Department of Geography and the Environment


The Department of Geography and the Environment is renowned for the quality and diversity of its collaborative research and curricula. We invite you to explore the disciplinary spectrum through our research clusters, initiatives, and spotlights.

Research Clusters

Research Initiatives

The Food and Farming research initiative integrates components of the Department's three major research clusters to examine food and related materials in a geographic context.

Research Spotlights

Research Spotlights highlight the ongoing research of faculty and graduate students.

Research Initiatives

Food and Farming

Eugenio Arima, William E. Doolittle, Gregory W. Knapp, and Rebecca M. Torres

Food and Farming research initiative integrates components of the Department's  three major research clusters to examine tactics and strategies of the production, distribution, preparation, and utilization of food and other useful plants and animals at a variety of scales from local to regional and global.  Faculty and student research projects have included the dynamics of agricultural and other land use in the Amazon basin, irrigation features and practices in the Southwest, Mexico, and the Andes, nontraditional export agriculture (including soybeans, quinoa and flowers), cattle ranching, the impact of roads, tourism and migration on agriculture, gendered spaces of food preparation, kitchen gardens, the persistence of smallholder farming, impact of traditional plant use on the environment, and the impact of climate change on agriculture.

Research Spotlights


Dr. Jennifer Miller

Interpreting Dynamic Animal Interactions Using GPS Data (Read More)


Dr. Edgardo Latrubesse

The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscapes and Climate in Biodiversity of the Amazon/Andean Forest (Read More)


Dr. Kenneth Young

Climate Change, People, and Mountains (Read More)


Dr. Karl Butzer

Urban Geoarchaeology and Environmental History at the Lost City of the Pyramids, Giza (Read More)


Dr. Paul C. Adams

Research and reflections on media geography- from postage stamps to videogames. (Read more) 


Dr. Carlos E. Ramos Scharrón

Cumulative Effects of Land Use on Soil Erosion and Marine Habitats- A Case Study from Western Puerto Rico (Read More)


Dr. Rebecca Torres

Rural Transformation and Latino Transnational Migration and Settlement in the U.S. South. (Read More)


Dr. Karl Butzer

Long-term environmental change research to assure a sustainable future (Read more)


Dr. Jennifer Miller

Spatial autocorrelation and species distribution models: Analyzing the effects of spatial structure, sampling strategy, statistical methods, and scale using simulated data (Read More)