-face Instruction due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dee Jordan Selected to Inaugural Cohort of MSU Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Dee Jordan Selected to Inaugural Cohort of MSU Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

February 28, 2020

Congratulations to Dee Jordan on being selected to be a member of the inaugural cohort of Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society members at Michigan State University.

Fire Behavior and Smoke Dispersion in Forested Environments: Don't Ignore Turbulent Fluxes of Heat and Momentum

Fire Behavior and Smoke Dispersion in Forested Environments: Don't Ignore Turbulent Fluxes of Heat and Momentum

February 20, 2020

Northern Research Station scientists are investigating how fire-induced atmospheric turbulence can impact heat and momentum fluxes in the vicinity of wildland fires in forested environments.

Calling For GEO Award Applications!

Calling For GEO Award Applications!

January 23, 2020

It’s the time of year that we start looking ahead to the slate of Department awards, and solicit membership in Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geography Honor Society.

Congratulations to Jiquan Chen for being a recipient of the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

Congratulations to Jiquan Chen for being a recipient of the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

January 6, 2020

For his many accomplishments as a scholar and mentor and his extensive service to MSU and his profession, Jiquan Chen is richly deserving of the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.