The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies is one of UNM’s most vibrant academic departments. Our award-winning faculty teaches engaging classes to undergraduate and graduate students studying GIScience, spatial analysis, legal geography, environmental policy and management, historical geography, and cartography, among other topics. We engage both graduate and undergraduate students in high-impact research here in the Southwest and throughout the world, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Atlantic World. Our door is always open, and we welcome prospective students and collaborators to visit our department — either virtually or in person — to explore how you can become a part of UNM Geography & Environmental Studies. News updates and events announcements are posted frequently, so we hope to see you here again soon.

Department News

Our own Su Zhang, who also pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering, has just been awarded a Dean’s Dissertation Scholarship for the coming year. Please join me in congratulating Su on this well deserved recognition of his innovative research and hard work. Congratulations Su!

Welcome back! Dr. Constantine Hadjilambrinos is back in Albuquerque after his six-month sabbatical in Greece, where he conducted research on energy policy and management.

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Lippitt, who received a $172K grant from the National Science Foundation for research on: “Optimization of Remote Sensing Networks for Time-Sensitive Detection of Fine Scale Damage to Critical Insfrastructure.” This is part of a collaboration with geographers at San Diego State University, totaling $535K over two years.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies welcomes Dr. Maria Lane as the new department chair. Feel free to stop by her office in Bandelier West 103.

Thank you to Dr. Scott Freundschuh, who just completed four years as department chair. Scott will spend Fall 2014 on a semester-long leave to focus on his spatial cognition research.

Congratulations to Dr. Caitlin Lippitt, who received a $50,000 equipment grant from UNM’s Office of the Vice President for Research for the purchase of a full-range field spectrometer and associated software. The spectrometer will be a valuable research and teaching tool for faculty and students in our department as well as for research collaborations with other departments on campus.

Events Fall 2014

Friday, August 15, 11am-4pm
Orientation for New Grad Students: Meet in Bandelier 106, bring money for lunch
Friday, August 15, 5:30-8pm
Welcome Party & Alumni Reunion: refer to email for details