News and Events

This summer, the Department of Geographical Sciences will be offering weekend workshops on current advances in GIS. The workshop sequence at the UMD Center for... Read more
"The story of climate change is closely tied to that of the carbon cycle. The increasing amounts of carbon dioxide hanging in our atmosphere — as... Read more
The Department of Geographical Sciences, and Dr. Matt Hansen, were mentioned in an article entitled, "Google-powered map helps fight deforestation."... Read more
On Thursday, March 12, 2015, GEOG Professor George Hurtt gives a keynote entitled, "Frontiers in Terrestrial Ecosystem Science" at the Hirshhorn... Read more
Name: Nikolajs TimrotsYear of graduation: 2014Major: GIS Current employment status:Employer: Prince George’s County Government, Department of Public... Read more
1)  What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?Majoring in Geographical Sciences with concentration in Development and... Read more
A new study published in Science shows that Brazil’s soy moratorium dramatically reduced Amazon deforestation. The moratorium established in... Read more
Feb 19 Featured by professors, visiting scholars and students from countries around the world, the Department of Geographical Sciences (GEOG) is always endeavoring to... Read more
Kalman filter to produce complete time series of medium resolution remote sensing images Department Professors Fernando Sedano and George Hurtt together with Pieter Kempeneers from the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) published... Read more
Feb 5 Dr. Waite will speak on the topic, "Developing a Teaching and Learning Philosphy," this afternoon at 3:30. Dr. Waite says, "One of the most... Read more
Name: Shelby JonesYear of graduation: May 2014Major: Geographical Sciences Did you/do you attend graduate school? If so:School: University of Maryland,... Read more
Modibo HaidaraI was born in West Africa, Mali to be specific. My family and I moved to the United States in 2001. I am pursuing a double degree in GIS and... Read more
NASA is currently accepting applications for it's DEVELOP Program - the last day to apply for the summer term is February 27th, 2015. Positions are... Read more
Alexandra C Rodriguez Year of graduation: 2014Major: Geographical Sciences - GISMinor: Spanish Language and Cultures Current employment status:... Read more
Laura Garvie Background:1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?Majors: Geographical Sciences – Development and... Read more
On December 10, 2014, National satellite-based humid tropical forest change assessment in Peru in support of REDD+ implementation was published in... Read more
Moustafa MohamedYear of graduation: 2012Major: Geographic Information Systems Current employment status:Employer: Leidos IncPosition: ... Read more
Elvis Herrera Background:1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD? I am senior majoring in GIS.2) What are your... Read more
Nov 19 On November 19th, the Department of Geographical Sciences will honor International GIS Day, which falls on the Wednesday of National Geographic's Geography... Read more
High performance computing will be used to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address the most challenging and demanding... Read more
Joseph Ruiz Background:1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD? I am majoring in GIS2) What are your interests within... Read more
Name: Carter RayYear of graduation: Dec. 2013Major: Geographic Information Science – GIS/Computer Cartography Current employment status:•... Read more
A recent Washington Post article on education features the unique possibilities for students and researchers generated by partnership between the University of... Read more
Check out our Winter 2015 schedule of classes, which includes both regular and online courses!  Registration begins October 28th.  Contact geog-... Read more
Department Professor George Hurtt lead the report entitled, "NASA Carbon Monitoring System: Prototype Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Progress... Read more
On October 27, 2014, GEOG Professor George Hurtt gave a talk entitled, "Frontiers in Integrated Terrestrial Carbon, Land-use and Climate Science," at... Read more
Dr. George Hurtt particpated in the Terrestrial Ecology, Carbon Cycle, Land Use and Biodiversity (TECLUB) workshop, and gave a talk entitled, "... Read more
Nov 11 Dr. Martha Geores will speak on the topic “What If ‘Rural’ Were an Ethnicity and Protected Class?”  on Tuesday, 11 November, at 12... Read more
GEOG's 2014 Career Fair will take place on Friday, October 24th, in room 1124 LeFrak Hall and is geared towards Geography, GIS and ENSP students. ... Read more
