· The department houses the only B.S. Meteorology degree in the state of Virginia along with the B.A. and M.S. in Geography and is a major participant in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis.
· The Geography department is a leader in geospatial technology on campus: 227 students enrolled in the gateway Principles of GIS course with 77% and coming from outside of the department.
· Five undergraduates were inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 2018: John Herrick, Madeline Williams, Kathryn Dyer, Shawn Rosenthal, and Aaron Swiggett
· In 2017, popular Senior Instructor John Boyer taught the most students of any faculty at VT and was named a 2017 Master Educator by Course Hero (How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made this Professor Teacher of the Year) … plausible estimates suggest that for recent years 35-40% of VT graduating seniors have experienced at least one course with Mr. Boyer.
· Selected faculty research funded by the National Science Foundation: Dr. Baird investigates how mobile phones are altering livelihood strategies of the rural Maasai population in Tanzania; Dr. Bukvic studies coastal community vulnerabilities to sea level rise on the US east coast; Dr. Crawford maps rates of shoreline erosion and societal impacts at the mouth of the combined Ganges-Brahmaputra river in Bangladesh.
· Instructor Dave Carroll has developed in recent years the High Elevation Mountain Mesonet, which is a constellation of eight remote-access, solar powered weather stations located in unique sites of the Central/Southern Appalachian region that stream real-time weather data.
· Supported by department funds and generous donor gifts each year, multiple students regularly attend national and regional conferences of the American Association of Geographers, American Meteorological Society, and Environmental Systems Research Institute.
· Selected student internships in 2018: NASA, Smithsonian, ESRI, National Park Service, National Weather Service, Appalachian Voices.
· Dr. Jim Campbell’s textbook with Dr. Randy Wynne (FREC) Introduction to Remote Sensing, 5th Edition is widely used across the globe … a review states that it is “irreplaceable and has stood the test of time.”
· Alum Jeff Dawley (B.A. ‘07) wins 2018 CNRE Recent Alumni Award and currently works as an account team lead for ESRI in its Vienna, VA office.