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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.

DGES in the News

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

https://okcfox.com/news/local/program-uses-observers-to-track-mosquito-locations

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. 

Congratulations!

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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.  

 

 

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Congratulations to Jay Wimhurst, Environmental and Sustainability Master's student, for being selected as the Graduate College Banner Carrier!!  

 

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Congratulations to Dr. Scott Greene for receiving the Regents' Award in Superior Teaching!!

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Dr. Randy Peppler won the Geography Education Specialty Group Poster Competition at AAG 2019!  He is one of three winners!  Congratulations, Dr. Peppler!! Click here to view the poster. 

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Three DGES faculty have been selected to serve on an Extreme Events Advisory Group for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).  CEC is a high-level collaboration between the US (led by EPA), Mexico and Canada, established through the 1994 North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation to facilitate and implement cooperation among the Parties to conserve, protect, and enhance the North American environment, promote sustainable development, and support the environmental goals and objectives of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Drs. Mark Shafer, Randy Peppler, and Renee McPherson have been selected to serve on the 15-member U.S. contingent of the Advisory Group.

The Advisory Group was established at the Summer 2018 CEC annual meeting to examine extreme weather and climate events that affect the health, safety, and socio-economic and environmental well-being of communities and populations across the the nations and to improve early warning, adaptation planning, and emergency management. The three DGES faculty bring perspectives from the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, and NOAA Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies to contribute to regional and international solutions to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change.

For more information about the CEC: http://www.cec.org/