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We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.
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Geography is a discipline that studies people and the world in which they live. The geography research and teaching focus at the University of Oklahoma are organized around two thematic areas which correspond broadly to the traditional classification of physical and human geography.
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Attention Students - potential opportunity for scholarship funds
The Oklahoma Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has endowed a scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. The chapter’s contributions will ensure an annual award to promising undergraduates in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability.
“This has been a long time goal of the Oklahoma Indian Nations Chapter,” said treasurer Ken Purdy.. “We have provided the resources and the University will manage the process of identifying students who excel in our field.”
In 2016, the chapter contributed $25,000 to the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma who also added a $5,000 match. The foundation and the university will work together to make the annual student award.
Chapter Chair David Griesel added, “With the continued financial success of the chapter we hope to create similar scholarship programs at other Oklahoma universities. Education is a core SWANA mission for our current members as well as our industry’s future work force.”
Stay tuned for more information!
The Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma, is seeking a one-year postdoctoral researcher to conduct non-market evaluation of ecosystem services in the US Rio Grande River Basin and assess people’s willingness to pay to protect the river water resources. The researcher will be expected to develop a contingent valuation model in collaboration with the project PI (Dr. Jad Ziolkowska) and a graduate student. The researcher will conduct surveys online and travel to selected sites in the Rio Grande River Basin to collect field data (by interviewing municipalities, farmers and ranchers, tribal nations, the Corps of Engineers, power generators and industry, recreational managers), analyze the data and generate results.
The department is pleased to announce Ms. Jamie Steele received the University’s Best New Advisor Award at a recent staff award ceremony! Congratulations to Jamie for this awesome award!
Learn about an interesting project several DGES faculty are involved in this semester. A group of faculty from across campus are contributing posts to the blog “Inhabiting the Anthropocene” (
This blog is focused on a recent article by Erle Ellis, Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere, which attempts an ambitious synthesis of ecology, evolutionary theory, and anthropology (among other sources) in order to provide a theory of what it is about human beings that have enabled this species to have such profound impact on the planet. Posts go up once or twice a week.
You can also follow this discussion on Twitter: @InhabAnthrocene
The graduate student leadership group (Association of Geography Graduate Students, AGGS) in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability has a new website you might find helpful. Follow this
link to view this source of helpful information.