Geography, Environmental Sciences,
and Marine Resource Management

We recognize geography as the handmaid of history. . . .Geography, too, is a sister science to economics and politics; and to any of us who have attempted to study geography it is known that the moment you diverge from the geographical field you find yourself crossing the frontiers of geology, zoology, ethnology, chemistry, physics, and almost all the kindred sciences. There-fore we are justified in saying that geography is one of the first and foremost of the sciences: that it is part of the equipment that is necessary for a proper conception of citizenship, and is an indispensable adjunct to the production of a public man. - Curzon, 1912, Subjects of the Day, pp. 1556. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong when it tends otherwise. - Aldo Leopold from A Sand County Almanac, 1948 Sit in revere, and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. - John F. Kennedy

Educators and researchers in GEM study and teach all aspects of coupled earth systems, focusing on human interactions with terrestrial and marine processes, from mountaintops to mid-ocean.



The academic programs in GEM include the undergraduate majors:

GEM also includes graduate programs in Finally, GEM offers undergraduate and graduate certificates in Geographic Information Science (GIScience), and graduate certificates in Marine Resource Management and Water Conflict Management and Transformation. See the Academics page for more information.

Research Themes

Marine Resource Management

See Marine Resource Management for descriptions of focus areas.

Geospatial technologies and analysis; Water, Climate and Society; and Resources, planning, and hazards

See Geography Graduate Major for descriptions of these research themes.