About the Department
The UNC-CH Geography Department provides an excellent program of courses and related activities for students interested in environmental science and policy, global issues and international studies, regional economic development, health geography, urbanism, place and culture. Faculty research and graduate training specializes in five teaching and research areas: (1) Earth Systems Science, (2) Geographic Information Science, (3) Nature-Society and Human-Environment Relations, (4) International Development and Globalization, and (5) Culture, Space, and Identity.
The Earth System Science geographers, including Professors Band, Konrad, Moody, Riveros-Iregui, Song, Walsh, and Wise, focus on issues of hydrologic and fluvial systems, sediment transport, biogeography and ecosystem carbon budget processes, landscape level nutrient cycling, hydro-climate, climate variability and ecosystem response.
Geographic Information scientists including Professors Walsh, Band, Emch, Gray, Havice, Moody, Song, and Valdivia focus research on spatial analysis of human systems of the tropics, urban environments and biogeographic distributions. They develop and apply state-of-the-art techniques in remote sensing, image processing and terrain analysis to a variety of ecosystem and human-environment problems.
Geographers in the department interested in issues relating to Nature-Society and Human-Environment Relations focus on analytical and theoretical perspectives in ecology, cultural ecology, political ecology, and science and technology studies. These include Band, Birdsall, Emch, Clark Gray, Havice, Hillis (adjunct: Communication Studies), Kirsch, Moody, Olson, Smith, Valdivia, and Walsh.
Geographers in the Culture, Space, and Identity cluster have current research interests in political economy, cultural-social geographies, and health geographies. In addition, the study of social spaces introduces students to various aspects of the history and philosophy of geography, spatial analysis and public policy, social theory and cultural studies, gender studies and feminism, and science and technology studies. Faculty members in this cluster include Birdsall, Cravey, Gray, Havice, Kirsch, Martin, Pickles, Smith, Valdivia, Escobar (adjunct: Anthropology), Hillis (adjunct: Communication Studies).