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Geography isn’t just about knowing your way around a map. 

It’s about knowing your way around our ever-changing world. 

The Department of Geography at the University of Oregon is one of the top ten geography programs in the country. We feature faculty and students researching and teaching about the cutting edge of important societal issues, such as racism, climate change, water resources, economic development, land use, conflict, migration, spatial data science, cartography, and more. We offer two major programs of study, Geography and Spatial Data Science and Technology and a minor in Geography.

The Department of Geography knows that a safe environment free of hate, violence, and discrimination is the right of every student and essential for learning to happen. Along with the rest of campus, our department recognizes and values our responsibility to protect our environment from hate and discrimination in any form. Resources are available to anyone on campus experiencing or witnessing hate or discrimination at respect.uoregon.edu/


Tea Talk Dec 5th: Michael Nelson

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Michael Nelson from Oregon State University. Nelson is the Ruth H, Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources at OSU and Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. Nelson’s research areas include integrated social and ecological systems & social science, policy, and natural resources and his research interests are philosophy and environmental ethics.

His talk, entitled “The Ecology of Surprise: Ecology &

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AroundtheO: Mule Deer map goes viral!

Congratulations to Joanna Merson and the InfoGraphics Lab for the feature in Around the O!

In the spring of 2016, a determined mule deer did something that, as far as anyone knows, no other mule deer had done before: She traveled a whopping 242 miles from southwest Wyoming to eastern Idaho in the greatest migration in recorded mule deer history.

A team of UO geographers has produced an innovative documentation of her feat so people actually do know about this impressive trek, which she’s repeated every subsequent spring, stunning the researchers tracking her journeys with a GPS collar. They

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