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GEOGRAPHY & SYSTEMS SCIENCE SPRING PARTY Join us to celebrate our graduating students and retiring faculty. This will be a potluck style event; we encourage you to bring something to share....


The Department of Geography at Portland State University has faculty with interests in a variety of topics. Faculty research and teaching programs include local, regional, and international interests in hydrology, water resources, climate science, Geographic Information Science, biogeography, sustainability, urban environments, land use analysis, cultural and political ecology, and K-12 geographic education.

The Department offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in Geography, undergraduate minors in Geography, GIS, and Water Resources, a Graduate Certificate in GIS, and a joint PhD in Earth, Environment, and Society through the School of the Environment. The Department houses two research centers (Center for Geography Education in Oregon and Center for Spatial Analysis and Research) and four research labs (Climate Science Lab, Geomorphology and Soils Lab, Global Environmental Change Lab, and Hydrology and Water Resources Lab) for quality instruction, research, and outreach.

Portland State’s location in downtown Portland, Oregon provides amenities of urban living in one of the greenest cities in America as well as easy access to the coast, mountains, and high desert with plenty of opportunities for field-based classes and research. Many federal, state, and local agencies plus a variety of environmental and social non-governmental agencies are located in Portland, providing an array of potential applied community-based scholarship for student involvement. 

Faculty News

Professor Paul Loikith is the recipient of this year's Junior Facuculty Research Excellence Award. 

 Professor Paul Loikith and graduate student Judah Detzer were featured in an issue of Research & Strategic Partnerships for their research on South America. 

            Student Spotlight

John Rogers, GIS Certificate Program graduate, received the best poster award for cartographic visual display at the GIS in Action conference.