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!!!!! UNM, NMSU launch innovative new joint doctoral program in Geography !!!!!

Anothony Meluso strikes again!  

This time, Anthony chronicles GES student Jesse Sprauge and collaborate with Jesse's drone footage.  Good work guys! 

GES Major Stephen West earns Fullbright Fellowship

Geography & Environmental Studies Major Stephen West has been selected as a fullbright fellow!  You may recognize Stephen from the Spatial Compuyting Lab.  Congratulations Stephen!

Managing Sunflowers

Geography MS student Anthony Meluso takes on a filming project to bring the US Fish and Wildlife service conservation efforts to the masses. 

City Nature Challenge 2019!

City Nature Challenge

By Laurel Ladwig

The Geography and Environmental Studies Department is among the sponsors of Albuquerque's City Nature Challenge. As part of that, SAGES is mapping urban wildlife diversity in Albuquerque, and recruiting everyone on campus to take part.

This is the first year that Albuquerque is participating in the City Nature Challenge, a competition among cities to observe and report the most species. It happens over four days, April 26-29, and participants can report plants, animals, fungi, slime molds, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, and even carcasses). And you don’t just have to report from within Albuquerque; the boundary for our competition is Bernalillo County.

First, download the iNaturalist app, and then join the Abq City Nature Challenge:

Then get ready to report your observations between April 26 and 29. (And don’t worry if you can’t identify a particular species: iNaturalist can help you with that.)

After the observation window closes on April 29th, the Abq City Nature Challenge will hold a series of events around town for experts to help identify the species reported. (If you’d like to be one of the experts, send a message via Facebook to @abqcitynaturechallenge, or email There will be identification events at Explora and the UNM Draft & Table Tap Room.

The City of Albuquerque & Bernalillo County Open Space divisions are holding observation events during the four day challenge, too, and the New Mexico Herpetological Society will be leading walks around the county. Check the @abqcitynaturechallenge Facebook page or Albuquerque’s iNaturalist site: for event details in the coming weeks!

If you want to learn how to use iNaturalist before the competition begins, there will be iNaturalist training sessions at local libraries in April:

 Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:30 - noon

South Valley Library

3904 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

 Sunday, April 14th 1-2:30pm

Cherry Hills Library

6901 Barstow St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111


Monday, April 15th 6-7:30pm

Taylor Ranch Library

5700 Bogart St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Wednesday, April 24 10-11:30am

Juan Tabo Library

3407 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

To stay up-to-date, find the City Nature Challenge ABQ on Facebook and join the iNaturalist project page:

Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO), grading the data

Oaxaca Field Course Offers Students New Perspectives on Mexico

Bring Bandelier East home for the holidays!!!  

There’s good news for students and alumni who might be missing the charm of Bandelier Hall this holiday season: Our hallowed hall is featured on this year’s University of New Mexico Parent Association holiday ornament.


Each year the UNM Parent Association gets together and selects a building to appear on the keepsake ornament, explained Olivia Torres Jojola, an administrative assistant with the UNM Parent Association. “For the 2018 year, they voted to use Bandelier because of the building’s style and architectural history,” she said.


According to the press release written for UNM by Rachel Whitt:

Bandelier Hall was originally designed in 1930 as a Spanish-Pueblo Revival style building by architect Miles Brittelle. It features a Mission-inspired parapet over a nicho and a central zaguan (hallway) entry with halls leading off perpendicular to it. Bandelier has been used as a bookstore, offices and language laboratories, the registration center, and currently houses classrooms and laboratories for the Geography Department.

The building, which served as a dining hall when it opened, was named after the famous Swiss-born Adolph F.A. Bandelier, an anthropologist who brought his pioneering multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Native American cultures to the Southwest.

Bandelier Hall’s 88-year-old façade has remained largely unchanged from its original design, except for the addition of a portico in 1941.
This is the eleventh year running for the UNM ornament, which is created each year by graphic designer Jana Fothergill.
You can buy the ornament for $18.89 online or at the UNM Bookstore. All proceeds benefit the UNM Parent Association Scholarship Fund.



GIS day call for presenters!

Stem Shoutout for GES's own Dr. Yan Lin! 

GES in Mexicali

Bandelier Hall East Under Construction Spring 2018

GES in Ecuador

Busy week for GES.  Stem day at Atrisco Heritage School/ Geography Bee with moderator Chris Lippitt

GES on hand as PAÍS breaks ground

Oaxaca field school offers students a unique experience—at an affordable price


GES invited to be represented as Albuquerque joins Paris Climate Agreement

Intro to Environmental Studies heads outside in Spring 2018 


GES featured in Lobo Gardens story!