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 will provide an environment for the education and training of highly qualified personnel committed to excellence.

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster is an internationally recognized centre for research 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 what some of our students are doing 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.


SGES in the News

Eric Windhorst

Natural approach to health care

Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark will benefit our overall well-being by Eric Windhorst. Health care is costing Ontarians a fortune. A 2013 study by the not-for-profit C.D. Howe Institute states that 50 cents of every dollar spent on provincial programming is allocated to the health-care sector. And projections suggest our dire financial situation will not be getting better any time soon. TD Economics estimates that, by the year 2030, health-care costs could eat up 80 cents of every dollar allotted to provincial programs. More...More

John Maclachlan

President’s Award winner says best classrooms are in caves

A week in Iceland, a week in the classroom, a week in Kentucky, a week in the classroom.

For John Maclachlan, that’s an ideal month of teaching – and not for the reasons you might think. “Students relate to what is practical around them, so I get them out there to see it,” he says. “It’s not a vacation for them, it’s a learning experience.” More...More


Grim discovery sheds new light on when humans came to the Americas

“This is a bonanza find,” said Eduard Reinhardt, a micropaleontologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “The quality of the data that we’re getting is exceptional.”

An experienced diver, Dr. Reinhardt is one of the scientists directly involved in examining the site where the Naia skeleton was first discovered in 2007.

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