Dr. Dahms conducts research at a field school in Switzerland in collaboration with the University of Zurich

Brian Swedberg, ISGC Scholar and UNI Geography undergraduate, practices soldering as part of the NASA-ISGC funded INSPIRE high-altitude balloon project that engages pre-service teachers in science and geography/social science

Plasma spark from the department's Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) machine which analyzes the elemental composition of soil and other materials

Dr. Petrov and UNI Geography students receive NSF funding to participate in the 7th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences in Iceland

Dr. Owusu published a book titled "Africa, Tropical Timber, Turfs and Trade: Geographic Perspectives on Ghana's Timber Industry and Development" through Lexington Press.

UNI Geography graduate and undergraduate students presented their research at the 2014 AAG meeting in Tampa, FL.

The Geographic Alliance of Iowa (GAI) hosts regular summer workshops for K-12 educators across the state including this July 2012 at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in the Okoboji area of northwest Iowa

UNI Geography Department purchased a fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone with three cameras (RGB, NIR, and RedEdge), that is capable of collecting aerial photographs at a resolution down to 1.5 cm/pixel .

The GeoTREE and UNI Geography Department hosted a two-day ArcGIS Basics workshop for City of Waterloo employees in May 2014.

On Dec 17-18, 2013, UNI hosted the inaugural meeting of the NSF Arctic Sustainability network (Arctic-FROST).


Welcome to the Department of Geography at the University of Northern Iowa. If you are familiar with the discipline of Geography, you'll find a lot of useful information on our site. If you are new to Geography, then you might be surprised at what, and how much we do. Geography is the science of place and space. We use high-tech tools to discover and explain spatial patterns in the natural and human worlds. Geographers are active in the study of global warming, natural hazards, globalization, homeland security, rural and economic development, disease outbreaks, and much more. We still make maps, of course; but these days you aren't likely to see a geographer hunched over a drafting table. We use space-based technology and cutting-edge computer technology to create digital maps and interactive representations of the Earth and people.  If you need any additional information, please contact the department head, Dr. Patrick Pease.

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