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Arctic Iqaluit, Nunavut

MA graduate student Sara Statham in Iqaluit, Nunavut (the southeast coast of Baffin Island), where she has undertaken fieldwork regarding food security and climate change.

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Zanzibar Africa

Undergraduate students on the Africa Field Semester gain a greater appreciation of the roles of mangrove ecosystems.

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South America Peruvian Amazon

MSc graduate student Meghan Doiron’s (on right) research focuses on understanding the information sharing networks that link ribereño households in the north-eastern Peruvian Amazon.

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Tamil Nadu Southern India

Geography and IDS Joint Honours student Stephanie Austin completing interviews regarding organic agriculture and livelihoods in Tamil Nadu.

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The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group

The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (CCARG) led by Dr. James Ford: The group’s research takes place at the interface between science and policy, working with Indigenous communities on climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning

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The Occupy Movement and the Top 1% in Canada

In a forthcoming paper to be published in Antipode, Prof. Sebastien Breau explores recent patterns of inequality in Canada, paying particular attention to changes in the characteristics of the top 1% of income earners.

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MA graduate Vicki Kyeyune tries on local ethnic minority Hmong clothing, after interviews regarding hybrid maize and food security in upland Vietnam.


A partnership between municipal employees, academics, and members of the private and non-profit sectors, Geothink is the largest grant investigating the implications of increasing two-way exchanges of locational information between citizens and their city governments. 

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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

Geographers receive funding for Location Privacy research

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.  File fletcher_obit_mcgill_final.docx

Posted May 27, 2020

Honours Projects 2020 - Posters & Videos

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

Black Lives Matter

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

Congratulations Class of 2020

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Posted May 21, 2020

Tributes in the Ontario Legislator, on the death of former PhD student, Dr. Peter Adams

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

McGill Geographers on the impact of degrading ice-wedges on ground temperature

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.

Posted March 26, 2020

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