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Undergraduate study

Geography is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university. We live in an interdependent world caught up in chains of events which span the globe. We depend upon an increasingly fragile physical environment, whose complex interactions require sophisticated analysis and sensitive management.

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Graduate study

The Department has a large community of postgraduate students. Many are working for the PhD degree, awarded on the basis of individual research and requiring three years of full-time study. The Department of Geography also runs a range of Masters/MPhil courses.

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People in the Department

The Department's staff publish regularly in hundreds of separate publications, and attract research funding from a wide variety of sources.

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Research groups

Research in the Department of Geography, arranged across six Thematic Research Groups and two Institutes, covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise, individually and in collaboration, is both conceptual and applied.

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SPRI Review 2016

21st April, 2017


SPRI Review 2016, is now available online. SPRI Review is the Annual Report issued by the Scott Polar Research Institute, giving information on the Institute's activities over the past year.

Climate and Environment Dynamics researchers at EGU 2017

21st April, 2017


Five researchers from the Climate and Environmental Dynamics group will be presenting their research at the 2017 General Assembly of the European Geophysical Union at the end of April. The annual congress brings together geoscientists from all over the world and covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The team will be joining a group from Cambridge Coastal Research Unit. Read on to see what we are all presenting:

Water on Antarctic Ice Shelves

20th April, 2017


Alison Banwell and Ian Willis, who have recently returned from Antarctica studying the effects of meltwater on the flexure and stability of ice shelves, have been commenting about two adjacent studies that have just been published in Nature. They've been commenting in Nature, The Independent, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Climate Central.

What is the future of nature conservation?

20th April, 2017


The conservation movement is experiencing heated internal debates about what, why and how to conserve. Particular divisions exist over the role of corporations and capitalism, and over whether conservation should be motivated by biocentric or anthropocentric goals. Unfortunately, these debates have been dominated by powerful individuals, most of whom are men from the world's richest countries. Recent research by affiliated lecturer Chris Sandbrook and colleagues based on a small sample of conservationists has revealed a wider range of perspectives than those articulated by the dominant individuals. Now, they are taking their study to the next level through the Future of Conservation Survey that will gather data from a large sample of conservationists to reveal new insights into how they perceive the issues raised in the recent debates, and also which form of conservation each respondent most closely aligns to. Anyone who considers themselves a conservationist is welcome to take part!

Using big data to observe fungal species on a massive scale

19th April, 2017


A new paper by a team involving Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Ulf Buentgen has assembled a cross-European meta-database of fungal species. This database, which processed 7.3 million unique fungal species fruit body records, spanning nine countries, into 6 million records of more than 10,000 species, drew from a wide range of sources: from citizen science projects to digitized museum records. Such meta-databases can offer unique insights into climate change effects on fungal phenology and fruiting patterns in recent decades.

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  • 25th April 2017:
    Subsidies and state corruption in Eastern Europe. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 26th April 2017:
    Plume sampling with UAVs on Guatemalan volcanoes. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology
  • 2nd May 2017:
    Who are the Eco-precariat?: Theorizing Labour & Work in an Environmental Service-based economy. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 4th May 2017:
    How ice sheets collapse: a lesson from the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Details…
    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
  • 9th May 2017:
    Biodiversity Science and strategy in IPBES. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 10th May 2017:
    Masterclass: The health impacts of volcanic gases. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology
  • 18th May 2017:
    Title to be confirmed. Details…
    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
  • 23rd May 2017:
    Human bycatch from camera traps. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
  • 24th May 2017:
    Masterclass: Crystal growth kinetics. Details…
    Cambridge Volcanology
  • 30th May 2017:
    Discerning the food from the trees. Details…
    Political Ecology Group meetings
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