Department of Geography & Environment

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Welcome to the Department of Geography & Environment

Geography deals with some of the most exciting issues on Earth. It studies the interaction between human beings and the global environment and the resulting problems and opportunities. The Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge offers a unique multidisciplinary experience by combining the fields of archaeology, environmental science, and geography into one department.

Students have the opportunity to study in areas such as archaeology, environmental science, human geography, physical geography, remote sensing, and urban & regional studies. We also offer a concentration in geographical information science (GIS) and combined or multidisciplinary degrees. Click on the icons above for more information about our programs.

Indigenization Statement

We acknowledge that we live and work in Treaty 7, the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi, and in Métis Region 3. 

We also acknowledge the role that geographical disciplines and their practitioners have played and continue to play in the dispossession and genocide of Indigenous peoples, here and around the world. With this awareness, we strive to increase our understanding and inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing and their contributions in our departmental practices. Our department is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive future.

Department Highlights

Monitoring equipment at the base of a mountain

Health of water resources on Alberta’s Eastern Slopes the focus of new University of Lethbridge-led project

Alberta’s Eastern Slopes are changing, and with land use practices under increasing pressure, it’s imperative policy makers fully understand the relationship between snowpack and downstream river runoff in managing our water resources.

A new project, headed by principal investigator Dr. Chris Hopkinson of the University of Lethbridge and funded by Alberta Innovates, will partner academics with the public and private sector to develop innovative data and technology workflows to better understand and monitor the conditions of Alberta's Eastern Slopes vegetation and snowpack resources.

“Mountains are incredibly valuable to us, not just for their easy access to natural resources or as indicators of environmental change, but also for their recreational and spiritual values,” says Hopkinson, a researcher in the Department of Geography & Environment and the Advanced Resolution Terradynamics Monitoring System Laboratory (ARTEMIS). “More than anything, they are the source of our most critical resource — water.”

Pine beetle study will help guide forest management

University of Lethbridge researchers will help quantify the fuel load in Alberta forests affected by the mountain pine beetle, thanks to a Mitacs Accelerate grant in partnership with fRI Research worth $180,000.

Drs. Laura Chasmer and Chris Hopkinson, professors in the Department of Geography and Environment, have partnered with fRI Research, an Alberta-based, not-for-profit organization that that conducts research to improve land and resource management, to collaborate on the creation of a 3-D map to illustrate the distribution of fire fuels in Jasper National Park. Using data from terrestrial and airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scans, two interns, Dr. Zhouxin Xi, a post-doctoral fellow, and Saeid Parsian, a graduate student, will work on the project for two years, with half of their stipend being paid by Mitacs.

Tree burned by wildfire

Kenow Wildfire study shows burning soil biomass led to significant carbon dioxide release to atmosphere

Approaching the four-year anniversary of the Kenow Wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park, a new study by University of Lethbridge undergraduate student Sam Gerrand sheds light on how much carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere from the event and how this data may be utilized going forward.  Gerrand, who’s finishing his fourth year of study in geography, recently had his paper, Partitioning losses from fire combustion in a montane valley, Alberta Canada, published in the Forest Ecology and Management journal.

Q&A with Shining Graduate Alyssa No Runner (Ahkoiinnimakii)

Participating in research as an undergraduate student allowed Alyssa No Runner (Ahkoiinnimakii) (BSc '22) to learn about ways to educate the academic and non-indigenous community on Indigenous culture.

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Meeting of the Minds 2022: Images of Research

Images of Research highlights ULethbridge graduate students' work. With a remarkable breadth and depth of research, submissions to the photography competition includes fascinating imagery few people have the opportunity to enjoy otherwise.

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Dr. Laura Chasmer

“By working together in a group, we are better equipped to solve the World's biggest problems than by trying to solve them on our own.”

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