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March 5, 2019

Tea Speaker Series Mar 7th: Toby Maxwell

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Dr. Toby Maxmwell, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution, for its weekly Tea Speaker Series. Toby will give a talk entitled:

From molecules to ecosystems: Using plant-soil interrelations to decipher climate change in pacts on carbon-water cycles. 

His talk will be at 4pm in Condon 106. Please join the department for tea snacks and announcements at 3:30 in Condon 108 prior to the talk!

February 12, 2019

Tea Talk Feb 4th:

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Amy Griffin. She will give a talk entitled Navigating uncertain Census estimate: Mapping experiments with urban planners.

Please join us for Tea Snacks at 3:30 pm in Condon 108, and after departmental announcements, we will then move to Condon 106 for his talk at 4:00 pm.

January 31, 2019

Tea Talk Feb 7th: Michael Watts

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Michael Watts, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography and Development Studies at UC Berkeley. He will give a talk entitled Life on the Edge: Accumulating insecurity Along Oil Frontiers.


Please join us for Tea Snacks at 3:30 pm in Condon 108, and after departmental announcements, we will then move to Chapman 220 for his talk at 4:00 pm.

Michael Watts in Emeritus Professor in Geography and in Development Studies at UC Berkeley. Central to his work is a longstanding engagement with the political economy of development, particularly in the energy and agro-food sectors in Africa. Most recently he has focused on the impact of oil in the Gulf of Guinea, especially in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, and the rise of insurgent movements.

January 24, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography

Bill Loy Award For Excellence in Cartography
Academic Year 2018–2019

The Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography is given annually to a deserving graduate or undergraduate geography student at the University of Oregon.

The award amount is $1,000.

Submission Guidelines:

Students will submit a cartographic or visualization product and a written statement.


Student must be an undergraduate majoring in Geography, or Spatial Data Science and Technology, or a Geography graduate student at the University of Oregon.

Submissions must include the following:

A 250-word statement explaining the significance of the design and clearly articulates your role in developing the product.

For printed map products, submit one printed, full-size copy of the map product, and also e-mail a PDF of the product and your statement to:

For web maps, e-mail a link to your product with your statement to:

Prints are submitted to Loy Award Committee, Department of Geography, 107 Condon Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403

Submission Deadline: May 13th, 2019

The award will be announced during spring term.


Amy Lobben,
James E. Meacham,


January 15, 2019

Tea Talk: UO Provost Jayanth Banavar

This week’s Tea Speaker Series starts off the Winter term with UO Provost and Senior Vice President, and physicist, Jayanath Banavar. He will give a talk called Geometry of Nature. We are very excited to welcome Provost Banavar to our department!

Please join us for Tea Snacks at 3:30 in Condon 108, and after departmental announcements, we will then move to Condon 106 to hear Dr. Banavar’s talk.

November 21, 2018

Tues, Nov 27th: Stories of the Atlas of Wildlife Migrations


Tuesday, November 27th, at 6:30 pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room the authors, cartographers, and biologists who  developed the Atlas of Wildlife Migrations will be sharing several stories of Yellowstone and Wyoming Big Game Migrations. Please come celebrate the release of this beautiful book, created in our very own InfoGraphics Lab.

We hope you can attend. Please share widely to help this celebration!.

November 7, 2018

InfoGraphics 30th anniversary party!

Join  The InfoGraphics Lab for a celebration of their 30th anniversary Thursday, November 8th at 3:30pm in the InfoGraphics Lab, Condon 163. There will be snacks and at 4pm, there will announcements and celebrations!

The InfoGraphics Lab is a mapping and geospatial technology facility housed in the Department of Geography (163 Condon Hall). We serve the Department and the University community of faculty, staff, and students; and the State of Oregon through the application of innovative geospatial technologies, cartographic design, and geographic information science. We support research, instruction, and public service activities at the University.

Our primary areas of expertise include:
Cartography and Data Visualization
Geospatial Analysis (GIS)
Atlas Design
Campus Mapping
Application Development
Consulting for Faculty Research Proposal Development
October 30, 2018

Tea Speaker Series Nov 1st: Elizabeth Marino

Please join the Department of Geography for its weekly Tea Speaker Series on Thursday, November 1st at 4:00pm. Elizabeth Marino, Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University-Cascades“ will give a talk entitled:

A Long History of Climate Change, A Narrow Window of Justice

This talk will be in Knight Library 101

Join the geography community for snacks and announcements in Condon 108 before the talk.

October 9, 2018

Alumni Panel and Workshop, Oct 17th

Join the Department of Geography

Alumni Panel & Workshop

Join UO Geography Bachelors and Masters alumni as they talk about their journeys and realities post-graduation during their search for a careers. These graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers that may not be considered ‘geography job.’ They were chosen to represent a variety of pathways and stories, to show the diversity of options and opportunities available to you, and to highlight the role in networking and the ability to take advantage of opportunity in your career development.

Come hear their experiences and connect with them!

When: Wednesday, Oct 17th, HEDCO 146
2:30-3:30pm: Alumni panel and discussion
4:00-5:00pm: Workshop with the pros

What to expect: Fun, a relaxed atmosphere, and insights!

UO Geography Alumni panelists:

Kevin Barrett, BA 2010, is based in Springfield, and is the founder and Owner of Swallowtail Spirits.

Arron Cobb, BS 2015, is based in Eugene and has recently entered the Planning, Public Policy and Management graduate program at UO. He worked as an Operations and Policy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Human Services in the Medicaid Section, more commonly known as the Oregon Health Plan.

Maylian Pak, MA 2005, is based in Eugene and currently works as a donor relations officer for the Oregon Community Foundation.

Julie Stringham, BS 2016, is based in Portland and is a Geospatial Developer at Portland metro.

Derek Watkins, MA 2012, is based in Portland and currently works as a graphics editor for the New York Times.


July 16, 2018

Geography hosts its first Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL)

The SAIL Program offers a fantastic experience for local-area high school students from under-represented backgrounds to come to campus and participate in a week-long programs that are fun interactive, and engaging. This year Geography will host its first SAIL program July 23rd – 28th, which will include activities that ask students to reflect on how we understand places, a mapathon, a GPS scavenger hunt, an urban geography scavenger hunt, lessons on using online platforms to make maps, a field trip to the Willamette River to study fluvial processes, and more!

27 students have chosen to participate in the Place Matters: Geography program. These are all students from under-represented background, including first generation students and minority students, and the program is free. Several Geography majors and gradaute students are assisting in the program. We’re excited to expose high school students who may be at UO in the next couple of years to what we do, and show that that place matters and geography matters! Learn more about the program and the opportunities it provides to students (including scholarship opportunities and more!) on the UO SAIL website.

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