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


Researchers link poverty and shorter life expectancy

McMaster statistician digs deep into Code Red data and uncovers some startling relationships. There's been something gnawing away at Patrick DeLuca for the past five years, an itch he hadn't been able to scratch.

DeLuca is a statistical whiz and geographic information specialist at McMaster University and one of two researchers who helped put together The Spectator's highly acclaimed Code Red projects, first launched in 2010. More.. More

Strange Fish

Studying strange visitors from an ecosystem far, far away

The results of the iClimate Video completion, spearheaded by Katey Daly and Rachel Skubel with funding from SPICES, is featured in The Daily News.

The video, “Visitors from the Deep,” won first prize from the iClimate video competition. More.. More


McMaster projects win big global health grants

Corinne Schuster-Wallace, a McMaster environmental studies prof, is leading an international team that's planning a sanitation system for Uganda that would turn human excrement and byproducts from fish farming into biofuel.

"It's exciting that we can move forward with the project because we can see a huge potential for changing lives in Uganda," she said. More.. More

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