Geography Department will host regional AAG conference, Nov. 1-3


For the first time in its long history, the annual meeting and conference of the West Lakes regional division of the American Association of Geographers (WLDAAG) will take place at UWL. Department of Geography and Earth Science Assistant Professor John Kelly has organized the event, assisted by UWL Continuing Education and Extension, by other UWL Geography and Eath Science faculty, and by GeoClub. The conference will bring together scholars, students, and others (NGOs, government agencies, and private industry) to exchange discoveries and ideas across a range of geographic sub-disciplines. Plenary speakers will include Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies director Paul Robbins and cultural-historical geographer Derek Alderman. Several field trips are planned for Saturday afternoon. Anyone is welcome to register to attend, whether or not they present a paper or poster.


Congratulations to 4 new Gamma Theta Upsilon Members (GTU)

On May 2 the Geography and Earth Sciences Department initiated 4 new members to the international geographical honor society GTU.  This years inductees are Ariel Thomas, Jackson Radenz, Mackenzie Keller-Miller and Nicolette Krantz pictured below with Dr Cravins and also with faculty members of the department.

UWL Geography at Research in the Rotunda

Jackson Radenz presented his poster at the 15th Annual Research in the Rotunda April 11, 2018.

Celebration of Student Research and Creativity

Several students associated with the Geography and Earth Science Department presented their hard work at this years Celebration of Student Research. 

Fifth Annual Geographic Information Science Poster Competition Winners


1st Place

Jackson Radenz

2nd Place Ethan Quinn
2nd Place Emily Healy and Jenna DeShaney
Honorable Mention

Charlotte Peters and Alayne Kulp

Thanks to all who participated in making this a successful event.

Photographs from the event

Winners of the 2017 Map Competition

1st Place

Alayne Kulp
2nd Place Maxwell Molls
Honorable Mention Bo Kim

2017 Ryan M. Poehling Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The UWL Geography and Earth Science Department is pleased to announce the 2017 Ryan Michael Poehling Scholarship has been awarded to Jackson Radenz.  The Geography and Earth Science Department would like to congratulate Jackson on this outstanding achievement!

Past Recipients
2017 Jackson Radenz   2008 Martin Elmer
2016 Sofia Kozidis   2007 Jameson Loesch
2015 Justine Bula    2006 John Lauermann
2014 Jonas Rugtvedt   2005 Nathan Koster   
2013 Steve Oxley   2004 Amber Minard 
2012 Cody Mertens   2003 Margaret Hollenhorst 
2011 Alexander Wegner   2002 Jennifer Hauser 
2010 Benjamin Uphoff    2001 Scott Leis
2009 Brett Mittelstaedt      

Augemented Reality Sandbox

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Geography and Earth Science Department has constructed an AR Sandbox for instructional and outreach use.  Using software developed at University of California Davis a sandbox was built with help from the Departments of Biology, Recreation Management and Physics, and Information Technology Services (ITS), and Facilities Planning and Management. It is used to give students a better understanding of how map contours relate to physical terrain and how water from rain would flow on a terrain.  The ARSandbox is located in Cowley 256.

Students using AR Sandbox Students using AR Sandbox
Students using AR Sandbox