McMaster University

McMaster University

School of Geography & Earth Sciences

"Achieving international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence in geographical,
geological and environmental education, research and outreach."

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences is an internationally recognized centre for research, education and training. Its strengths lie in the discovery, application, and transfer of knowledge to issues and problems in the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences.

Two particular strengths in the School are the development of interdisciplinary research programs that integrate the earth and environmental sciences with human geography and the use of spatial analysis to investigate the geographical relationships between the environment and society. The School emphasizes the use of leading-edge theoretical and methodological developments in its research. Have a look at some of the projects our current graduate students are working on right now.

The School of Geography and Earth Sciences is committed to increasing the opportunities for experiential (‘hands-on’) learning by undergraduate students. Many of our undergraduate courses involve fieldwork in the local area and we have several courses that undertake field research in off-campus locations.

If you are a prospective graduate student and plan to apply for admission in our MSc, MA or PhD degree programs, you will find much of the information at our Graduate Recruitment web page.


SGES in the News

As Peat Bogs Burn, a Climate Threat RisesAs Peat Bogs Burn, a Climate Threat Rises

Kristyn Housman grabbed the end of a sampling auger, a steel tube that twocolleagues had just drilled into amoss-covered hummock in a peat bog, and poked through a damp, fibrous plug of partly decomposed peat.

Peat has been building up for centuries in this bog, where the spongy moss is interspersed with black spruces and, on a late spring morning, the air is teeming with mosquitoes. The sample, taken from three feet down, is at least several hundred years old, said Ms. Housman, a graduate researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

“There’s literally tons of carbon here,” she said, looking around the bog, which covers several acres off a muddy oil-company road amid the vast flatness of northern Alberta. More.. More

LRT can ‘activate’ downtown Hamilton: McMaster study concludesLRT can ‘activate’ downtown Hamilton: McMaster study concludes

A new McMaster study concludes the controversial LRT plan is the catalyst needed to ignite downtown economic development.

Chris Higgins, the post-doctoral fellow who authored the paper, told a transit seminar sponsored by the McMaster Institute for Transportation and LogisticsTuesday morning that the much-debated light rail line is proposed to run through the most densely populated part of the city – exactly the kind of neighbourhood needed to get the best economic result from the system. More.. More

Pavlos Kanaroglou, professor, scholar and esteemed researcher was good friend of HamiltonPavlos Kanaroglou, professor, scholar and esteemed researcher was good friend of Hamilton

Hamilton, by all accounts, has lost a dear friend who cared so much for its residents.

Although his was not a household name, Pavlos Kanaroglou was that friend.

Kanaroglou, an urban transportation expert who also used spatial analysis to study issues from child care and housing to health care, was a McMaster University geography professor emeritus, and director and a founder of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL). More.. More

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