Department of Geography & Environment


Welcome to the Department of Geography & Environment

Geography deals with some of the most exciting issues on Earth. It studies the interaction between human beings and the global environment and the resulting problems and opportunities. The Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge offers a unique multidisciplinary experience by combining the fields of archaeology, environmental science, and geography into one department.

Students have the opportunity to study in areas such as: archaeology, environmental science, human geography, physical geography, remote sensing, and urban & regional studies. We also offer a concentration in geographical information science (GIS), and combined or multidiciplinary degrees. Click on the icons above for more information about our programs.

Department Highlights

Interactive website shows Albertans how the climate is changing in their backyard

As Alberta’s climate changes, the demand for practical information on climate extremes and their impact is increasing and University of Lethbridge professors, Dr. Stefan Kienzle, (Department of Geography & Environment) and Christine Clark (Department of New Media), have found a way to meet that demand.

They developed an interactive website,, four years ago and have now updated it to include observed weather records from 1951 to 2017, three future climate projections (2041 to 2070), and 55 climate variables, such as number of frost days, length of the growing season and rainfall extremes. With more than 100 high-resolution maps available for download, the website is of particular interest to farmers, ranchers, foresters, water-resource managers, infrastructure planners or anyone who wants to see how Alberta’s climate has changed.


U of L to host 2020 Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Yellowknife

The University of Lethbridge, along with Wilfrid Laurier University, is gearing up to host the 2020 Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing at a unique off-campus location — The Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The five-day conference, July 13-17, 2020, brings together the country’s foremost experts in remote sensing with this year’s focus on the increasing rate of change in today’s environment. Titled, Landscapes of Change; Remote Sensing for a Sustainable Future, the conference will showcase a wide range of technical, applied and natural sciences topics relevant to the remote sensing community.

U of L researcher part of team to study migration through the lens of refugee experience

How have current stories of migration been shaped by longer histories of borders and displacement? What can the experiences of those crossing the Canada-U.S. border tell us about the history of Canada and the U.S.?

These are some of the questions driving a new project, Remembering Refuge: Between Sanctuary and Solidarity, that will build a digital oral history archive of the Canada-U.S. border as recounted by refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti.

The project, led by Dr. Julie Young, Grace Wu and Johanna Reynolds, is supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society and will be carried out in partnership with the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge.

U of L alums documenting Waterton archaeology sites

Last summer’s Kenow Wildfire destroyed more than 19,000 hectares in Waterton Lakes National Park and the resulting loss of vegetation has revealed archaeological sites that were previously hidden in the underbrush.

Working alongside Parks Canada archaeologist Bill Perry, Rachel Lindemann (BA ’05), Alanna Shockley (BA ’16), Kevin Black Plume (BSc ’18) and Tatyanna Ewald, a graduate student from the University of Calgary, have been conducting post-fire assessments in Waterton as Parks Canada employees since May. Black Plume, who’s from the Kainai First Nation, helps ensure elders are called in to help interpret sites when necessary.

Research Project

U of L research project will provide access to detailed models of historical Blackfoot objects held in British museums

A team of University of Lethbridge researchers and Blackfoot Elders will soon embark on an ambitious project that will provide immediate virtual access to historical Blackfoot objects held in museums, thanks to federal funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund.

The U of L researchers, led by Christine Clark (BFA ’10, MFA ’14), an assistant professor of New Media, and including Dr. Josie Mills, director and curator of the U of L Art Gallery, Danielle Heavy Head, Blackfoot Digital Library liaison, Jackson 2Bears, U of L art studio professor, and Marcus Dostie, U of L geography instructor, will create extraordinarily detailed 3D models of non-sacred Blackfoot objects held in British museums.

Course Highlight: Urbanization in Developing Countries

GEOGRAPHY 3245: Urbanization in Developing Countries
Credit hours: 3.00
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A theoretical examination of the spatial and temporal patterns of urbanization in developing countries. Topics include urban structural characteristics, urban-rural relations, regional disparities, housing, employment, and relationships between urbanization and development processes.

Prerequisite(s): One of Geography 1200 or Geography 2000 AND Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Lib Ed Req: Social Science


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