New Undergraduate Students

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

Missed the Department of Geography Undergraduate Student Orientation? Access the slide decks here!

Access the Department of Geography Undergraduate Student Orientation slide deck, the GIC slide deck and the McGill Libraries slide deck.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle at advisor.geog [at] or book an appointment with her for immediate guidance. 

Updated October 5, 2021

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

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

Destruction of forests endangers communities through vast areas in the South American Gran Chaco

A recent study by an international team of researchers including Geography Professor Yann le Polain de Waroux,  published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that advancing agriculture threatens the livelihoods of forest-dependent people.

Posted October 26, 2021

We are hiring: Open rank professor in Anti-Black Racism Studies

The Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, McGill University, invites applications from broadly-trained scholars researching racial inequities (e.g., spatial segregation), Black Geography, critical race studies, and/or anti-Black racism, particularly in urban contexts. More details are available here: English | French.

Posted September 22, 2021

Geospectives Lecture Series Schedule

Posted September 7, 2021

Over 260,000 kilometres of rivers at risk due to proposed hydro dams

Recent work by Prof. Bernhard Lehner and the Global HydroLab finds that dams and reservoirs are the leading contributors to future loss of connectivity in free-flowing rivers around the world.

Posted August 16, 2021

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
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