Geography & Planning


Connection to Sustainability: Includes fields of Human Geography, Physical Geography, Geographic Information Science and Planning; Geography seeks to understand the spatial interactions between humans and the earth; Planning applies sustainable practices in building transportation systems, urban spaces, greenways, to encourage economic development, and build resilient communities.

Teaching: Physical Geography (humans and the environment); World Regional Geography; Global Change of the Biosphere; Geography of Latin America; Environmental Issues in Appalachia; Geography of the American South; GIS courses, Remote Sensing, everything in the Planning Curriculum .

Research: NSF sponsored research related to climate change and how glacial recession impacts water systems in Peru and Bolivia; Research in New Orleans surrounding Mardi Gras Indians and their cultural survival; Public transportation systems; Economic Development, Water systems, flooding, stream flow and temperature; Using tree rings to assess climate change and periods of past drought; Critiques of development.

Student Engagement and Outreach Activities: Students are involved with research projects; Student internships include work with land trusts and conservation associations; town, city and regional planning associations; major software developer; private industries. An ongoing outreach project brings local teachers to the Andes to study climate change and glacial recession. We oversee the North Carolina Geographic Alliance, funded by National Geographic, it provides high quality instructional resources to geography teachers throughout the state.