The GES office is open. We are now back in McEniry!! You can always email: ges@uncc.edu, or call the main number, 704.687.5973. The office phone is being monitored, along with email, so the staff can answer questions and take care of regular business. When the office is open, we ask that you stop at the door and not walk directly into the space to provide some distancing.  

GES Faculty Offices. Faculty can be reached via email to schedule a time to meet either by Zoom or in-person, depending on the faculty member’s and student’s comfort levels with covid.

If you are reaching out by phone, for most faculty you’ll now use the main office phone 704.687.5973 rather than the individual’s phone number.

As we monitor novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to supporting students, faculty and staff and ensuring that all students can fulfill their academic requirements as planned. LEARN MORE.

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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Chaven et al. article selected for the cover page of the journal Civil Engineering.

   February 1, 2022

An Analysis of Local and Combined (Global) Scours on Piers-on-Bank Bridges. The Chaven et al. article has been selected for the cover page of the journal Civil Engineering.

The research derives from the NCDOT funded DeepHyd project  (Wenwu is the PI, Diemer, S-E...

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Recent Geography Ph.D. graduate, receives the Outstanding Dissertation Award

   February 1, 2022

Paul Jung, a 2021 Geography Ph.D. graduate, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award of the American Association of Geographers' Transportation Geography Specialty Group. His dissertation was titled "Distance Friction and Spatial Interaction Dynamics of International Freight Transportation." In his dissertation, he studied the nature of spatial interaction phenomena and distance friction in...

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Dr. Thill named to 2022 Class of AAG Fellows

   January 20, 2022

Dr. Jean-Claude Thill is Knight Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Thill is highly regarded for his substantial research and training contributions to quantitative human geography and GIScience sub-field.

He has an impressive record of sustained and diverse service to the discipline. For ten years, he served as the editor-in-chief of one...

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Shoemaker featured in Charlotte Observer focus on tree canopy loss

   January 20, 2022

Director of research and outreach Douglas Shoemaker was recently featured in the Charlotte Observer's multipart story on tree canopy loss in the City. Despite a canopy coverage exceeding the national average, Charlotte has been losing more than 3 football fields of forest per day since 2012. The region remains a real estate draw for its relative affordabilty and high quality of life, but...

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"Greening Cities by Growing Food, A Political Ecology Analysis of Urban Agriculture in the Americas” was officially release/published

   January 18, 2022

Dr. Colleen Hammelman's book "Greening Cities by Growing Food, A Political Ecology Analysis of Urban Agriculture in the Americas” was officially release/published.

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GES Faculty Wins Forecasting Awards

   December 22, 2021

Terry Shirley, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences wins two National Forecasting trophies in the 2020-2021 contest.  Known as the WxChallenge (Weather Challenge), this national annual contest includes over 1,100 forecasters from all over the United States.  Meteorology faculty and students, as well as professional forecasters compete across 10...

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Connor Wood (BS Geography 2020) and J. Claire Schuch (PhD Geography and Urban Regional Analysis 2016) Collaborate on Paper

   December 2, 2021

Congratulations to GES alums Connor Wood (BS Geography 2020) and J. Claire Schuch (PhD Geography and Urban Regional Analysis 2016) on their co-authored publication in the inaugural edition of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Undergraduate Research Journal. Connor and Claire's full article titled "Crisis for the University Student:...

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PhD Student, Paul Jung, Wins First Place in the Graduate-student-led Paper Competition at NARSC

   November 18, 2021

Ph.D. Candidate Paul Jung received the first place award in the Graduate Student-led Paper Competition and Yimin and Xiao Zhuang Travel Award at the 2021 Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International in...

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UNC Charlotte Research, Outreach Efforts On Well Water Safety In Gaston County Set To Expand

   November 9, 2021

A significant proportion of Gaston County residents get their drinking water from private wells and other unregulated sources, particularly in the county’s northern and western rural communities. Yet, only a small fraction of residents test their water regularly.

A UNC Charlotte team of researchers and students will work with residents and county health officials to boost the number of...

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Dr. Katherine Idziorek Part Of Team That Receives $2M From National Science Foundation To Design Adaptable Urban Spaces

   November 3, 2021

A team including UNC Charlotte urban planning researcher Katherine Idziorek has received a nearly $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation...

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