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Arctic Iqaluit, Nunavut

MA graduate student Sara Statham in Iqaluit, Nunavut (the southeast coast of Baffin Island), where she has undertaken fieldwork regarding food security and climate change.

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Zanzibar Africa

Undergraduate students on the Africa Field Semester gain a greater appreciation of the roles of mangrove ecosystems.

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South America Peruvian Amazon

MSc graduate student Meghan Doiron’s (on right) research focuses on understanding the information sharing networks that link ribereño households in the north-eastern Peruvian Amazon.

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Tamil Nadu Southern India

Geography and IDS Joint Honours student Stephanie Austin completing interviews regarding organic agriculture and livelihoods in Tamil Nadu.

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The Occupy Movement and the Top 1% in Canada

In a forthcoming paper to be published in Antipode, Prof. Sebastien Breau explores recent patterns of inequality in Canada, paying particular attention to changes in the characteristics of the top 1% of income earners.

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MA graduate Vicki Kyeyune tries on local ethnic minority Hmong clothing, after interviews regarding hybrid maize and food security in upland Vietnam.


A partnership between municipal employees, academics, and members of the private and non-profit sectors, Geothink is the largest grant investigating the implications of increasing two-way exchanges of locational information between citizens and their city governments. 

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Welcome to McGill Geography

Geography is the study of physical environments and human habitats. It deals with people and places. It covers issues such as global warming and climate change, food and water resources, management of ecosystems, human health, regional economic disparities, urban infrastructure, native land claims and permafrost problems. Both a physical and a social science, it provides a unique opportunity to obtain a broad exposure to modes of analyzing the many environmental and situational problems of contemporary society. Our department is based in the Faculty of Science and offers degrees at the Bachelors (B.A., B.Sc, & B.A.Sc.), Masters (M.A. & M.Sc), and Ph.D. levels.

News and Announcements

Congratulations to the Class of 2021.

Posted June 14, 2021

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advising Virtual Appointment Booking System

Students in the Department of Geography can now book virtual appointments with both the Undergraduate Advisor and the Graduate Coordinator on our online appointment booking system. Appointments are hosted on MS Teams.

Updated December 3, 2020

Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 Undergraduate Advising Syllabus

The updated edition of the Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 Undergraduate Advising Syllabus for students in Geography, Urban Studies & Sustainability Science and Society programs has now been published! You may access the document by clicking on the compass icon or the link in the text above. The Geography Advising Syllabus details the role of the advisor, how they may be of service, and what they expect of the students they advise.

Updated December 4, 2020

Black Lives Matter

The Department of Geography, McGill University firmly denounces all racism and racial violence and stands in solidarity with members of the Black community. We are deeply concerned with the violence and recent events in Canada and the US. We recognize that these events are not isolated and in Canada are situated in our country’s long history of violence against Visible Minorities and Indigenous Communities. Read our full statement here.

Posted June 4, 2020

McGill Geographer researchers publish new study in Nature on global river flow

A new study, recently published Nature, led by researchers from McGill's Geography Department found that between 51-60% of the 64 million kilometres of rivers and streams on Earth that they investigated stop flowing periodically, or run dry for part of the year. It is the first-ever empirically grounded effort to quantify the global distribution of non-perennial rivers and streams.

Posted June 17, 2021

Prof. Gail Chmura involved in paper on Natural Climate Solutions for Canada

A large team of researchers including McGill Geography Professor Gail Chmura recently published a piece in Science Advances discussing natural climate solutions for Canada

Posted June 14, 2021

Geography honours graduate awarded prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Mayumi Sato, a Geography honours graduate was recently awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship and will study the intersection between environmental, health and racial injustice in the prison industry amidst the climate crisis.

Posted May 20, 2021

2021 GGS Photography, Infographics & Multimedia Exhibit

The 2021 edition of the Geography Graduate Society's Photography, Infographics and Multimedia Exhibit is now online.  Click through to view the exhibit.
Photo Sample
Posted May 11, 2021

Geography postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sophie Comer-Warner featured in this month's AGU magazine

In the May issue of the American Geophysical Union's magazine EOS, McGill Geography postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Sophie Comer-Warner, was featured in the "Postcards from the Field" section.
Posted May 10, 2021

Study involving McGill Geographers suggests reduction in wetland areas will affect Afrotropical migratory waterbirds

Migratory waterbirds are particularly exposed to the effects of climate change at their breeding areas in the High Arctic and in Africa, according to a new study published in Bird Conservation International.  The research team included McGill Geography Professor Bernhard Lehner and colleagues.
Posted May 4, 2021
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