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Emily Evenden

Emily Evenden (BA 2019) was awarded a 1st place in the undergrad ecology category and a 1st place in the undergraduate sustainability special category at the GW Research Days on April 8-9, 2019. Emily is an Environmental Studies major and GIS minor.

Her poster title is “Rivers as Systems: Evaluating the Degradation and Restoration of the Anacostia River through a Social-Ecological Framework.” She writes that “increasing political pressure has catalyzed the restoration of urban river ecosystems, with new emphasis on social, political, and economic outcomes.”  Using the Social-Ecological Systems (SES) framework, Emily studied the nearby Anacostia River in Washington, DC with her faculty supervisor Dr. Ginger Allington, an Assistant Professor of Geography who uses the SES framework in her own research in Mongolia. Emily’s research concludes that the Anacostia Restoration Plan directly addresses government’s role in retrofitting infrastructure and protecting green spaces, but does little to address social and economic pressures which may undermine ecologically sound restoration.

Nikolas Michael  (Environmental Studies, BA, 2018)  has been awarded a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholarship.

His research project, titled Climate Change Preparation as a Bridge for Cooperation Between Greek and Turkish Cypriots  will explore if preparation for climate change can further cooperation between Turkish and Greek Cypriots. He will conduct a qualitative survey of Cypriot non-governmental organizations and environmental stakeholders to gain a holistic perspective on the climate change movement as a bicommunal project. He also plans compile this information and create a publicly accessible story map, which will combine the interviews, community engagement and information from NGOs with a spatial element.

DONATE to the Joseph Dymond Scholarship in Geography Fund

Housed in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Geography is home to thirteen faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and the incorporation of innovative methods of geographic analysis and communication. The Department offers B.A. degrees in Geography and Environmental Science, a M.S. in Geography, and a graduate certificate in GIS.

The Department has research expertise in four areas: human migration and mobility, sustainable development and environmental change, urban environments and applied geospatial techniques. GW Geography faculty are highly research active and have an excellent record of collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Since 2010 geography faculty have been awarded $5.7 Mil in external grants.  GW Geography has also been a pioneer in teaching Open Source software, is a founding member of Youthmappers and established the student-led GW Humanitarian Mapping Society, which seeks to render aid and better the world through humanitarian GIS projects. In 2017, the AAG awarded Geography an Honorable Mention as a Department of Excellence.

The Department of Geography at The George Washington University is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and education through the diffusion of geographic knowledge that focuses on the relationships between the physical world and its occupation and modification by humans.

Geography is an integral part of the basic education of university students, occupying a central role in the pursuit of knowledge among complementary disciplines. Offering introductory and a wide range of advanced courses, the Geography Department faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and the incorporation of innovative methods of geographic analysis and communication.

The department believes in fostering an educational environment that introduces young scholars to the theoretical and applied aspects of contemporary and historical geography. Students in our undergraduate and graduate programs are prepared to meet the challenges of further study and professional careers in several fields.

The Department of Geography SPEAKER SERIES
Each semester the Department hosts a number of different speakers on a variety of topics relating to the field of Geography.  All are welcome to attend these exciting and intriguing talks.  The talks will take place in Corcoran Hall 207 at 4pm.

FALL 2018 
Sep 14  Dr. Matt Hannah | Universitat Bayreuth | Direction and Geographical Thought
Oct 12  Lawson Brigham | Ubiversity of Alaska, Fairbanks | The New Maritime Arctic
Oct 26  GWU Geography Faculty | Lightening talks on their own research
Nov 9   Nathaniel Lewis | University of South Hampton | LGBT Immigrant Health
Nov 30  Wes Reisser | Department of State and GWU | Book Launch: Energy Resources: From Science to Society

Jan 25   
Jessica Greybill | Colgate Univeristy | 
Feb 8   Jonathan Leib | Old Dominion University | Boasts of the Confederacy: Race, Memory and Monument Landscape Politics in Southern Virginia
Mar 1   ANNUAL DORN MCGRATH LECTURE Nisha Agarwal | Senior Advisor to the New York City Deputy Mayor and Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagemenr at GWU | Planning for Diversity and Inclusion in Cities
Apr 12   Jessica Gephart | SESYNC - Post Doc | Food Security and Fisheries

Announcing the Dorn C McGrath, Jr. Lecture Fund.  The fund will support an annual lecture from a prominent urban planner or geographer.  The intent of this lecture fund is to honor the contributions of Professor Dorn C. McGrath, Jr. and to insure a high-level discussion about planning innovations and best practices in the United States and abroad.  To donate click here.

 The Office of Sustainability has certified that the Department of Geography has met the requirements for Green Office Certification at the George Washington University and pledges to promote sustainable office behavior and practices. 


Geography News & Resources



SPRING 2019 Spatial Analysis Lab Calendar

Geography undergraduate student, Ivana Mowry-Mora, featured in GW Today on her research about DACA impact on young immigrants in Northern VA.

Geography graduate student Patrick Geiger's research providing new insights to advocate for the homeless.

Geogaphy Students and HMS featured by CCAS for Mapathons

Geography Adjunct Professor, Aswin Subanthore publised in the journal Social & Culture Geography.

Students from Humanitarian Mapping Society (HMS GW) attend and work The Oepn Data for Resilience Mapathon at World Bank.

Geography alumna Laura Smith released a video series highlighting NYC planning for economic development and affordable housing construction

Professor Declan Cullen's article, Taking Back the Wheel, on the rise of Uber and the peer-to-peer economy. 

Geography alumna Kaitlin Yarnal thrives at National Geographic

Research Prof. Tim Heleniak published a new article on Migration in Iceland titled Once Homogenous, Tiny Iceland Opens Its Doors to Immigrants

Dr. Marie Price, HMS GW and other GW Students and Alum highlighted in International Women's Day Mapping Event!

Geography Faculty and Students work in arctic featured by Columbian College: Into the Arctic.

GW Professors Nuala Cowan and Joe Dymond and Richard Hinton, GWU Spatial Analysis Lab Manager and Instructor, visit YouthMappers Leadership Workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal in Summer 2017.