About the Department

Contact and Location:

Department of Geography & Spatial Sciences


216 Pearson Hall
125 Academy Street
Newark, DE 19716

The Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) provides a unique spatial perspective that seeks to explain patterns of differences and commonality across the human and natural environment. Housed within the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE), the Department has nationally and internationally recognized faculty engaged in cutting-edge research and offering exciting educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Located in Pearson Hall on the Newark campus, the Department includes 17 faculty members working in four primary research areas: GIScience and Environmental Data Analytics, Hydrology, Meteorology and Climatology, and Political Ecology. It provides the majority of CEOE’s undergraduate majors and offers graduate study in climatology and geography. Learn more on the pages within the Department’s menu, or visit individual faculty members’ pages for detailed information on their research interests.


The Department houses the University's Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis (CEMA), the Office of the Delaware State Climatologist and the Delaware Center for Geographic Education, an organization of teachers and educators working to strengthen geographic learning in Delaware's K-12 classrooms and advance geographic literacy throughout the state. Read more


Facilities include laboratories for cartography, microclimatology, biogeography, geographic information science and computer analysis. The Department is well-equipped with microclimatic and other fieldwork instrumentation and workstations and related peripherals for GIS and remote sensing work. The Department also maintains high-end UNIX servers for modeling and data analysis, good connections to university-wide computing resources, and connections to SURA-Grid for supercomputing needs. Read more