Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

 Geography Timetable Fall 2020


GEOG student textbook panel

Online Application Form

GIS Roster of Spatial Planners/Analysts – Oceans and Coastal Management Division, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

The Oceans and Coastal Management Division (OCMD) at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO Maritimes Region) is seeking expressions of interest from GIS and geomatics professionals for entry on a GIS Roster of qualified spatial planners/analysts for future casual employment (BI-02 $60,653–$82,590).  Tasks may include discovery of ocean use and ecological data, data validation and analysis, spatial data product development in an ArcGIS environment (.mxd, shape/layer files), metadata production, and data management.  Suitable candidates for the GIS Roster should have the following qualifications: 

  • Graduation with a degree or advanced diploma from a marine or environmental geomatics program or other degree relevant to the duties of the position.
  • Experience using the techniques and methods employed in geomatics for marine or environmental management applications.  
  • Ability to produce and manage geospatial data and map products using geographic information system (GIS) software (ArcGIS).
  • Ability to problem-solve and present innovative analytical solutions.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Individuals should demonstrate personal initiative, dependability, effective interpersonal skills, and be team oriented. 

Expressions of interest for the GIS Roster should include a covering letter and CV/Résumé to be received by close of business Friday, December 1, 2017.

OCMD Contact:

Scott Coffen-Smout
Oceans and Coastal Management Division
Ecosystem Management Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Bedford Institute of Oceanography
PO Box 1006
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y 4A2

The 2017 conference of Atlantic Canadian Geographers (ACAG) was hosted at SMU by the Geography and Environmental Studies Department. GEOG Practicum students delivered a very successful Careers in Geography Workshop. Here they are, ready to register delegates.

From Left to Right: Dylan Graham, Eryn Kennedy, Jenna Miller, Celine Rondeau, Erika Christenson, Sarah Milbury, Rachel Kendall. (not in photo are students, Derek Pisani, Sara Tchoryk, Zack Shaban, Kearyn Ladd-Izzard). Check out all the highlights and awards here!

GEOG Practicum Class ACAG 2017


Bachelor of Environmental Studies Graduating Students can apply for the Environmental Studies Prize 2019

BES undergraduates in their final year of study (or who have graduated in October 2018) are eligible to apply for the Environmental Studies Prize to be awarded at Spring Convocation. See below for complete details.

Environment Prize 2019

Very big congratulations to Spring 2017 Valedictorian and MA Geography graduate, Jodi-Ann Francis! She is pictured here with MA Thesis supervisor, Dr. Ryan Gibson and Geography and Environmental Studies Chairperson, Dr. Danika van Proosdij.

Student Jodi-Ann Francis Convocation May 2017 valedictorian

ESRI Canada Scholarship awarded to Bachelor of Environmental Studies graduate, Eric Norris

Student image eric norris

Through its GIS Scholarships program, Esri Canada is proud to recognize Canadian post-secondary institutions that deliver strong, multidisciplinary GIS courses and programs. Students from 60 colleges and universities across the country are eligible for grants through this program. It provides recipients with great networking opportunities, funding and access to extensive GIS resources including Esri software, books and training to develop their GIS skills and knowledge. The SMU 2017 ESRI Scholarship was awarded to Eric Norris. Eric defended his honours thesis, DOG PARK USERS TRAVEL DISTANCE AND MODE CHOICE IN HALIFAX, NS, in May and graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies this spring. Congratulations Eric!

Employment Opportunity with Natural Resources Canada

The Government of Canada is creating an inventory of geoscience field assistants, GIS data assistants, lab/office and research assistants, for furture vacancies. Apply online!

Geographic Education and Geospatial Related Careers

The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) provides these excellent resources for burgeoning geographers.

What can you do with a geography degree?
An essential guide to what you will learn during a geography degree and the career paths you could take after graduating from Times Higher Education online. 

10 Reasons Why Geomorphology is important from the British Association of Geomorphologists 

In addition to explaining how landscapes have developed in the past, how they function at present, and how they might change in future, there is growing recognition of the importance of geomorphology and geomorphologists in contributing to a range of environmental investigations and management issues. Read the article from the British Association of Geomorphologists to explore this topic.

Canada's Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate Report

Canada's Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate assesses climate change sensitivity, risks and adaptation 
Canada's Coasts in a Changing Climatealong‌ Canada's marine coasts. The report includes overviews of regional climate change impacts, risks and opportunities along Canada's three marine coasts, case studies demonstrating action, and discussion of adaptation approaches. Led by Natural Resources Canada, the development of this report involved over 60 authors and 70 expert reviewers, and synthesized over 1300 recent publications.

The web-accessible report is available in its full version and by chapter.
For media inquiries, please contact NRCan Media Relations.



Report highlights the value of Nova Scotia's Social Sector

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia released Vital Signs on Nova Scotia’s Social Sector on October 6. The ‌report provides a snapshot of the diverse and dynamic social sector in the province, including cooperatives, charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises.  The Vital Signs report was a collaboration of community-based organizations, provincial associations, government agencies, and researchers. Over the summer months, Jo Fitzgibbons and Dr. Ryan Gibson conducted research on behalf of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia and wrote components of the final report. The report is intended to serve as a catalyst for discussions throughout Nova Scotia. The full report can be accessed here.



CB Wetlands and Environmental Specialists team awarded bronze medal from Halifax Business Association for Innovation.

Congratulations to CBWES team members Dr. Danika van Proosdij (Geography and Environmental Studies Faculty-SMU) and Tony Bowron (Environmental Science Ajunct Faculty-SMU) for receiving this prestigious award. The Halifax Chamber of Commerce hosted the 17th annual Halifax Business Awards on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Over 500 attendees came together to celebrate 30 finalists for their achievements and impact on the business community. 

“There was an amazing buzz in the air last night.” says Patrick Sullivan, President and CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce who also served as host of the Awards gala. “The Halifax Business Awards gives us the opportunity to share a few of our city's inspiring stories and we feel privileged to have been able to celebrate some of our best and brightest."

Read about the research via The Halifax Examiner

Tony Bowron CBWES award 2017

 Tony Bowron and Jennie Graham at the Halifax Business Awards 

Proceedings of the 9th ISDE Symposium (Halifax, Canada, 2015) have now been published online by IOP Science Publishing.

These are published as Volume 34(1) (2016) in IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science — an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Specifically, the ISDE9 Proceedings are located at this link. Saint Mary's was both the lead academic partner and a Platinum Sponsor of the event.
The Proceedings were edited by Hugh Millward, Dirk Werle, and Danika van Proosdij.