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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 Speaker May 31st: Mary Wood, UO Law

Join us for our final Tea of the year with Dr. Mary Wood, the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. Her talk is entitled: “Juliana v. United States: The public trust principle and the global climate emergency.”  Her talk will focus on the current case being brought against the US government by several students in Eugene, which uses the public trust principle to assert that through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s

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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

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