People. Place. Planet.
Reimagine Your World within the Department of Geography
Welcome to Geography at Trent - celebrating 45 years of excellence in teaching and scholarship that matters to people, places and environments worldwide.
Considering studying Geography at Trent?
"What I like most about geography is the diversity of the discipline, from subjects like geology to urban planning, geography influences everything. What sets geography at Trent apart from other universities is a field work component associated with almost every class. Everywhere you look in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, there is evidence of physical processes and this area is part of a rural urban fringe. You couldn't find a better place to learn geography than Trent."
Legacy Project: Ethan McDonald, Honours student in Geography
Geographer bridging gap science and stakeholders.
Geography and ERS professor Raul Ponce-Hernandez is preoccupied with the transfer of
knowledge. Profiled in Trent's Showcase Magazine, “There is a huge information gap between what scientists know, and
what the public and policy-makers know, regarding the impacts of climate
change,” says the professor of Environmental and Resource Studies and Geography.
As a member of a working group of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,
Professor Ponce- Hernandez has viewed climate change scenarios, some of which he
describes as dire. “Although there is a band of uncertainty to these scenarios,
and they may be unpleasant and scary for some, it’s important that people know
about these things so we can figure out how to adapt to the changes that will
occur.” That’s why Prof. Ponce-Hernandez is excited about the prototype online
tool he and his students have developed for mapping climate change impacts on
agriculture in Ontario. It represents a useful example of how scientific
knowledge can be made available to practitioners to help them understand the
impacts of climate change and to help them make appropriate policy decisions.
The Climate Change Mapper takes sophisticated calculations from general
circulation models of the atmosphere and down scales them to one kilometer
square areas along with local estimates of rainfall, evaporation, and
temperature. Using crop growth models, it maps out crop growth and crop yields,
to predict how they will be affected by future changes in the climate. The tool
allows the user to choose from different climate change scenarios – benign,
medium, and severe – to view a range of possible outcomes, along with a level of
Retired Geography Professors headline local news.
Geography Professors Emeritus Fred Helleiner and Alan Brunger were recently featured in the Trent Hills Independent (pgs B5 & B11). Helleiner's new book For the Birds: Recollections and Rambles received a positive review. Brunger (pictured here) was featured in a story about his recent public lecture on Anti-Submarine Boats and the Trent-Severn Waterway for the Trent Hills Probus Club.
Trent Geographer wins Lifetime Award for Conservation.
On the occasion of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's(CPAWS) 50th anniversary celebration at the National Museum
of Nature in Ottawa on October 23rd, Past President and Harkin Committee Chair
Sherri Watson presented the organization’s J.B. Harkin award to Geography Professor Emeriti John Marsh for his lifetime service to Canadian wilderness
conservation. Congratulations John!
Human geographer attends Arctic Circle meetings.
Geography Professor Heather Nicol was one of 1200 participants at the Arctic Circle meetings in
Reykjavik, Iceland, Oct 11-13. She presented a paper on Canada's Arctic to to
the international audience at the invitation of Iceland's President Ólafur
Ragnar Grímsson and the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.
Urban & Regional Planning students visit Toronto.
Urban and Regional Planning (GEOG 3710) students recently traveled to Toronto
to see waterfront and post-industrial urban redevelopment in action. Waterfront
Toronto led students through an extensive behind the scenes tour of the new
George Brown campus, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common, as well as the Lower
Donlands redevelopment that includes Underpass Park (pictured below), Corktown
Common, the Pan Am athletes village. Later students participated in a tour of
the Evergreen Brickworks. The field trip provides students with an exposure to
partnership based urban development projects in large cities and experiential
learning experience to compliment in-class learning.
Geographer to lead new Trent Centre for Aging & Society.
Geography Professor Mark Skinner has been named Director of the new Trent Centre for Aging & Society. The Centre has featured prominently in the University's agenda for forward-thinking research innovations. The mission of the new Centre is to provide interdisciplinary academic leadership in advocating for the diversity of the aging experience, challenging ageist policies and practices, and providing expertise for
understanding and planning for aging communities.
Geography courses start off "in the field".
Field-based learning is integral to the Trent Geography program. GEOG 3100H Geography of Peterborough & the Kawarthas, pictured below, featured a regional field trip in early September to introduce upper-year students to potential research opportunities in the region.
Trent geography students, faculty in Lakefield, Ontario
Honours thesis research presented at conference.
Wes Greenwood (Geography BSc '12) presented his honours thesis research at the 70th Eastern Snow conference in Huntsville. His poster was entitled: "Snow, soil frost and land cover relationship on the Oak Ridges Moraine, souther Ontario: implications for topographisally-focused groundwater recharge. Wes is currently completing his MSc in the Environmental and Life Sciences (ENLS) program.