In a ground-breaking achievement for Caribbean academia, Professor Simon Mitchell of the Department of Geography and Geology is the 2023 recipient of the 2023 W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award by The Geological Society of America (GSA). This marks the first time that a scholar from the Caribbean region has received this award. Prof. Mitchell, an outstanding researcher was recognized for his significant contributions to the field of Sedimentary Geology. The award includes a research stipend.
Twenty three years ago specialists in palaeontology from UWI visited a mine site with a fossil reef at Alcan Kirkvine Works several times to research, record and collect specimens, before the pit was reclaimed. Reclamation was a requirement under the mining law.
The Department of Geography and Geology congratulates Dr. Donovan Campbell, an expert Geographer on his promotion to Professor of Environmental Geography. He is among five academics promoted to the rank of Professor effective February 1, 2023.
Since his 2015 appointment as a Lecturer in the Department of Geography & Geology, Professor Campbell has risen steadily through the ranks to become one of the most internationally recognised climate change experts in the Caribbean. In reviewing his portfolio for promotion to Professor, one assessor summarized, “Dr Campbell is a productive scholar… active in applied research and policy work. His record shows that he has already brought considerable academic recognition to The University of the West Indies and promoted global knowledge of climate change in the wider Caribbean.”
Trained as an Environmental Geographer, Professor Campbell's publication record of distinguished, original work is outstanding and has garnered over 3000 citations. He has produced one book and 42 peer-reviewed academic papers and book chapters on the human dimensions of environmental change, marine and terrestrial food systems, and biodiversity conservation. He has authored 94 technical and policy reports and has delivered 56 conference and seminar presentations. Over the past 10 years, Professor Campbell has raised approximately US$14 million (JMD 2.1 billion) in funding.
Professor Campbell's science-policy work involves multiple appointments to intergovernmental scientific processes. These include his role as a Coordinating Lead Author for the recently launched Global Environment Outlook (GEO-7) of the United Nations, Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES), Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and one of 25 global experts currently leading the third cycle of the United Nations' World Oceans Assessment (WOA).
Professor Campbell provides regular environmental policy advice to governments across the Caribbean. He is an Expert on Mission for the United Nations and is a member of several Boards and scientific committees of national and regional significance. Professor Campbell serves as an Associate Editor for three reputable climate change journals: Climate Risk Management, Climate and Development, and the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management.
Professor Campbell holds a PhD in Geography from The University of the West Indies. He recently completed his tenure as Head of the Department of Geography & Geology and diligently continues his academic duties.
The other new Professors are: Dr Avril Williams promoted to Professor of Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanotechnology, Cave Hill Campus; Dr Sanjay Bahadoorsingh, promoted to Professor of Power Systems and Sustainable Energy, St. Augustine Campus; Dr Sandra Reid promoted to Professor of Public Health Psychiatry, St. Augustine Campus: Dr Mark Wuddivira promoted to Professor of Agri-Environmental Soil Physics, St. Augustine Campus. Their assessments included a detailed review the quantity and quality of candidates’ research, publications and other professional activities.
Aleem Mahabir and Kristinia Doughorty are the two winners of the 2022 Courtney Russell Award, co-sponsored by American Association of Geographers Caribbean Speciality and GIS Specialty Groups. Aleem's paper focused on psychosocial dispositions & exclusion in the Caribbean island of Trinidad while Kristinia's focused on the resilience of nutmeg agroecosystems in Grenada. Congratulations to both Aleem and Kristinia - Geographers Going Places!
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Dr. Arpita Mandal will deliver the captioned lecture on June 14, 2022 at the West Bengal State University at 11:00 am local time in Bengal.
Congratulations to Dr. Rose-Ann Smith on the recent publication of a children's book on hurricane formation, development and impacts. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle formats.
