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).

The 2014 Arctic-FROST Annual Meeting was successfully held in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept 18-20. The theme of the meeting was "Meanings and Means of Sustainability in the Arctic". This was part of the major activities of Dr. Petrov's "Arctic-FROST" project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Petrov and graduate student - Daniel Murphy - set up a booth at the 2014 UNI Arts & Science Visit Day to meet prospective geography students.

In summer 2014, the Geography Department once again hosted the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Hyperspectral Imagine (IDREHSI) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Selected on a competitive basis, the 11 participanting students were from universities located at 10 states (CO, OK, MT, NC, RI, MI, KS, IA, VA, AR) and 1 territary (Puerto Rico) and with majors in Geosciences, Geography, Biology, GIS, and mathmatics, etc. 

To celebrete the upcoming Halloween, students from the Geography Club got together to carve pumpkins for several topics including engraving UNI and Geography and the maps of Iowa and the World. Want to see their final products? Come to the 2nd floor at ITTC. 

UNI Geography Department hosted the 2014 GIS Day Speaker Anna V. Pestereva, Aerial Services Inc., who disccused "GIS WITH OPEN MIND: Open source GIS and recent trends in geospatial technology" on Nov. 19, in ITTC 228. The talk took place at the joint Geography, UNI GTU, GeoClub and UNI ASPRS student chapter. It was also one of the major events to celebrate Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 17-22).

The Geography Department celebrated the 2014 Geography Awareness Week in Maucker Union on Nov. 18-19.

The Canadian Arctic Photography Exhibit – “Vibrant & Thriving” – at UNI was kicked off on Wednesday, February 4th in the UNI Museum space in the Rod library (1st Floor). This two-month’s long exhibit is a result of collaboration between Arctic research laboratory (ARCSES) in the Department of Geography and Foreign Affairs Canada/Consulate General in Minneapolis.

UNI and the Consulate General of Canada hosted the Canada and the US: Partners & Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability and Development symposium, which aims to educate and facilitate conversations about Arctic exploration, environmental change, sustainability, and governance.

On Mar 20, 2015, members of the Geography Club visited the Earth Resources Observation and Sicence (EROS) Center located in Garretson, SD. (L to R: Jennifer Rover (Geography alumnus),  Grant Helle, Mike Madsen, Evan Sinnott, Bingqing Liang, and Wenjie Zhao)


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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