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 Climate Change Adaptation Research Group

The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (CCARG) led by Dr. James Ford: The group’s research takes place at the interface between science and policy, working with Indigenous communities on climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning

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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.

Activities and Announcements

Teaching Assistantship position available

The department is seeking applicants for 1 Teaching Assistantship position for the Summer 2020 Field Studies in Physical Geography course. If you are interested in applying please fill out this form. Deadline for applying is March 13, 2020. Good Luck!

Posted February 14, 2020

Professor McKenzie to present for the Cutting Edge Lectures in Science series on Thursday

On Thursday evening (Feb. 13), Professor Grant McKenzie will be the guest speaker for McGill's Cutting Edge Lectures in Science series, held monthly in the Redpath Museum. The talk starts at 6pm and refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Posted February 9, 2020

Passing of former McGill Geographer William Kemp

We are saddened to share the news of the death of William B. Kemp (1936-2020). In his brief nine years at McGill, Bill solidified a research and advocacy relationship between the Department of Geography and the Inuit of Nunavik and Nunavut. This relationship endures to the present.  Professors Wenzel and Moore put together this obituary.

Posted January 23, 2020

Dr. Gunther Grill is leaving our department for the land of consulting

He has been with our department in the Global HydroLab for quite a few years.  He did his Ph.D. in our program and has been working with Professor Bernhard Lehner as a post-doctoral researcher and Research Associate since he completed his Ph.D.  He has been very productive, publishing over ten peer-reviewed papers.  The most recent paper in Nature, "Mapping the world’s free-flowing rivers" topped Quebec Science’s annual list of the ten most important scientific breakthroughs.  Good luck Gunther – what is Bernhard going to do without you?

Posted January 20, 2020

Winter Geospectives speaker series schedule now online

We have a great and diverse mix of speakers visiting us at McGill this semester.  You can find the abstracts for each talk on the geospectives page and each talk will be announced separately about two weeks beforehand. We hope to see many of you at these talks! (cookies and coffee will be supplied). 

Posted January 17, 2020

Wayne Pollard has been awarded  the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award

For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has pursued its mission to enhance and enrich the lives of Canadians. With a focus on medical research, the environment, and education, the Foundation aims to catalyze inquiry and innovation to bring about long-term change. As the Foundation marks its 60th anniversary, it continues to collaborate with a broad range of Canadian charities to further world-class research, explore new ideas, and create tangible benefits for the communities in which it works.

Posted December 5, 2019

Department of Geography first Faculty of Science Department to be certified a McGill sustainable workplace

Good news everyone! Our office staff has been busy this summer updating our protocols and getting the Department certified as a McGill sustainable workplace. The Department of Geography is now the first Faculty of Science Department to be certified bronze-level. The Geography Advising Office has also been certified silver-level earlier this summer. For more information on the Sustainable Workplace Certification program at McGill, visit the McGill Office of Sustainability's website here. Keep up the good work team!

Posted August 1, 2019


Professor Roulet in feature on peatland restoration in Scotland

Professor Nigel Roulet was quoted in a Nature news article this week on the topic of peat restoration in Scotland.  Professor Roulet continues to work with colleagues to investigate how peat could protect our planet.

Posted February 12, 2020

Professor Lehner and Dr. Grill featured on Radio Canada's Decouverte

Professor Bernhard Lehner and Dr. Gunther Grill’s research on world rivers was featured of Radio Canada’s Decouverte, Sunday, February 9, 2020.  Their work appears in a segment beginning at 33 minutes.

Posted February 10, 2020

McGill Geography researchers honoured in Québec Science 2019 list of top discoveries

Research from Geographers Günther Grill and Bernhard Lehner topped Québec Science’s annual list of the 10 most important scientific breakthroughs.  Along with a team of international researchers, Grill & Lehner assessed the connectivity of 12 million kilometers of rivers worldwide, providing the first-ever global assessment of the location and extent of the planet’s remaining free-flowing rivers. 

Posted January 9, 2020

McGill Geographers map world’s most detailed database of Earth’s rivers and catchments

Prof. Bernhard Lehner and his team (including 9 current or former McGill Geography students) have created a world-first high spatial resolution atlas that maps the environmental characteristics of all the globe's rivers and catchments.  HydroATLAS was co-developed by and this McGill team and Simon Linke from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute.

Posted December 10, 2019

Professor Margaret Kalacska discusses drones used for research on Découverte TV

In a recent interview, Professor Margaret Kalacska discusses the use of drones for studying biodiversity in Mer Bleue (roughly 7min 20sec in to the video).

Posted October 25, 2019

Professor Wayne Pollard to be awarded the 2019 RCGS Martin Bergmann Medal for Excellence in Arctic Leadership or Science

"Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2012, the medal recognizes achievement for "excellence in Arctic leadership or science". It celebrates "Marty" Bergmann, a public servant with an outstanding passion and talent for networking that led him to link up scientists with resources and technology. Marty also connected science (western and traditional knowledge) to policy makers and to others who could translate knowledge to action (e.g. innovators, business leaders, news-makers and authors)." - RCGS

Posted October 22, 2019