[ES_JOBS_NET] Graduate program at UMBC in GES

Maggie Holland margaret.b.holland at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 13:49:25 MST 2015

The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems is a

department with an emphasis on examining the dynamic relationship between
social and

natural processes. Our Department recognizes that human-environment

encompass a wide range of political, cultural, chemical, biological,
economic, and

atmospheric phenomena, and we are committed to integrative research and

training that reflects the current complexity of environmental issues

Our faculty currently have active research and teaching agendas related to
all of these

areas. We utilize a broad range of methodological techniques that include
field and

laboratory studies, modeling, GIS and remote sensing, spatial statistics,
historical research,

ethnography, interviews, and document analysis. Our research seeks to
contribute to

cutting edge debates across the natural and social sciences, as well as
inform policy

through our empirical findings. Our program of graduate study is designed
to train

graduate students who are able to accomplish these same goals.

The Department offers graduate programs leading to the M.S  and/or Ph.D
degree. Both

non-thesis and thesis M.S. options are available. The application deadline
for Fall 2015

admission to our graduate program is February 1, 2015.  Applications can be

online through the Graduate School’s web page:


Below are answers to some questions you may have about our Department.

Are my interests a good fit for faculty at UMBC?

Our Department’s research and teaching interests encompass three primary
areas, with a

range of sub-themes.

1) Environmental  Systems

Water Resources


Ecosystem Science

Landscape Ecology

Atmospheric Science

2) Human Geography

Land Use Sustainability

Climate and Conservation Policy

Environmental Justice

Political Ecology

Historical Geography

Urban Environments

3) Geographic Information Science

 Environmental Modeling

 Land Use/Land Cover Change

 Remote Sensing of the Environment

What is graduate study at UMBC like?

Graduate students at UMBC are a small, but collegial and dynamic group. All

receive training in a common set of core courses in which they are
introduced to guiding

theories of human geography, physical geography, and environmental science.
In addition,

students receive training on research methods techniques and the art of
proposal writing.

What kind of support do students receive?

A number of teaching assistantships are available to qualified students.
These provide

tuition remission, a monthly salary, and health insurance.  Many students
are also funded

on faculty research grants, ranging from the NSF, EPA, to US Forest
Service.  Students are

also provided with dedicated office and lab space.

What other opportunities are available?

In addition to financial support, there are a number of opportunities for

collaborations through partnerships established with our Department.

 A number of our faculty have established international research programs
in Costa

Rica, Ecuador, and China.

 UMBC is the field headquarters of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, one of
only two

NSF Urban Long-term Ecological Research Sites in the country.

 The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) is
located at

UMBC. CUERE is focused on the environmental consequences of social and

environmental transformations associated with urban development.

 Geography at UMBC has a partnership with NASA’s Goddard Earth Sciences

Technology Center, and the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology
(JCET). Both

are government consortiums focusing on earth systems science and using

sensing technologies to monitor the earth’s atmosphere and surface.

 UMBC is also host to the U.S Geological Survey Water Science Center.

For more information, please visit our website: ges.umbc.edu., and contact
our graduate

program director or department chair with any questions.

Jeffrey Halverson (Jeffhalv at umbc.edu) Graduate Program Director

Department of Geography & Environmental Systems

Eugene P. (Sandy) Parker, Chair

Department of Geography & Environmental Systems

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1000 Hilltop Circle

211 Sondheim Hall

Baltimore, MD  21250

(410) 455-2002
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