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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 Hiring

DGES is hiring an Assistant Professor focused on Urban Environmental Systems.  For more information and to apply click here.

Welcome Dr. Anthony Levenda!

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Dr. Anthony Levenda joined the department this Fall.  Dr. Levenda earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering (2009) and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (2010) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2016. 


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Congratulations  to Ph.D student Aditi Singh for recieving the 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."

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The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research was presented to Dr. Mary Lawhon, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability.  



DGES in the News

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Check out Dr. Wimberly's work with NASA, mosquitos, and disease!