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Congratulations class of 2019!

Another warm day and another lovely Department of Geography Commencement ceremony! Or as Professor Dan Gavin said, there was a real net positive solar balance.  Thanks to all of those who came to cheer on our current class. And a big congratulations to everyone who graduated! Here are a few photos from the ceremony and festivities!

This is the first time we’ve ever done this photo. It will become our tradition!

Thanks to Lisa, Nyease, Haley, and Fiona in the office for all the work on ordering balloon.

Undergraduate coordinator and advisor, Leslie McLees, at the check-in table.


Geoffrey Johnson, doctoral student in Geography and Environmental Studies, is studying how climate change is affecting ocean upwelling and therefore oxygen levels in the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve near Charleston, Oregon. A recent article he co-published in the journal Estuaries and Coasts was featured in a recent issue of AroundtheO!

In recent summers, such as 2002 and 2006, areas along the Oregon coast have endured increasing upwelling in which cold, salty, nutrient-rich, low oxygen water rises from the deep ocean. While upwelling serves up nutrients that boost fishing