Today is:

Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability at SUNY Oneonta
317 Milne Library
(607) 436-3459
Fax: (607) 436-3438

Dr. Wendy Lascell

Jill Stafford

Like us on




Interested in the annual service-learning course that includes a trip to New Orleans?
It is time to fill out an application!

Due Sunday 10/22/17, by 11PM.
Email the application to Dr. Lascell.  

Please read the information provided below!

Applications emailed after this date/time will only be considered if the spots are not filled.

Information about this opportunity:

  • Week-long trip to New Orleans to participate in volunteer work in the efforts to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and mitigate impacts from the next disaster.
    • Wetland restoration, neighborhood beautification, greenhouse work, community gardens, and other projects
  • Occurs the week prior to spring break for 8 nights. February 24th to March 4th 2018. You will need to get permission from your professors to take a week out of class time.
  • Trip is fully funded for students (airfare, van rental, gas, lodging, meals at the housing site)
  • What will you have to pay for? A $100 fee/donation to help fund future trips, food while traveling, any meals eaten off-site, baggage fees if you check a bag, souvenirs, miscellaneous costs
  • A scholarship is available for those unable to pay the $100 fee. It is based on financial need.
  • Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Lascell and CSRC Director Linda Drake
  • There is a course associated with this trip, and you will have to register for it, called Disaster Geographies
  • Application process is competitive. We are selecting 10 students. We may ask you to come in for an in-person “interview”
  • You do not have to be a Geography or ENVS major to apply.
  • In the past, the pre-requisite has been GEOG 233 or GEOG 232. We are offering an alternative if you do not have the pre-requisite course! Talk to Dr. Lascell about this!

Dr. Tyra Olstad publishes creative non-fiction essay

Tyra A. Olstad, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, published a creative non-fiction essay in the Spring 2017 print edition of “The Hopper”, an environmental literary magazine from Green Writers
Press ( Olstad’s essay, “Topophilia”, expands upon humanist geographer Yi-Fu Tuan’s notion of topophilia — love of place — to describe how relationships with wild landscapes can become crucial parts of personal identity.

Wendy Lascell, Renee B. Walker, and James Zians attend American Association of Colleges and Universities annual meeting

Wendy Lascell (Geography & Environmental Sustainability), Renee B. Walker (Anthropology), and James Zians (Psychology) attended the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ annual meeting in San Francisco, CA from January 25-28. They attended to gather information on enhancing high impact practices on campus and to investigate applied learning opportunities for students. They will be presenting information gathered at the meeting to their departments, the School of Social Science and the campus later this spring.

Dr. Trevor Fuller Collaborates Study Abroad Course wtih NEFU

In early September Trevor Fuller, Assistant Professor in the Geography and Environmental Sustainability Department, traveled to Yakutsk, Russia to develop a Siberian study abroad field course for SUNY students.  Trevor is collaborating with Geography and Indigenous Studies colleagues based at North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk, Russia.  The study abroad course will take place next summer.  In addition to constructing an itinerary for the Siberian study abroad course, Trevor and his colleagues discussed the establishment of a future COIL project between SUNY students and students from NEFU.  Finally, Trevor continues to collaborate with his Siberian colleagues on research regarding perceptions and adaptations of indigenous populations to climate change in the region.  This work has been made possible by a Faculty Research Grant (2014) and a StAR Grant (2016).

Service learning course students publish photodocumentary

Students who took service learning course Geography 294: Disaster Geographies of Post-Katrina New Orleans published a photodocumentary to YouTube showing their involvement with non-profit organization Common Ground Relief. Watch the video here.

Dr. Wendy Lascell presents at Binghamton University

Dean's Speaker Series
Dr. Wendy Lascell of SUNY Oneonta presented on the topic of hazard mitigation on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in LH07 as part of the Dean's Speaker Series organized by the Department of Geography. The title of the presentation was:Restoration or Despair? New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Lascell is an Assistant Professor of Geography at SUNY Oneonta. Her research interests include natural hazards, coastal zone management, and medical geography. She has conducted field research in Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Maine and is currently working on a project involving local communities in Peru. Dr. Lascell's work incorporates aerial photography and geographic information systems to improve geographic literacy among students and the community.

Dr. Tyra A. Olstad published essay in new GeoHumanities journal

Tyra A. Olstad, Geography Department and Environmental Science Program, published a creative non-fiction essay in the inaugural issue of GeoHumanities, a journal dedicated to cross-disciplinary scholarship and creative work. In “An Island, a Heron, Jim Harrison, and I: Reading Poetry in Place,” Olstad describes how her experience exploring a remote corner of Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska illuminates her experience reading Jim Harrison’s collection of poems, In Search of Small Gods, and, in turn, demonstrates how poetry and other literary arts can enhance sense of place and place-identity.

The abstract for the article is at GeoHumanities:
"Although many researchers discuss the ways in which poetry and other literary arts can illuminate and influence readers’ perceptions of landscapes and places, few consider the reverse effect—how a reader’s immediate environment can enhance his or her understanding of a text. This creative nonfiction essay interweaves descriptions of the author’s experience in a remote corner of Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska with analysis of the themes from Jim Harrison’s collection In Search of Small Gods, intending to question notions of “appropriate” literature, explore interaction between place-identity and poetry, and show how the rhythms of the real world—birds coming, birds going; tide out, tide in—can bring the written word to life."

Dr. Trevor Fuller Contributes Chapter to a Book

Trevor Fuller, Geography and Environmental Science, contributed a chapter to the book, Urban Sustainability: Policy and Praxis 

He used an environmental justice framework to examin how effective policies and practices are, or have been in producing ‘sustainable development’ or a ‘sustainable community’. Trevor assesses the City of Indianapolis’ efforts to transform a historically disadvantaged environmental justice community into a ‘sustainable community’ and examines environmental justice within the city as a means by which to evaluate ‘sustainable development’. Additionally, Trevor uses Geo-technologies (i.e., GIS) to provide a visualization of the potential environmental risks (and amenities) within the city’s neighborhoods. The risk of a redevelopment approach rooted in economic conceptions of sustainability as opposed to social and environmental conceptions will likely produce a narrowly ‘sustainable’, but broadly gentrified community.