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 University of Oklahoma’s annual Big Event is an official day of community service. Each year, more than 5,000 OU students serve as volunteers at non-profits, churches, schools, and other community organizations throughout the Norman and Oklahoma City areas. Now in its 16th year at OU, the Big Event took place this past Saturday, on April 11, 2015 – and students from the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (DGES) heard the call! A BIG THANK YOU to DGES majors who took part, for all your enthusiasm, optimism, and hard work. Despite the weather you did a fantastic job!
Congratulations to Madeline Hinchliffe, (ES, 2015) for winning the AAG Peter Gould Undergraduate Student Paper Competition for Health and Medical Geography. She will be presenting her paper, “Measuring Perceptions of Collegiate Students to Assess Shampoo Purchasing Decisions,” at the Chicago AAG meeting.
Geography students Ashlee Tziganuk and Carrie Pavlowsky have received the Provosts Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Student teaching. Recipients of this award represent the top 10% of all graduate student teaching assistants on the Norman Campus, based on student evaluations. This is a fantastic honor! Congratulations to Ashlee and Carrie!
Congratulations to Paulette Blanchard for successfully defending her master’s thesis: “Our Squirrels Will Have Elephant Ears: Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change in the South Central United States”. Members of her committee are
(left to right) Aondover Tarhule, Associate Professor; Karl Offen, Associate Professor; Dr. Randy Peppler.
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.
DGES Seminar Series
“How Climate Change Became Controversial: An Analysis of the Climate Change Denial Counter-Movement”, by Dr. Riley Dunlap, Regents Professor and Laurence L. and Georgia Ina Dresser Professor, Oklahoma State University, Department of Sociology, Friday, April 17, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Sarkey’s Energy Center, N202. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
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