UFV Geography and the Environment (GATE) offers an integrated Arts and Sciences program designed to tackle complex environmental, socio-economic, and geopolitical questions. With small class sizes, and a focus on active learning, research, and spatial techniques, GATE prepares students for careers, graduate school, and community engagement. [Read More]
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Are you interested in an Internship in Tanzania?

$1000 bursaries are available to students interested in an Iinternship (GDS 311/Geog 398) in Tanzania with digital media, GIS, grant writing and or project development skills. For more information, contact Cherie.enns@ufv.ca

GEOG 364 - International Planning and Development: Adapting to Climate Change, 4 credits, CRN 50203 AB1

  • Prerequisite(s): One of GEOG 201, 211, 240 or 242
  • When:  Early Session – May 7 – June 23, 2014
  • Days:     Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • First class: Thursday, May 8, 2014
  • Time:     1730 - 2020
  • Instructors: Lionel Pandolfo and Cherie Enns

This course explores urban and rural development strategies within the changing context of climate change, a globalized economy, technological change, demographic shifts and environmental degradation. It is intended for students interested pursuing a career in planning and development and also current professional staff from government agencies and NGOs desiring to upgrade or develop a specialism. Students will be introduced to climate change management techniques important for development planning, projects and policy. GEOG 364 poster

NEW: Early Session Course - GEOG 464 - Community Planning and Development, 4 credits, CRN 50204 AB1

Safer Communities by Environmental Design – Planning Studio to focus on homelessness, community safety and policy responses. GEOG 464 poster

  • When: May 7 – June 23, 2014
  • Prerequisite(s): One of GEOG 344, 360, 362, 364, or 440.
  • Instructor:  Cherie Enns
  • Room:  A203B (Abbotsford Campus, Building A, Crim. Boardroom)
  • Monday and Wednesday: 1700 -2020
  • Enrolment max:  16           

Follow Us on Twitter for Latest News, Job Opportunities

What's the quickest way to find out about news and events, as well as great job opportunities? Follow us on Twitter @UFVGeography! We follow multiple job postings sites and retweet those jobs opportunities that are geared towards Geography and Environment students and graduates. And don't forget about us on Facebook. Follow along as well with the Geography Undergraduate Society (GUS) as well as the UFV Urbanists @urbanUFV.

New Name, New Program Design!

You might have noticed that our program has a new banner, and our webpages, Facebook, and Twitter all have a new name. UFV Geography has become the Department of Geography and the Environment (GATE)! The new name better reflects the increasing diversity of who we are and the central role that environmental research and teaching has in our program. The program has also undergone some redesign, which should allow students more flexibility in moving through the program. For more information about the program, click here

Earthwatch Grant Provides Shupe Opportuntity to Study Streamshed Change in the Lower Mainland

Associate Professor Scott Shupe has been getting his feet wet lately--testing water and mapping watershed change. Thanks to a $42,000 grant from HSBC and the Earthwatch Program, Shupe and his research students have helping train HSBC employees to become 'citizen scientists', while also compiling a database of information on stream conditions to help Earthwatch map global water quality conditions. Find out more about the project here

                         UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Discoveries Speaker Series -  Check out the 2009-2014 Discoveries Speaker's List. The next session will be in April. Watch for details!

A Tasty Affair? Newman Explores Fruit Wines 

Associate Professor Lenore Newman has been enjoying some of the Fraser Valley's other liquid product--fruit wines! This research, which involves the work as well of UFV Agriculture student Amir Mann, is looking into the expansion of fruit wine potential. What makes a good fruit wine? Check out Lenore's article in Modern Agriculture magazine.  

Students Engage in Development Work and Travel Abroad

UFV Geography and GDS students have been involved in a multi-year project in Tanzania investigating the impacts of climate change on informal settlements in Dar es Salaam. The interns have been part of a program funded by Students for Development (SFD), in partnership with Ardhi University in Dar. This partnership, and the work of UFV students, is profiled here, in UniWorld, a publication of AUCC.

Interested in completing Travel Study or an Internship? The Mexico study tour will run from May 1-23, 2014. For more information, contact David Gibson at david.gibson@ufv.ca or Garry Fehr at garry.fehr@ufv.ca. Looking for an internship instead? Internship placements are available in Geography, Global Development Studies, and Sociology. Contact Garry Fehr at garry.fehr@ufv.ca. 

Paleoecology Gets a Day in the Digital Spotlight!

Ever wonder what happens behind the door of A311? Get an inside look at the research and activities taking place in UFV Geography's Paleoecology Lab on YouTube. Good news, you can leave your hip waders at home for this journey! 

Geography Faculty Member Featured in Canadian Geographic.

The June 2013 issue of Canadian Geographic feature story on the "Health of the Fraser River" profiles the research being done by multiple institutions on the changing Fraser basin dynamics. The article includes discussion of the UFV-Woods Hole collaboration, including work done by Steve Marsh, UFV Geography Associate Prof. Check out the story here

Are You a Social Media User? So are We!

Join us on Facebook (UFV Geography) and Twitter (@UFVGeography) for the most recent department announcements, and news of upcoming events and job opportunities. Also check out the Facebook page for the Geography Undergraduate Society (UFV GUS)! 

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