Welcome to McGill Geography
Geography is the study of physical environments and human habitats. It deals with people and places. It covers issues such as global warming and climate change, food and water resources, management of ecosystems, human health, regional economic disparities, urban infrastructure, native land claims and permafrost problems. Both a physical and a social science, it provides a unique opportunity to obtain a broad exposure to modes of analyzing the many environmental and situational problems of contemporary society. Our department is based in the Faculty of Science and offers degrees at the Bachelors (B.A., B.Sc, & B.A.Sc.), Masters (M.A. & M.Sc), and Ph.D. levels.
Supplementary Teaching Assistant Postings for Fall Term
For students interested in applying for additional Fall 2020 TA positions, please refer to the fillable application form here, as well as the various postings for each course here. Please note that we may have more postings throughout July.
Posted June 30, 2020
Professor Grant McKenzie and his lab have received funding from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQ-SC) to research techniques for preserving location privacy and building an educational platform to promote geo-privacy awareness.
Posted June 25, 2020
Doctoral candidate Tracy Rankin receives CSAFM outstanding student presentation award
Tracy Rankin, a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography recently received an outstanding student presentation award from the Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology for her presentation entitled "Controls on Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Respiration in an Ombrotrophic Bog." Congratulations Tracy.
Posted June 1, 2020
Passing of Alumni Thomas Hobbs Fletcher
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of alumni Thomas Hobbs Fletcher (PhD, 1998). After prolonged illness, Tom passed away in his home in Montreal on May 24, 2020. He will be greatly missed by the Quebec geography community. fletcher_obit_mcgill_final.docx
Posted May 27, 2020
In lieu of this year's usual poster session for our honours students, each student has created a 5min video of their key findings and we have put them together on the Honours Projects page. If you get a moment, please stop by the department facebook page and leave a constructive comment for this year's students.
Posted May 12, 2020
Cancelled: GEOG 496: Regional Geographical Excursion (Barbados) Winter 2021
The Winter 2021 offering of GEOG 496: Regional Geographical Excursion (Barbados), has been cancelled due the current issues related to the coronavirus. We are sorry that we have had to take this step, but we have made this decision now to give allow for students to explore alternate courses.
Posted April 8, 2020
The Department of Geography, McGill University firmly denounces all racism and racial violence and stands in solidarity with members of the Black community. We are deeply concerned with the violence and recent events in Canada and the US. We recognize that these events are not isolated and in Canada are situated in our country’s long history of violence against Visible Minorities and Indigenous Communities. Read our full statement here.
Posted June 4, 2020
Posted May 21, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of former PhD student, Peter Adams. Not only was he a McGill graduate and helped found the Department of Geography at Trent University, but he later was the Provincial MP for the riding of Peterborough and was a federal MP for eight years in the Chretien government. Read tributes from the Hansard of the Ontario Legislature.
Posted May 12, 2020
Doctoral candidate Melissa K. Ward Jones along with Frances Amyot and supervisor Professor Wayne Pollard recently published an article identifying the impacts of degrading ice‐wedges on ground temperatures in a high arctic polar desert system. Read the paper here.