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Department News

We're pleased to recognize our 2022 departmental award winners:

Outstanding Senior Geographer: Elizabeth Halasz

Exemplary Geography Research Award: Bob Chia Balmaceda

Exemplary Service Award: Claire King

Outstanding Service to the Spatial Analysis Lab: Eliza Herrenkohl

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Faculty and Staff Highlights

  • Lookingbill Published

    Todd Lookingbill, associate professor of geography, environmental studies, and biology, published an article, "Connectivity in the Urban Landscape (2015–2020): Who? Where? What? When? Why? and How?" in Current Landscape Ecology Reports.

  • Spera Awarded

    Stephanie Spera, assistant professor of geography and the environment, received the Excellence in Instructional Technology Award from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Read more.

  • Lookingbill Publishes Chapter on Riverscapes

    Todd Lookingbill, associate professor of geography, environmental studies, and biology, published a chapter on riverscapes in The Routledge Handbook of Landscape Ecology.

  • Spera Published

    Stephanie Spera, assistant professor of geography and the environment, published an article on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report — "What You Need to Know and Why it's a Big Deal" in the The Conversation.

  • Lookingbill Awarded

    Todd Lookingbill, associate professor of geography, environmental studies, and biology, has been named an Outstanding Faculty Award recipient by the State Council of Higher Education. Read more.

  • Lookingbill Published

    Todd Lookingbill, associate professor of geography and the environment, published “Assessing Inequitable Urban Heat Islands and Air Pollution Disparities with Low-Cost Sensors in Richmond, Virginia” in Sustainability.

  • Spera Awarded

    Stephanie Spera, assistant professor of geography, has been awarded $705,261 from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a three year project, Quantifying the Effects of Forest Cover Changes on Provisioning and Regulating Ecosystem Services in the Southwestern Amazon.

  • Spera Wins Climate Change Fellowship
    Dr. Stephanie Spera has been awarded the Second Century Stewardship Research Fellowship at Acadia National Park for Climate Change, Fall Foliage and Leaf-Peepers: Effects of Precipitation and Temperature on Senescence and Visitation in Acadia National Park
  • Lookingbill Awarded for Habitat Ecology Dr. Todd Lookingbill has received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award by the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.
  • Salisbury Grant

    Geography professor David Salisbury has received a grant from the Pan American Institute of Geography and History to support a Transboundary Amazon Mapping Workshop.

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from geography faculty are being read around the globe.

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Contact Us

Mailing address:
Department of Geography and the Environment
Carole Weinstein International Center
211 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, Virginia  23173

Phone: (804) 289-8265
Fax: (804) 484-1577

Spatial Analysis Laboratory: (804) 484-1518

Department Chair:  Todd Lookingbill
Major Advisors: Mary Finley-Brook, Todd Lookingbill, David Salisbury and Stephanie Spera
Academic Administrative Specialist: Nancy Propst

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