Research for Department of Geography

Our Faculty & Their Research

Faculty members involve students in their research projects, using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, often collaborating with other departments, community members and employers. The Department also participates in research with all levels of government, the corporate world and a number of national and international research consortiums.

You may also have the opportunity to participate in field studies or gain employment with researchers at the Geological Survey of Canada, the City of Lethbridge and other municipalities, Lunctus Geomatics, the Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, among others. That gives you the opportunity to get lots of additional hands-on experience.

Some current faculty research areas include:

  • Distributions, movements and ecology of plants and animals
  • Economic restructuring and rural development
  • Geoarchaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Geomorphology of ephemeral streams
  • GIS applications in climate, hydrology, and wildlife habitat
  • Glacier dynamics
  • Global environmental change and water resources
  • Human dimensions of environmental change
  • Invasive species
  • Late Cenozoic paleoenvironments and magnetostratigraphy
  • Microclimatology
  • Remote sensing and GIS; spatial analysis and computational methods
  • Remote sensing, texture analysis, terrain modelling
  • Social and economic impacts of TSE's
  • Social change in urban Canada
  • Sustainable agriculture and integrated managment
  • Syro-Palestinian archaeology

Faculty in the Department of Geography also participate in the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research.

In addition to the GIS/remote sensing lab, departmental field equipment includes a new state-of-the-art Total station, and excellent DGPS system, navigational GPS systems, stream flow probes, and a selection of geographical and archaeological field equipment. The department also has a rock and fossil collection, aerial photograph collection, soil laboratory equipment, as well as a teaching map collection.

Our department offers an excellent centre for field-based research and teaching as we are situated in the coulees of the Oldman River, in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by range lands and areas of intense agricultural activity, and within a few hours of large urban centres.

Faculty at the University of Lethbridge find themselves in a unique position to:

  • access excellent undergraduate students who can provide research assistance;
  • collaborate with faculty outside of the Department of Geography on joint projects and research areas;
  • access exceptionally well-equipped facilities both on and off campus;
  • have access to personal research lab space;
  • work with community members and local industry on various projects and initiatives.