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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.
Department News

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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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.
Faculty and Students Research Kenyan Settlement SchemesPolitical science professor Sandra Joireman and Spatial Analysis Lab director Kim Browne traveled with three student researchers to Kenya, where they worked with the National Land Commission to digitally map Kenyan settlement schemes. Learn more.

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Faculty and Staff Highlights

  • 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.

  • Propst Certification

    Nancy Propst has received her Certified Administrative Professional certification from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

  • Lookingbill Grant

    Dr. Todd Lookingbill has received a grant from the National Park Service to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the natural resources at Fort Monroe National Monument and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument.

  • Klinker and students travel to Australia

    Spatial Analysis Lab Director Kim Klinker took a group of students to Australia in the summer of 2014. See the story map of their travels.

  • Salisbury on All Things Considered

    David Salisbury was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, talking about the illegal logging situation in the Peruvian-Brazil borderlands of Amazonia and the recent deaths of local activists seeking to draw attention to the situation. He and Diego Leal, '15, also authored an op-ed on the tragic death of their colleague Edwin Chota for the Huffington Post.

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) 289-8661
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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