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Geography and Environmental Sustainability


We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.

Our mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems.

DGES is telecommuting and will not have regular office hours during this time. All staff are available via email

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Geography Awareness Week: November 15-21, 2020

About Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week is an annual celebration of geography and the important role it plays in our lives. Founded by presidential proclamation in 1987, Geography Awareness Week is observed during the third week of November each year.

Find more details at here! 

Assistant Professors: Cluster hire focused on Sustainability and Equity Job Opening!

DGES is hiring Assistant Professors: Cluster hire focused on Sustainability and Equity! 

Find details and apply here! 

Open Letter from Chair

I believe one of our key strengths within DGES is our collective, strong, consistent, and ongoing support for everyone within our diverse community. We treasure and value the notion that there is unity in diversity and we also strive to continue to facilitate an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of their background.  It is our ongoing mission to make everyone feel as though they are an integral part of our welcoming and inclusive community.   I feel that it is important that we all remain vigilant to any behavior that goes against our core values.  Thus,  if anyone sees or feels any racist or any inappropriate activity, please reach out to myself, Jamie, or Bruce, so we can address and remediate such activity as soon as possible.

             I recognize that these are extremely challenging times, and I want to let everyone know that we are all in this together, and DGES leadership, faculty, and staff remain committed and dedicated to support everyone within DGES.   My door and virtual zoom room is always open and available should anyone feel the need to reach out and seek support, and I encourage you to do so for any reason.




DGES in the News

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See graduate student José Montalva's booklets about the giant bumblebee and the Mapuche people.

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B.dahlbomii booklet 2


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Check out Dr. de Beurs' new NASA grant to study emerging infectious disease threats in Central Asia, including coronavirus!


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Congratulations  to Ph.D student Aditi Singh for receiving The Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching! The award is created to honor the hard work and dedication of outstanding graduate students who teach at OU.


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Congratulations to the students at the Annual SWAAG meeting in Forth Worth!

Ale Acuña Balbuena won the paper competition with “Reproductive Rights and Development in Peru: Indigenous Perspectives from The Quipu Project.” 

Madison Wilson earned second place in the undergraduate student poster competition with her first-ever poster, “Spatial and temporal patterns of fallow/idle cropland in the United States Rio Grande Basin."

Cayton Moore made an impact as the student officer representing the region and several other DGES students presented papers and posters.

Drs. Randy Peppler and Angela Person student Madeline Wade won first place in the undergraduate student poster competition with her poster “Public Perceptions of Water Reuse in Norman, Oklahoma."