Ph.D student Danxia Song, Dr. Chengquan Huang, Dr. Joseph Sexton, Saurabh Channan, Dr. Min Feng and Dr. John Townshend published a paper entitled, “Use... Read more
GEOG graduate student Laura Duncanson has been awarded a post doctoral fellowship through NASA’s Postdoctoral Program (NPP). NPP supports NASA’s... Read more
Name: Roberto Rosales Year of graduation: 2013 Major: Geographical Sciences Concentration: Human Geography Current employment status: • Employer: U... Read more
Background: 1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?My name is Abigail Stephens, and I am a senior Geography major, GIS... Read more
On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, the Division of Research honored the UMD Research Leaders by recognizing their achievements at the 16th Annual... Read more
Dr. Chengquan Huang’s project entitled, “Role of Forest Disturbance and Regrowth in the U.S. Carbon Budget,” has been selected for funding by... Read more
GEOG Professor Laixiang Sun  was interviewed in an article entitled, "Water Consupmtion: A Canal Too Far," which was published in the... Read more
Name: Alexandra ZablotnyYear of graduation: December 2013Major: GISMinor: Terrorism StudiesCurrent employment status:·     Employer: U.S.... Read more
I am a University of Maryland-College Park (UMCP) senior, majoring in geography with an expected graduation in December 2014.  I am interested in human... Read more
The Geosimulation Research Laboratory has been awarded five new grants to advance its work on geographic information science.The first, a $300,000 award from... Read more
Assistant Professor Julie Silva (PI) and Research Assistant Professor Fernando Sedona (Co-PI) were awarded a NSF grant to Investigate the Dynamic Interactions... Read more
crop rotation accuracy Ritvik Sahajpal, César Izaurralde and George Hurtt along with colleagues from JGCRI and MSU, published an article entitled 'Identifying representative... Read more
On Thursday August 21, 2014, the Geographical Sciences Department welcomed the Fall 2014 cohort. We had a great turn out! Students learned about the program... Read more
Vincent Bergamo Vincent Bergamo August Undergraduate of the Month1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?2) What are your interests within your... Read more
Name: Chris SusioYear of graduation: Spring 2010Major: Geography/Government & PoliticsMinor: GIS Current employment status:·   ... Read more
George Hurtt was co-chair of the workshop entitled, "Experimental Design for CMIP6: Aerosols, Land Use, and Future Scenarios" held at the Aspen... Read more
Third year PhD candidate Michael Strong was recently awarded a Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Sciences Foundation.  Michael will receive... Read more
Jonathan Resop GEOG Lecturer, Jonathan Resop, along with faculty in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, recently published a manuscript in the... Read more
On July 7th an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Vietnam National University (Hanoi) and the University of Maryland was signed by VNU President ... Read more
Rising junior and Geographical Sciences major Kevin Mooney is named to the 2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Baseball Team.Click on the link below to... Read more
Name: Jamie L. WormsYear of graduation: 2006 from UMD: BS Honors in GeographyYear of graduation: 2009 from GWU: MA in GeographyMajor: Geography  Minor:... Read more
Brady Woods1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?I am the Geographic Sciences: GIS and Computer Cartography major and the... Read more
Name: Akiko EldersYear of graduation: M.A. in 2010Major: GeographyCurrent employment status: Graduate Research Assistant at George Mason UniversityGraduate... Read more
Klaus Hubacek has been awarded a visiting guest professorship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Second year Ph.D. student Amanda Hoffman-Hall was recently awarded a Pre-Candidacy Dean’s Research Initiative grant from the College of Behavioral and... Read more
Sara ReedyMajor: Environmental Science and Policy: Marine and Coastal ManagementMinor: Sustainability StudiesSara is interested in the science and policy of... Read more GEOG Lecturer, Jonathan Resop, along with scientists at the USDA-ARS Crop Systems and Global Change Lab, recently published a manuscript in the January-... Read more
GEOG graduate student Ashley Enrici was recently awarded the Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014/2015 academic year.  This... Read more
