Geography Department

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The geography major addresses the “why of where” by uniting social and biophysical sciences, humanities and technology to examine the factors that make a place or environment unique. Connecting academic inquiry to real-world problem solving, you will develop critical thinking skills and be prepared to transfer classroom and field experience into a wide range of careers. With interests ranging from globalization to climate change and sustainability, urbanization to community development at home and abroad, our students gain the knowledge, techniques and perspectives needed to meet current and future challenges.

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    Tuesday, October 25, 2022
    UNH collaborates on NOAA grant to study climate change resilience of mobile homes
    The University of New Hampshire is part of a new regional collaboration to study the climate change resilience of mobile home parks in the Northeast. With $79K in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Climate Adaptation Partnerships program, the project brings together researchers from the Universities of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, as well as all three...
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    Geography Major
    Nico Mayo-Pushee ‘23 calls geography “the best medium to understand the world” because, he says, “it can look at the junction between people, place and time to paint a picture of basically any event that occurs in the world.” He found his way to the major after taking two Discovery courses that stirred an interest he had once had in the subject. One class was taught by Jennifer…
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    Geography and International Affairs Majors
    Hometown: Bow, N.H. What made you choose UNH? I am actually a transfer student and I initially went to a school in Washington, D.C., but ended up choosing UNH because I love New Hampshire and I was really interested in the…
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  • Jordan Garrett with Andrew Coppens, assistant professor of education
    Geography and Sustainability Majors
    College choice stories could be their own literary sub-genre, involving as they often do dramatic decisions and “what ifs” we never forget. Jordan Garrett had her moment of decision while driving back to her hometown of Portsmouth, N.H., after visiting a pricey university she was considering along with UNH. “As we came down Route 4 near Great Bay, I suddenly realized I simply couldn…
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    Geography Major | Aerospace Research Analyst
    What are you currently doing for work and how did you get to this point? I'm a research analyst at MinebeaMitsumi Aerospace. I perform research activities for one of the largest manufacturers of aerospace bearings in the world. These activities include compiling monthly reports for 9…
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  • photo of Megan Cooper in the Museum of Art with staff
    Art History and Geography Majors
    Megan Cooper has either attended or worked at sleepaway camps more summers of her life than not. These experiences instilled in her “a love for environments created for kids to be themselves, grow, explore, create, and gain confidence and independence.” Such a childhood can also produce the kind of person who feels at home most anywhere in the world. And in choosing to attend UNH,…
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