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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Congratulations to Jesus Zubillaga Rumbos for successfully defending his Master’s thesis: “Importance of Weather Monitoring Information for Decision Making in Agricultural Production – A Case Study for Oklahoma”.
Members of his committee are (left to right) Mark Meo, Professor; Travis Gliedt, Assistant Professor; Jadwiga Ziolkowska, Assistant Professor (Chair).
The department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability is pleased to announce the creation of a new embedded certificate program in Geospatial Technologies. Geospatial technology is so prevalent nowadays that we rarely think about its use anymore. However, it is almost impossible to imagine a world without Google Maps, Yelp, and other location-based services that are currently available on most smart phones and other devices. DGES now offers an embedded graduate certificate in geospatial technologies to help meet the increased demand for GIS professionals. For more information regarding this certificate program, click
DGES students are involved in many interesting activities during the summer months.
Katherine Fiddler, DGES graduate spring 2016, BA ES, is currently working on an interneship with the Transportation Department in Boulder County Colorado.
Kyle Mattingly, DGES graduate fall 2016, BS ES, recently accepted a position with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board groundwater department.
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!
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