Apr 26 GEOG will be hosting a booth at the 2014 Maryland Day celebration, so please come out and join us!  There will be games, prizes and lots of food!  ... Read more
On April 9th, 2014, third year PhD student, Joanne Hall, participated in the Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID). GRID provides an on-campus opportunity... Read more
Department of Geographical Sciences PhD candidate Wenli Huang was recently awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship by the University of Maryland... Read more
Apr 17 Andrew Crooks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational Social Science at George Mason University. His research interests relate to... Read more
Name: Katie McGaughey Year of graduation: 2010 Major: ENSP & GEOG   Current employment status: Employer: University of Maryland  ... Read more
Fuad Saif   Year of Graduation: 2011   Major: GIS and Computer Cartography   Current Employment status: Full-time USAID Position:... Read more
Nick Canada   Major: Geographical Sciences, w/ a focus in GIS   Nick spent two semesters at Arizona State University and a semester at UMD... Read more
Apr 3 Dr. Zhu Liu is a joint Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and the Energy Technology Innovation Policy project... Read more
An article, "Building pipelines to knowledge," published April 1st in UMD's Diamondback newspaper features members of the Department's Geography Club... Read more
A project entitled, “Assessment of North American Industrial Forests: Disturbances, Biomass Extraction, and Growth Vigor,” was recently selected for funding by... Read more
The deadline for both the Bob Harper and Alumni Writing Awards is this Friday, 28 March.  Any GEOG undergraduate may enter, and the papers need not be... Read more
Come check out the Geographical Sciences Spring Career Fair Friday, April 4th, 2013 from 9:30 - 12:30 in 1124 Lefrak Hall!  We look forward to seeing you... Read more
Mar 13 This Thursday, 13 March, Dr. Eunjee Lee, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Kennedy School, will speak on "An... Read more
2014-03-05 12:18 Alysha Heckman   1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?. I am completing a dual degree in Geographic Information... Read more
GEOG Seminar Series: Dr. Julie Silva will speak this Thursday, 6 March Mar 6 Dr. Julie Silva, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, will speak at our Department Seminar Series this... Read more
2014-02-26 13:49 Dr. Janet Nackoney, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences, along with Giuseppe Molinario, Peter Potapov, Svetlana... Read more
GEOG Seminar Series: Recent Trends & Potential Future Trajectories in Arctic Water & Carbon Cycles Under a Warming Climate, Dr. Michael Rawlins Feb 28 This Thursday, 27 February, Dr. Michael Rawlins, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, will offer a... Read more
Seminar Series this Thursday: Dr. Robert Kennedy, Dept. of Earth & Environment, Boston University Feb 21 Dr. Robert Kennedy, Assistant Professor in the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University will speak this Thursday, February 20th, from 3:30 – 5:00... Read more
2014-02-06 13:54 Gene (as he was known in the Department) passed on 1 February 2014.  A graduate of the University of Maryland, he served as Geography Department Chair at... Read more
2014-02-11 13:04 On January 31, 2014, the University of Maryland's Council on the Environment awarded the following seed grants to:   Klaus Hubacek and Laixiang Sun,... Read more
2014-02-11 09:42 Third year PhD student "Tony" Dong Chen won the Outstanding Student Paper Award under the Global Environmental Change category at the 2013 American Geophysical... Read more
2014-02-04 15:45 In January 2014, graduate student, Kristofer Lasko and research associate professor, Dr. Krishna Vadrevu, published a paper entitled, "Fire regimes and... Read more
Matthew Norman Year of graduation: 2013 Major: Geographical Sciences Minor: Geographic Information Systems Current employment status: ·   ... Read more
2014-01-29 11:45 Thomas Edward Carter   I am currently working on a degree in Geographic Information Sciences at UMD. I am mainly interested in the social aspects of GIS... Read more
Jan 31 To honor this year's Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival and Chinese New Year, the Department of Geographical Sciences will hold a multi-cultural... Read more
2014-01-28 12:44 Abstract:   The first Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) was launched in October 2011 aboard the Suomi-National Polar-orbiting... Read more
