• 2023-04-26 - Dr. Nikolai Alvarado has been awarded Campus Research Board funding to conduct field work in Costa Rica for the next year. His proposal, entitled “South-South Migrants, Social Justice, and the Shaping of Urban Democracies: Investigating Alternative Forms of Migrant Inclusion in Informal Settlements,” is being supported through UIUC's...
  • 2023-04-12 - GGIS professor Marynia Kolak recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the importance of community engagement in data decision-making. She spoke on behalf of her US Covid Atlas project and was joined by members of the Gulf Research Program at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the University of...
  • 2023-04-05 - by Dr. Marynia Kolak, assistant professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Join us on Friday, April 14th in Room 2049 NHB (or via Zoom) for presentations by  2022-23 Geography & GIS Roepke Research scholars Kei Yamato, Stefan Ilic, Amer...
  • 2023-01-25 - PhD student Marina Moscoso Arabía (advisor: Nikolai Alvarado) was selected for the second cohort of Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Mellon Interseminars Graduate Fellows. This year's project theme is “Improvise and Intervene” - fellows and faculty conveners from the...
  • 2023-01-20 - Dr. Marynia Kolak's Healthy Regions & Policies Lab was recently awarded a 2-year, $1.4 million Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant for a new social determinant of health (SDOH) data discovery project.
  • 2023-01-12 - Congratulations to Professor David Wilson, who has been selected as a 2023 AAG Fellow in recognition of his distinguished scholarship, teaching, and mentoring of geography students and junior faculty colleagues. From the AAG announcement: "The AAG Fellows is a recognition and service program that applauds geographers who...
  • 2022-12-07 - The 2021-22 Geography & GIS alumni newsletter is now available on our website. This year's issue includes campus visits from distinguished alumni award recipients Wayne Koonce (BA, '71) and Dr. Michael Widener (BA, '07), an alumni Jeopardy! winner, career conversations with early-career alumni, new faculty and student profiles,...
  • 2022-12-06 - The department gratefully acknowledges Dr. Gary (PhD, ’79) and Mary Molyneaux for establishing an endowment fund to support geography and GIS doctoral students. Molyneaux studied geography, urban planning, and landscape architecture with Professor John Jakle and went on to a distinguished career in the public and private sectors and higher education. He continues...
  • 2022-12-06 - Wayne Koonce (BA, ’71) returned to campus on Friday, November 4th to accept his 2022 GGIS Distinguished Alumni Award, at a ceremony hosted by Department Head Prof. Shaowen Wang in the Russell Seminar Room. After receiving the award, Wayne shared his Illinois experience and career journey and took questions from faculty and students on topics including sustainable buildings and urban development....
  • 2022-11-30 - Geography & GIS office administrator Matt Cohn (BA, creative writing and psychology, '03) has received a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 2022-23 Staff Award and will be honored with six other college-level award recipients at a ceremony in March.
  • 2022-10-26 - A group of GGIS faculty and graduate students attended the West Lakes Regional Division AAG Annual Meeting at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville this past weekend and all three students won awards in the Student Paper Competition.
  • 2022-10-26 - A team of scientists including professor Bruce Rhoads was awarded a grant from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) to quantify streambank erosion across the state and its contributions to phosphorus (P) loading of surface waters. Phosphorus (P) enrichment to streams, lakes, and estuaries is increasing throughout...
  • 2022-10-25 - By Amber Rose, Grainger College of Engineering University of Illinois researchers Leonardo Chamorro and Jim Best used clear mud in order to study the structure of turbulence in water flows. You might be thinking, "mud isn’t clear!" If so, you would be wrong. Most work done by researchers in the Earth surface community has looked at the dynamics of water flows in the absence of...
  • 2022-10-19 - A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will create the Taylor Geospatial Institute Regional AI Learning System. Launched in April 2022 and led by Saint Louis University, the Taylor Geospatial Institute brings together eight Midwestern universities and research centers to harness innovation in geospatial science. The three-year grant, “...
  • 2022-09-19 - A research team led by DePaul University geography faculty, in collaboration with the UIUC Department of Geography & GIS, was recently awarded a $250,000 NASA grant to collaborate with a Chicago community on an expanded online dashboard that uses satellite data to bring disparities in tree canopy coverage, plant diversity and air quality into focus. The goal is to give community leaders...