Department of Geography and Geosciences

"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world." - Barack Obama

Welcome to UofL Geography!

In the coming weeks, the University of Louisville geographic information system program will introduce an app geared toward helping the city’s immigrant and refugee residents find services in and around the metro area.

The app, a product of an eight-hour hackathon on International GIS Day in November, was created by about 25 people, including students, professors, GIS professionals, UofL staff and Louisville Metro employees... Read more

graduate spotlight

Nick Potter, an M.S. graduate, is currently working as a GIS Analyst on a project called LinkNYC. The project involves constructing Wi-Fi kiosks across New York City. The kiosks usually replace existing payphones and provide free Wi-Fi- phone calls, and device charging. Nick's job consists of performing spatial analyses to determine how kiosk deployment can effectively balance providing internet access to municipal equity regions, kiosk presence in areas with high advertising value, and construction sites likely to gain fiber access and comply with city regulations. Many of the technical skills Nick uses on a daily basis are products of the Thesis process at Geography & Geosciences.

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Recent happenings in UofL Geography and Geosciences

Faculty Gaughan and Stevens publish paper with colleagues entitled, “Modelling the Changing Population Distribution: Example with the Kenyan Coast, 1962-2015” in the International Journal of Digital Earth.

Dr. Walker publishes “Legal Pluralism, Land Tenure and the Production of “Nomotropic Urban Spaces” in Post-colonial Accra, Ghana” in the Special Issue on The Spatial Dimensions of Informality: Power and Law, Geography Research Forum

Dr. Andrew Day: Modeling urban watershed runoff response for a series of storm events, Louisville, Kentucky – Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute 2016-2017 104b Student Research Enhancement Grant ($4,844).

Ariel Weaver, an M.S. candidate, is currently conducting field work in the Southern African country of Namibia. Her work is funded by a Fulbright Study Research Award and she is focusing on land-use and land-cover dynamics in rural communities as it relates to conservation and development issues.

Masters candidate Adam King is making an impact both locally through his leadership as the current GSC President at University of Louisville and internationally through his thesis research, working with call data records from mobile phones to map seasonal population movements across Bangladesh.

After attending DelphiU in the summer of 2016, MS candidate Nathan Wright is teaching an innovative online section of GEOS 200: The Global Environment.

MS candidate Garrett Seay recently presented his research "Potential for Groundwater Contamination Due to Oil Well Drilling in the Marcum Mill Karst Groundwater Basin, Metcalfe County, KY" at the 2017 Esri Water Conference. He is now working on thesis research modeling urban streams in Louisville with funding from the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute.

Geography and Geosciences

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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