2014-01-23 09:15 Dr. George Hurtt has been appointed Guest Editor of a new special section of the international journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles entitled, "Global Land-Use... Read more
Surface albedo changes over the entire Greenland from GLASS data in July Drs. Tao He, Shunlin Liang, Dongdong Wang, and collaborators Drs. Yunyue Yu (NOAA), Feng Gao (USDA), and Qiang Liu (Beijing Normal University) ... Read more
2014-01-06 12:53 Ph.D Student Xiaopeng Song, Dr. Chengquan Huang, Dr. Min Feng, Dr. Joseph Sexton, Saurabh Channan and BSOS Dean, Dr. John Townshend recently published a paper... Read more
2013-12-23 12:59 First year PhD student and Flagship Fellow, Ana Sanchez-Rivera, won the Best Student Paper Award at the Applied Geography Conference in November 2013. The... Read more
2013-12-18 17:24 Name: Roberto E. Ramirez Year of graduation: 2000 Major: Environmental Science and Policy – Land Use   Current employment status: Employer:... Read more
Full Name: Megan Eileen Bartlett   What major(s), minors, and/or certificates are you working on at UMD? Bachelors in Geographical Information Science... Read more
2013-11-26 10:10 Professor Klaus Hubacek's co-edits appeared in a special issue on "Ecosystem Services, Governance and Stakeholder Participation" in the journal Ecology &... Read more
2013-12-05 12:20 GEOG Research Assistant Professor, Janet Nackoney (et al.), was recently published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.  The article, entitled "... Read more
2013-12-04 13:10 GEOG Research Associate Professor, Wilfrid Schroeder, co-authored a paper with National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) colleague Janice Coen.  The... Read more
2013-12-03 13:17 GEOG PhD student, Fernando Rodriguez, was selected as a 2013-2014 International Teaching Fellow by UMD's Center for Teaching Excellence. "The CTE-Graduate... Read more
2013-11-26 10:03 GEOG Lecturer Dr. Ronald Luna was recently selected as an Honored Instructor by UMD's Transfer2Terp Learning Community for making a positive impact on... Read more
2013-11-25 15:04 This book describes the algorithms, validation and preliminary analysis of the Global LAnd Surface Satellite (GLASS) products, a long-term, high-quality... Read more
Deforestation in the Amazon. Credits: © Louise Chini, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences, contributed land-use data to the recent Global Carbon Budget (2013) and... Read more
2013-11-21 14:52 On Thursday, 14 November 2013, the Division of Research honored the research leaders of UMD by recognizing their achievements at the 15th Annual Research... Read more
GIS Day Seminar: Spatial Is Not Special, Spatial SQL: A Language for Geographers Nov 21 This talk, offered by Dr. Arthur J. Lembo, Associate Professor at Salisbury University, will emphasize the power of spatial SQL by showing the principles... Read more
Geographical Sciences Career and Internship Fair 2013 Nov 1 Bring your updated resumes and dress business-casual!   For additional information, please click here.  
2013-10-09 12:45 GEOG Professor, Dr. Shunlin Liang, co-edited the book, "Land Surface Observation, Modeling and Data Assimilation," which will be published by World Scientific... Read more
Dr. Tao Sun, Director of Chinese National Desertification Monitoring Center, will speak this week Sep 26 Dr. Tao Sun, Director of China's National Desertification Monitoring Center (State Forestry Administration) will discuss the following:   The Chinese... Read more
Dr. Maria Teresa Alvarez- Martinez of Rutgers University to speak at GEOG Seminar Series this week Sep 26 Dr. Maria Teresa Alvarez- Martinez, a postdoctoral researcher at Rutgers School of Planning and Public Policy, will speak on Gaming, States and Tax Revenues –... Read more
A Discussion with Dr. John Flynn: USAID CARPE, Leading the international effort for land use planning in the Congo Basin Sep 4 Dr. John Flynn was the Director of USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment ( from 2003-2012, based in Kinshasa, Democratic... Read more
MPSGIS Orientation Aug 24 Orientation: MPS of Geospatial Information Sciences Program Come meet your instructors and administration with food!  
Dr. Kenneth Leonard of UMD's Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics to speak at Human Dimensions of Global Change Seminar May 2 Dr. Kenneth Leonard, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UMD, will discuss the topic, "Improving health... Read more
Dr. Janis Brizga to speak at Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Apr 25 Please join us at the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Seminar Series to hear Dr. Janis Brizga discuss 'Drivers of CO2 Emissions in... Read more