Latest Research & News

Drawing a Line in the Sand

Posted on 08/29/2019 | Gavin Good, College of LAS
Sand is an important natural resource that is being critically mismanaged, according to a piece featured in Nature magazine this month by Jim Best, the Jack and Richard Threet Professor of Sedimentary Geology and professor of geography and geographic information science, and his colleagues.

Getting more Girls into Geoscience

Posted on 08/29/2019 | Gavin Good, College of LAS
Aida Guhlincozzi and Julia Cisneros, graduate students in GGIS and Geology, led a Summer 2019 geoscience camp for girls on August 12-13 at NHB and on the Engineering Quad. 30 campers from local middle schools came to campus for two days of weather balloon launches, volcano demonstrations, drone flights, and other experiments and lessons in geoscience, including a live Skype discussion with NASA scientists.

Introducing CS+GGIS, a new Bachelor of Science degree in LAS!

Posted on 02/05/2019 | Matt Cohn
Everything happens somewhere, and Illinois is the national leader in CyberGIS -- the use of high-performance, large-scale computing to answer geospatial questions. Students in CS + Geography & Geographic Information Science will not only develop advanced programming skills to deal with geospatial data, but also create new methods and tools to analyze that data.

Campus Land Acknowledgement Statements Recognize Native Land History

Posted on 11/05/2018 | Tom Bassett, Professor Emeritus
On July 26, 2018, Chancellor Robert Jones of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign made Native land history a campus wide topic. His office issued a Land Acknowledgement Statement, which formally recognizes Native Americans as the historical custodians of the land on which the campus is located.

New Pacific Northwest Field Course Explores Geomorphology, Landscape Evolution, and Watershed Management

Posted on 10/04/2018 | Profs. Jim Best and Piotr Cienciala
From Mountains to the Sea: Watershed Science and Management in the Coastal Pacific Northwest, our department’s first field course in many years, provided students with a unique opportunity to explore stunning geomorphological landscapes, learn state-of-the-art field techniques, and consider the applications of these techniques to hazard assessment, landscape management, and infrastructure planning.
Dr. Cienciala and geology undergraduate McKailey Sabaj

The War in Ukraine is More Devastating than You Know

Posted on 10/04/2018 | Cynthia Buckley, Ralph Clem, Jarod Fox and Erik Herron
Ukraine Map

AAG Recognizes Prof. Kwan for Creativity in Geography

Posted on 09/05/2018 | Matt Cohn
Mei-Po Kwan, a professor of geography and geographic information science, has received the American Association of Geographers (AAG)’s Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography. This award honors individuals who establish new methods and vocabulary for geographic research, and cultivate a deeper understanding of human/environment relations at local or global scales.

Prof Bruce Rhoads Elected AAG Fellow

Posted on 08/02/2018 | Matt Cohn

GIS Day 2017 Poster and Web Map Awards

Posted on 11/29/2017 | Matt Cohn
Geography & GIS hosted GIS Day 2017 in the Natural History Building's SESE Core on Thursday, November 16th. It was a great success, with over 20 student posters on display. Students also submitted dynamic web maps, available to view on the GIS Day website.

PhD Student Arrianna Planey Selected as RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar

Posted on 10/11/2017 | Matt Cohn
Geography & GIS PhD student Arrianna Planey has been selected as a Health Policy Research Scholar. This leadership development program, established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will support Planey’s dissertation research, which uses mixed methods to examine how healthcare policy influences providers’ location decisions across the United States, thus affecting healthcare service availability to consumers.

Undergraduate Major Steven Chang Applies GIS Skills during Summer Internship in NYC

Posted on 09/07/2017 | Steven Chang
For the past two months, and continuing through mid-late August, I have been interning at Metro-North Railroad Company, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) based in New York City.

Greetings from the Natural History Building!

Posted on 07/05/2017 | Matt Cohn
The Department of Geography & GIScience is thrilled to announce that we have officially moved into the beautifully renovated Natural History Building (NHB)!

March 10th Political Ecology Symposium to Honor Professor Thomas Bassett

Posted on 03/02/2017 | Charles Fogelman and Matt Cohn
Professor Thomas Bassett is retiring after more than three decades of research, teaching, and service at the University of Illinois. On Friday, March 10th, the Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science and the Center for African Studies are holding a symposium in his honor:

Professional Master's Students Earn Awards and an Internship at GIS Day 2016

Posted on 12/22/2016 | Matt Cohn
Dale Lee and Xu Li won awards for their Poster Map Competition submissions, and Fikriyah Winata gave a practical presentation on the ArcGIS app Survey123.

Professor Sivapalan Receives Alfred Wegener Medal from European Geosciences Union

Posted on 12/06/2016 | Matt Cohn
Sivapalan recognized for exceptional international standing in his field.

GIS Day 2016 - Tuesday, November 15th

Posted on 10/26/2016 | Matt Cohn
GIS Day 2016 will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. It will feature practical GIS presentations, lightning talks focused on GIS implementation strategies, a map/poster competition, and a late afternoon career connection session for students and employers.

Dr. Mei-Po Kwan Awarded 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship

Posted on 04/15/2016 | Matt Cohn
Mei-Po Kwan, a professor of geography and geographic information, has made ground-breaking contributions to the discipline of geography in fields spanning environmental health, sustainable cities, human mobility, socio-economic issues in cities, and geographic information science. As noted in a recent award citation: “One of the defining characteristics of her research is that it transcends and eschews boundaries and divides, both within our discipline and between geography and other disciplines.”
Dr. Mei-Po Kwan

Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program in Geographic Information Science!

Posted on 10/20/2015

Capturing cutting-edge geospatial technologies to market and provide real-time information to consumers and businesses is the core of the Geographic Information Science program. Geospatial technologies, ranging from GPS-enabled devices to satellite systems and imagery are an integral part of our interconnected world, and are applied in a wide range of industries including agriculture, healthcare, energy, and transportation.

Image: Dr. Mei-Po Kwan

The Natural History Building: Setting the Stage for 21st Century Learning

Posted on 10/06/2015
When the renovation is complete, all programs within the School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE)—which includes the departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography and Geographic Information Science, and Geology—will be brought together under one roof for the first time.

Prof. Bruce Rhoads & Ph.D. Student Quinn Lewis Explore Braided River in Italian Alps

Posted on 10/06/2015 | Quinn Lewis

Between July 27th – August 4th, 2015 Prof. Bruce Rhoads and Quinn Lewis travelled to the Tagliamento River in the Forgaria Nel Friuli region of Italy, which is about one hour NE of Venice. On their trip, they visited with Dr. Alexander Sukhodolov, a researcher at Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany, and his research team. The trip facilitated collaborative work involving mixing at, and downstream of, river confluences.

Tagliamento River confluence, Italy