Welcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma!
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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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!
DGES’ own Dr. Darren Purcell was named one of the “Most Inspiring Faculty” by student-athletes! Congratulations Dr. Purcell!
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
Congratulations to Dr. Smith whose project “Visualizing Cleaner Water” was selected in this year’s current annual theme of the Faculty Advisory Committee, OU Humanities Forum, Forum Grant award program. Great job!!!!!
DGES Seminar Series
March 25 Sasha Peterson (courtesy of SCIPP)
April 15 Virginia Silvis – Dept. of Geography & Env. Sustain.
April 29 Hernan Moreno – Dept. of Geography & Env. Sustain.
See all of our Colloquia here