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.

 

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McMaster experts join major Canadian initiative on the future of the world’s water

McMaster experts join major Canadian initiative on the future of the world’s water

A major national research initiative on the future of Canadian and global water resources features leading McMaster researchers from several disciplines.

Water research is a particular area of expertise for McMaster, which has strength in a wide range of research fields, including hydrology, climate change, the Great Lakes, flood forecasting, groundwater pollution, environmental contamination and public policy. The recently formed McMaster Water Network works to bridge research and policy both within the university and externally with other researchers, practitioners, policy makers, industry and communities.

The Global Water Futures project, announced today, will see senior McMaster researchers working in partnership with colleagues from across Canada in a $143-million program led by the University of Saskatchewan, and also including University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.More.. More

Searching for insight: Students conduct research at Hidden River Cave

Searching for insight: Students conduct research at Hidden River Cave

Students from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario have spent the past week at Hidden River Caveconducting research that involves looking at the cave’s sediment with hopes of gaining insight on how to protect it and other caves.

This past week was not the first time McMaster students had visited Hidden River Cave. They have been coming to the cave for more than a decade to do reports on caves and karst, but didn’t begin their research project until last year when they began working with the university’s micropaleontology lab.

“What we are trying to do is a get a good look at the history of Hidden River Cave. We’re talking about going back thousands of years,” said Peggy Nims, educational director for Hidden River Cave / American Cave Museum, adding that the McMaster students are adding to the cave and museum staff’s base knowledge and understanding of the cave, which will help with the protection of it and other caves. More.. More

As Peat Bogs Burn, a Climate Threat Rises

As 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

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