The Department of Geography and Geology mourns the passing of Emeritus Professor of Geography, David Barker. Prof. Barker arrived at the Mona Campus in 1980 from England, to teach agricultural geography. He had a Ph.D. awarded from Bristol University in 1976 and a Diploma in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Birmingham Prof Barker had a holistic outlook on the subject of geography always keeping a keen eye on the academic specialisation of staff ensuring that all aspects of the discipline were represented in the department - geomorphology, urban planning, development studies, agriculture, biogeography, tourism and cultural geography.
He served as Head of the Department of Geography in 1994-1996 and Head of the Department of Geography and Geology from 2005-2012. He was one of the first faces new students met, either at the registration table or as a first year course lecturer. His signature courses, Geographies of Development and Tropical Agriculture and Development are taught at Level II and III respectively. While most students were taught by David Barker at least once in their tenure in the department it is as postgraduate supervisor that David Barker truly shone. He supervised to completion some 6 MPhils and 10 PhDs. David Barker was promoted to Professor of Geography in 2005 and Emeritus Professor in 2015 on his retirement.
David Barker was all things geography. He was a Council Member of The Jamaican Geographical Society and served as its President from 2005 to 2010. He founded the journal Caribbean Geography in 1983 with Michael Morrissey and they co-edited the journal until 1990. He remained as sole Editor from 1991 until the time of his passing. Caribbean Geography was a labour of love that was his testament to the research and the academic pursuit of Geography in all its forms. Publication of an article in the journal was a rite of passage for all his graduate students.
David Barker along with Duncan McGregor initiated the British Caribbean Geography Seminar (BCGS) Series, which started in 1992 with a meeting at the Mona Campus. Five more conferences followed in the series, three of which were held at Mona in 1998, 2006 and 2014). In total, the BCGS series resulted in five peer-reviewed books published by The UWI Press (Barker & McGregor, 1995; McGregor, Barker & Lloyd Evans, 1998; Barker & McGregor, 2003; McGregor, Dodman & Barker, 2009; Barker, McGregor, Rhiney & Edwards, 2016), and several special issues of Caribbean Geography. Other notable publications include A Reader in Caribbean Geography co-edited with Carol Newby and Michael Morrissey; The Contemporary Caribbean co-authored with R. Bruce Potter, Dennis Conway and Thomas Klak and Issues in Caribbean Sustainable Development co-authored with Elizabeth Thomas-Hope.
His scholarship is highly regarded globally by professional organisations such as the UK Caribbean Studies Association and The American Association of Geographers in particular the Caribbean Geography Speciality Group. His passing represents a loss to the Department, the Mona Campus, Caribbean and wider global academic community however, his scholarship and publications are a permanent legacy that will be cherished with pride by the department he served so faithfully.
Jhannel Tomlinson and Ayesha Constable both graduates of the Department of Geography and Geology have joined forces to establish the Girls Climate Action for Resilience & Empowerment (GirlsCARE) programme.. The programme will initially benefit twenty-five young women in the Caribbean to develop their local and regional climate advocacy capacity and improve their global reach.
Dr. Birthwright was appointed a STeP (Science, Technology & Policy) Fellow on February 9, 2022. This appointment will support the establishment of the IAI Science Diplomacy Center through the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)
Anne-Teresa holds a BSc with a Major in Geology and a Minor in Geography (2012) and PhD in Geography (2019) from the Department of Geography and Geology in the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies, Mona. Her Ph.D. research in the Coffee industry and subsequent research is action-oriented targeting the development of solutions to reduce vulnerability, shape policy, and encourage sustainable livelihoods. She has worked with various local and regional multidisciplinary projects centered on reducing risk to climate change and improving the livelihoods of rural communities.
The Faculty of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Climate Change Division (Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate) joined the global platform to recognise all women working in and serving as advocates for Climate Change. PhD students, graduates and current staff of the Department of Geography and Geology are are among thirty (30) Caribbean women featured in this publication highlighting thought-leaders advocating for societal resilience to Climate Change.