The Department is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Alan C. Donaldson, Emeritus Professor of Geology, and former Department Chairperson this week. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alan C. Donaldson Endowed Scholarship or the Alan C Donaldson Geology Graduate Student Scholarship at https://www.geo.wvu.edu
- Alan C. Donaldson Endowed Scholarship (https://give.wvu.edu/ecas-geologyandgeography; fund 3S686).
- Alan C. Donaldson Geology Graduate Student Scholarship. Alan C. Donaldson Geology Graduate Student Scholarship. (https://give.wvu.edu/ecas-geologyandgeography; fund 3Z946).
Department alumnus receives prestigious GIS award
Marvin began the implementation of GIS for the City in fall 2019 and has aided the
City's Development Services, Engineering and Public Works, and Urban Landscapes
departments in incorporating GIS into their daily workflows. He was tasked with
aiding the Ward and Boundary Commission's work in 2020. He has worked in local
government providing GIS services for over six years and holds a Bachelor's Degree
in History and Geography and a Master's Degree in Geography from West Virginia
Geology Faculty Tap Into Water Research Issues
Mapping West Virginia
New research from
West Virginia University is transforming understanding of the Mountain
State’s famous landscape – and identifying ways to preserve it.
As WVU’s latest NSF CAREER Award winner, Assistant Professor of Geography
Aaron Maxwell will use big data to map what the surface of West Virginia
looked like over the last 60 years. The funding includes $636,785 over five years.
Mapping a Legacy: New Geography Endowment
He and wife Jeanne (MM Music Performance, 1999) have established a planned gift, the Dr. Gregory and Mrs. Jeanne Elmes Geography Endowment, to support undergraduate geography students in their research endeavors.
WVU Geology Faculty Develops Virtual Lab
When the coronavirus began to spread around the world in early 2020,
West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography's Graham Andrews
knew he needed to act fast. He already had 3D photography software and a drone
on hand for a volcanology research project. But with some quick thinking and the
help of five students, an idea was born -- a virtual geology lab.
- 08052021American Indian Boarding School Archives Workshop
- 071521West Virginia Writers' Workshop
- 042121Transdisciplinary Research Colloquium: Timothy Chapin
- 041921Anti-Asian Racism During COVID-19
- 041621Global Challenges and Local Responses
- 041421Transdisciplinary Research Colloquium: Andrew Vosko
- 040921Guest Lecture by Benjamin Zephaniah
- 040721Climate Solutions for West Virginia
The Listening Project
West Virginia University
geography students, in collaboration with community leaders, are responding.
The Listening Project is a partnership between WVU’s Center for Resilient Communities
and West Virginia organizers, Amy Jo Hutchison and Jennifer Wells, that gathers
stories of strength and struggle as West Virginians seek to find solidarity in
The Culture of Cooperation
Dina Hornbaker a farm manager for New Roots Community Farm in Fayetteville,
West Virginia talks about the life changing impact of geography. "I majored in
multidisciplinary studies in geography, Spanish and communication studies. I have
always enjoyed studying the relationships among areas, natural systems, cultural
activities and the interdependence of all of these throughout the Earth."
Turning a Corner on Food Insecurity
Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective is a food hub that aggregates, sells and distributes locally grown and produced products across West Virginia. It is an initiative in WVU’s Center for Resilient Communities, which conducts community-based action research addressing Appalachia’s most pressing challenges.
As a graduate research assistant with Turnrow and online farms market manager for Sprouting Farms, geography master’s student Valerie Slone is putting her research into action.
We offer several student organizations to help you make the most of of your education.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
Selected students are awarded a $3,500 stipend for eight weeks of mentored research. An additional $2,000 is available for travel to a professional conference or for supplies.