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.
The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Dr. Jeffrey Widener, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (DGES) and Director, Center for Spatial Analysis. Dr. Widener started teaching for the department as a doctoral degree candidate in 2010 and continued to do so as an adjunct instructor after earning his PhD in 2015. He joined the faculty of DGES in January 2018. He has developed and taught a wide variety of courses ranging from introductory courses focused on geography to GIS-focused courses, and consistently receives outstanding evaluations from students. Dr. Widener also participates in institutes and workshops for K-12 teachers through the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education (OKAGE).
The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research was presented to Dr. Thomas Neeson, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. Dr. Neeson joined the DGES faculty in 2015. His main area of interest focuses on the impacts of global change on freshwater ecosystems. Dr. Neeson’s recent work includes resource allocation problems in conservation biology, invasive species management, sustainable fisheries, and trade-offs between biodiversity and infrastructure. He has published fourteen papers since he arrived at OU, including four as first author.
Welcome to Dr Mike Wimberly!
DGES is excited to announce that Dr. Michael Wimberly joins the faculty this fall. Dr. Wimberly earned his PhD in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University. He comes to OU from South Dakota State University where he was a Senior Scientist in the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence and a professor of Natural Resource Management.
Congratulations to our graduate student winners for 2018 Student Research and Creativity Day!
1st place in Education/Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science
2nd Place in Oral Presentations 1