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Geography cultivates informed and engaged global citizens through an emphasis on integrative problem solving, spatial analysis, and communication skills. Our department bridges the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to provide a better understanding of the earth's cultural and biological diversity.
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We're pleased to recognize our 2020 departmental award winners:

Outstanding Senior Geographer: Emily Routman

Exemplary Geography Research Award: Nia Cambridge

Exemplary Service Award: Griffin Walsh  

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GTU Named Honors ChapterUR's chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the geography fraternity, was recognized as an Honors Chapter for 2018. Honors chapters are selected for their campus service and commitment to recognizing outstanding student scholarship in geography.
Researching Global Ecosystems in AustraliaGeography professor Todd Lookingbill and his students traveled to Australia’s Outback and Great Barrier Reef for classes on biology, geography and conservation.

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Faculty and Staff Highlights

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lookingbill Named Distinguished Educator

    Geography and biology professor Todd Lookingbill was named a 2018 University of Richmond Distinguished Educator.

  • Salisbury Award

    Geography professor David Salisbury was given the Private Sector & Government Award at the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers in May 2018.

  • Grayson and Lookingbill Grant

    Biology professor Kristine Grayson and geography professor Todd Lookingbill have received a grant from the National Science Foundation  to research and understand species diversity in rock pool communities in the James River.

  • Finley-Brook Appointment

    Dr. Mary Finley-Brook was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.

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.

GIS Day 2018

Contact Us

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

Phone: (804) 289-8661
Fax: (804) 484-1577

Spatial Analysis Laboratory: (804) 484-1518

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

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