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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

  • Spera Selected

    Stephanie Spera, assistant professor of geography, environment, & sustainability, was selected as one of 40 scientists to participate in the 2022 Voices for Science cohort. Read more.

  • 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.

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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