The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is comprised of physical, natural and social scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Our mission is to create, extend and disseminate applied and theoretical scientific knowledge of the Earth’s physical, natural and human systems and their interactions through scholarly research, teaching and service.  Read more >>

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Eric Webb (M.S., 2020) Wins Regional Award for Master's Thesis

   January 24, 2023

Eric Webb (MS Earth Sciences) is the winner of the 2023 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Master’s Thesis Award, and he is the first Masters student from UNC Charlotte to ever win! His MS thesis, "Reanalysis of the Extended Multivariate ENSO Index", was in the Math, Physical Sciences, and Engineering category of the CSGS competition.

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GES Students and Faculty attend AMS in Denver, CO

26 students and faculty from GES attended the annual AMS meeting in Denver, CO.
   January 11, 2023

Students and faculty from Geography and Earth Sciences represented UNC Charlotte at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting https://...

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Dr. Heather Smith named director of the Levine Scholars Program

GES's Dr. Heather Smith is named the new Levine Program Director
   December 16, 2022

Heather Smith, professor of geography, interim chair of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and Levine Scholars faculty fellow has been appointed faculty director of the Levine Scholars Program, effective July 1, 2023. She succeeds Diane Zablotsky, who will return as a faculty member to the Department of Sociology.

Smith...

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Dr. Sandra Clinton inspires new generations of women in STEM

   December 14, 2022
Researchers and Alumni inspire new generations of women STEM professionals.

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The Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP), highlighted in US News and World Report

CHARP, led by Dr. Colleen Hammelman receives national shout-out
   December 13, 2022
The Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP) led by Dr. Colleen Hammelman received a national shout-out in the December 11th edition of US News and World Report.

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Terry Shirley Wins UNC Charlotte Award for Teaching Excellence

   December 6, 2022

Congratulations to our own Terry Shirley for being this years winner of the UNC Charlotte Award for Teaching Excellence....

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Cultivating Sustainability Game Changers in Higher Education with Dr. Plaxedes Chitiyo

   December 1, 2022

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Eric Webb (MS, 2020) Wins Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

   November 9, 2022

Eric Webb, MS Earth Sciences in Fall 2020, is the winner of the 2023 Outstanding Master's Thesis Award from the UNC Charlotte Graduate School in the “Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering” category. Eric joined UNC Charlotte after finishing his BS in Meteorology from NC State, and his Masters thesis was titled “Reanalysis of the Extended Multivariate ENSO Index”. Eric wrote in his...

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Dr. Heather Smith Named Interim Department Chair

   November 1, 2022

With Dr. Thomas stepping into her new role as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Heather Smith will be taking over as Interim Department Chair for the remainder of the accademic year. 

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NSF Funded Study Abroad Summer Program in Thailand

   November 1, 2022

Join an interactive research experience in Thailand to learn about tropical food systems while growing your skills in remote sensing data analytics and land-use science. This 8-week summer program/course is FULLY funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It provides undergraduate and graduate students, particularly students from underrepresented groups, a unique opportunity to study the...

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