Department of Geography
The study of geography focuses on the spatial distribution and interrelated aspects of people, plants, animals and natural resources. A complex and expansive subject, it involves elements of culture, history, politics, and economics.
Our academic programs are focused on the environment, geographic information sciences, urban studies and planning, geographic education and international development. We enable our students to explore in depth the interactions between our social, cultural, legal, built and physical worlds.
"My interest in Geography began when I took a course in geographic information systems (GIS) during my last year of my undergraduate education. It was during that semester I realized the impressive power of geographic data in helping to address human and environmental problems we are challenged to address. We can use geographic information in the form of statistics and maps to describe and identify complex connections and issues that are often lost without a spatial perspective. As an instructor, I support students in development of their geographic information skills and understanding of geographic technologies from both the technical and applied perspective.
As a native of Nebraska, my initial interest in applying remote sensing and geographic information science was in understanding how agricultural activities conserve and impact soils and other aspects of the natural environment. I continue to integrate understanding in land use and management using advances in imagery and computing technology. My most recent research focuses on techniques for measuring vegetation health changes using high temporal resolution imagery collected using UAVs."
BS, MA, PhD, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
The problem of siting waste management facilities in the US (for low-level radioactive waste) and in Ireland (regional management of municipal sanitary wastes).
Urban planning, with primary interests in affordable housing concerns, undesirable facilities location and the concepts of the “new urbanism” – reconsidering the exclusive-use zoning practices of the past.
Dr. Amey wants his students to find their own ideas to find the balance that blends the peacefulness of a small town life (the idealized “New England town” ) and the buzz of an urban pace (the social and economic diversity of city neighborhoods) into healthy social, economic, built and natural environments by integrating their academic experience with working knowledge of planning issues faced by the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, Old Colony Planning Council and local planning boards in Bridgewater and Brockton.
BA, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
MA, PhD, University of Florida
"Science begs to be done in the great outdoors. For the past two summers, I’ve worked in a mentoring and research program with our students and other faculty from chemistry and biology in the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)/Lancy program. We tackled serious environmental and water quality issues dealing with the Taunton River Watershed employing both field and lab research. The fruits of this research carries directly over into the classroom. In my Air Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing course we will assess the accuracy of a portion of the state’s current Taunton River data base, and in Senior Seminar all our majors' skills will be applied to an investigation of the Taunton River’s status for potential inclusion in the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers program."
BA, Plymouth State College
MA, University of Colorado
PhD, Arizona State University
Water supplies and water systems in both western societies as well as in the Third World.
Dr. Domingo is a strong believer in the outreach that college faculty can do in the community. He is a member of SEMAGNET (Southeastern Massachusetts Geography Network), a teacher-focused organization that works with teachers and K-12 students to improve the quality of geography teaching and learning. He is also the director of SEMGEC (Southeast Massachusetts Global Education Center) based at Bridgewater State University. SEMGEC presents workshops and lectures that help introduce global perspectives in classroom teaching and sponsors an annual Geography Fair, an event that attracts about 150 mostly middle school students to the college campus.
BA, University of the Western Cape, S.A.
MA, PhD, Clark University
"I first became a geographer after learning about the clearing of tropical rain forests in the Brazilian Amazon. This led me to build a career in environmental geography, and along the way I have studied soil erosion in Ohio, volunteered for several environmental organizations, and worked as a consultant on environmental hazards throughout the United States. When it came time to go to the Amazon, I chose Rondônia, which has experienced some of the most rapid forest clearing in the world and which is now home to an energetic and diverse human population. At Bridgewater State University, my growing experience with the New England environment, urban Brazil, and the coffee industry allow me to bring a world of experience with the environment to my students. "
BS, University of Maryland/ Baltimore County
MA, Miami University
PhD, University of Arizona
Robert Hellstrom is a microclimatologist specializing in the role of atmospheric forcing on the evolution of polar ice sheets and seasonal snow cover. In 1996, this research brought him to the South Pole where he extracted snow and ice cores to reconstruct past climates. His current research involves integrating computer simulations and field measurements to detect weather patterns that lead to abrupt warming of the atmosphere.
Dr. Hellstrom has established a new automated weather station at Bridgewater State University that provides real-time weather conditions over the Internet. He is currently building a wind tunnel laboratory to study fluid dynamics of the atmosphere. These new facilities will provide more research opportunities for physics, aviation, earth science, and geography students at Bridgewater.
BS, MS, PhD, The Ohio State University
"My practical experience adds value to the teaching and learning environment within the classroom both in the technical and cultural elements of Geography. Having been intensely involved in the application of Geographic Information Systems and advanced quantitative analytical techniques such as recursive and non-recursive path models and linear structural equations (LISREL) to regional development, I endeavor to continue my research in these areas with the active involvement of students in projects related to these fields. I also offer consulting services in geo-technology to several reputed public and private organizations, which keeps my finger on the pulse of current topical concerns in the field of geography.
BCom, Andhra University
MPhil, MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University
PhD, Kent State University 1988
The department offers a BA or BS in Geography, and students may choose to concentrate their coursework under broad categories of physical geography, human geography, or environmental studies. We also offer a minor in geography. Our faculty members represent decades of experience in all of geography’s specialties and have worked, studied and taught not only in our immediate region but in scores of countries around the world.
Geography intersects with almost every other major field of study, and geographers work as educators, mapmakers, planners and project managers, environmental and natural resources consultants and executives, librarians, historic preservationists, guides and more.
For more information on programs see our Catalog.