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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

Mapathon Thurs 5/24, 5-7pm

MapxNW is holding their second Spring Mapathon on Thursday, May 24th from 5-7pm in Knight Library 144. This event is sponsored by the Department of Geography and YouthMappers, an organization run through USAID, which hosts a platform that allows chapter members to digitize and map data for NGO projects around the world.

This week’s projects will include mapping for food security, flood resilience, and humanitarian crises. The Department of Geography will also provide pizza! Anyone is welcome! You do not need any mapping skills. The MapxNW students will show you what to do!

Lucas Silva’s study of Watershed shifts and climate change featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

One of the newest faculty in Geography, Dr. Lucas Silva, has recently had a study published in the National Academy of Science that examine shifts in watersheds in response to climate change. This study, in collaboration with Toby Maxwell of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution and Will Horwath of the University of California, Davis, focused on looking at the relationships between tree species and soil properties to understand how water is moving through forest systems, in this case the Californian montane forests during the drought.

For more on this fascinating study, see the article in