Department News

Meet Your Majors!

Meet your majors flyer

Take a break and head down to Edith K. Hall for some free food and good company. You don’t want to miss it! See details on flyer.

UH Hilo Dept. of Geography and Environmental Science 2nd Guest Speakers Series Spring '23

Flyer for Christopher's Speaker Series

On behalf of the department, Assistant Professor Chris Knudson will be delivering a thought-provoking piece about his research on Maui on April 27. Don’t miss this amazing learning opportunity. See details on flyer.

Kanoa Lindiwe and Trina Henry present their East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 1 Mapping Poster at the 2023 Pacific Rim Geospatial Conference

Kanoa and Trina with their poster at the Conference

Kanoa Lindiwe and Trina Henry compiled and digitized work collectively done by UH Hilo students from Geographic Field Methods (GEOG 385), GIS & Visualization (GEOG 480), and Advanced Geospatial Techniques (GEOG 481) classes to create a cemetery plot map with remote viewing and accurate online historical records of each grave plot. To read about the details of their work, please view their poster in EKH 274.

UH Hilo Dept. of Geography and Environmental Science Guest Speakers Series Spring '23

Photos of Hawaii Island Landscapes and Vegetation

On behalf of UH Hilo Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Professor Jon Price delivered a though-provoking presentation about his research “Can Small Land Masses Help Us Answer Big Questions?” at the department's speaker series.

At the 2022 Pacific Geospatial Conference, UH Hilo graduate talked about empowering women in mapping.

Eeakeia Martin Tofinga and UHH  Professor Ryan Perroy at the Pacific Geospatial Conference 2022

Ueakeia Martin Tofinga, who obtained her bachelor’s degree in Geography at UH Hilo, shown here with Dr. Ryan Perroy, is the founder and former Chairperson of Kiribati Women in Mapping. Her work advocates the importance of mapping, while empowering women and inspiring young girls to pursue mapping.

UH Hilo Students End the Fall ’22 Semester with Holiday Cheer

UH Hilo Students Enjoying Cookies and Conversation

UH Hilo Geography and Environmental Science professors and majors celebrate the end of the semester with hot cocoa, homemade sugar cookies, and holiday cheer.

UH Students Participate in Walk for the Wild at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

Geography students at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

UH Hilo students participate in 5 km walk to celebrate 38 years of successful conservation restoration at the Friends of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The refuge was created to protect endangered forest birds and their habitat since 1985. Learn more about Halakau Forest NWR.

UH Hilo Geography Major Savanna Geiger Awarded Department's Annual Juvik Scholarship

Geography student Savanna Geiger with horses

Savanna Geiger won the Geography and Environmental Science Annual Juvik Scholarship for Geography. The Juvik Scholarship Award is for high achieving seniors within the department.

Congratulations Savanna!

UH Hilo Environmental Science Major Olivia Jarvis Awarded Department's Annual Juvik Scholarship

Environmental Science student Olivia Jarvis in front of a river

Olivia Jarvis won the Geography and Environmental Science Annual Juvik Scholarship for Environmental Science. The Juvik Scholarship Award is for high achieving seniors within the department.

Congratulations Olivia!

UH Hilo Geographer Ryan Perroy’s research on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death and feral pig presence is recognized in Hawaiʻi News

Lehua Blossom

UH Hilo professor Ryan Perroy publishes paper on spatial patterns of ʻŌhiʻa mortality associated with ungulate presence in Hawaiʻi forests. Learn more about Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death from the feature on Hawaiʻi News Now and read the paper published in Forests journal.

UH Hilo Environmental Science graduate Tyler Gerken has Master’s research published in Antibiotics

Tyler Gerken collecting water samples in Puna, Hawaiʻi

UH Hilo undergraduate, PIPES intern, and recent graduate from University of Washington School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences conducted research into the prevalence of antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus on Hawaiʻi’s shorelines. Read more about MRSA at Coastal Beaches and Rivers on Hawaiʻi Island.

Environmental Science major Olivia Jarvis is UH Hilo's first Conference Scholar Athlete of the year

Olivia Jarvis running for UH Hilo cross country

UH Hilo student Olivia Jarvis received the Pacific West Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year award in cross country running. Read more about Olivia Jarvis and the Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

UH Hilo Professor Michelle Shuey discusses empowering students through these difficult times of the Pandemic

Michelle Shuey with background of Hawaiʻi Island

Environmental geographer Michelle Shuey encourages students to focus on their education and feel empowered about what they can do for the environment during these difficult times. Read more about her shift into the online classroom environment.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

Hawaiʻi Community College and UH Hilo campus members share what Earth Day means to them

"Lā Honua-Earth Day 2020 Kauhale Video Project" shares testimonials from members of the Hawaiʻi Community College and UH Hilo communities about what Earth Day means to them. Watch the video.

Geography student maps the ahupuaʻa of Puna

Kaylyn and Drew holding up a map of ahupuaʻa

Geography student, Kaylyn Ells-Hoʻokano, co-created a map with mentor Drew Kapp of the Puna ahupuaʻa district. The work honors traditional details including original names and ways of understating the landscape. Learn more about her project.

UH Hilo student Jesse Tabor researches native and nonnative bee habitats in Hawaiʻi

Jesse Tabor working on his research in the lab

Geography student Jesse Tabor and mentor Jonathan Koch examine habitat ranges of Hawaiʻi's native and nonnative bee populations. This is continuing research from his summer internship with the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES). Read more about Jesse's research.

Environmental Science major explores other fields including global language revitalization and documentary film making

Environmental Science student Zoë Whitney

Inspired by her performing arts class, UH Hilo student Zoë Whitney decided to create a documentary based on the movement to revitalize indigenous languages globally. Read more about her film and other language revitalization efforts at UH Hilo.

Geographer Ryan Perroy explains use of drones and mapping technology in his Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research

Ryan Perroy explaining his research

UH Hilo professor Ryan Perroy explains the innovative technology used in his award-winning Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research. Watch the video.

UH Hilo Geographer Ryan Perroy wins prize for Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research

Ryan Perroy wins prize for Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death research

Geographer Ryan Perroy wins The ʻŌhiʻa Challenge for his exciting and innovative research used in detecting the spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. Read more about his research and the competition.

UH Hilo students utilize advanced visualization techniques for applicable scientific data

Research assistant Erica Ta works on converting data sets to visualized images

The geography, art and computer science department collaborated on a data visualization course. This course offers students a dynamic and hands-on classroom while spreading awareness of the environmental issues facing Hawaiian ecosystems. Learn more about this course.