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Aleem Mahabir and Kristinia Doughorty are joint winners of the 2022 Courtney Russell Award from the AAG

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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August 01, 2022

Hydrological Modelling for Flood Risk in Jamaica Under Impacts of Climate Change

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.

June 08, 2022

Dr. Rose-Ann Smith publishes new children's book on hurricanes

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. 

May 14, 2022

In Memoriam - Emeritus Professor David Barker

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.

March 25, 2022

Department of Geography and Geology Graduates Establish Climate Change Mentorship Programme - GirlsCARE

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. 

March 25, 2022

Anne-Teresa Birthwright appointed STeP (Science, Technology & Policy) Fellow

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.

March 23, 2022

International Women’s Day: FST Celebrates Jamaican Women in Climate Change

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.

March 15, 2022

JAWiC Strengthens the Capacity of Women Coffee Farmers in Penlyne Castle, St. Thomas, Jamaica

The JaWIC project with objectives to connect women in coffee, to recognize women’s contributions to the industry, and to empower a sustainable future where women have equal access to resources and the benefits of their labour recently closed. Links to a YouTube feature and full length feature are shared below. The project was led by Dr. Rose-Ann Smith and Dr. Anne-Teresa Birthwright Department of Geography and Geology Lecturer and Graduate respectively.

February 18, 2022

Dr. Donovan Campbell among worldwide authors of "Global stocktake of human adaptation to climate change"

Dr Donovan Campbell, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Geography and Geology at the Mona Campus and Dr Aidan Farrell, Senior Lecturer in Plant Physiology, Department of Life Sciences at the St Augustine Campus, are among a global network of researchers who have coauthored and published a Global Stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. 
Dr Donovan Campbell noted, “This is the first paper to systematically investigate whether we are on track to adapt sufficiently to climate change. This was a massive undertaking involving more than a hundred global scholars which meant that the analysis benefitted from a wide range of perspectives and experiences. We are encouraged by the range of adaptation actions across communities, nations, and sectors to respond to multiple climate hazards. However, most of these actions were found to be incremental and insufficient to deal with severe climate change impacts.”
Read more about the study here:  Berrang-Ford, L., Siders, A.R., Lesnikowski, A. et al. A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11, 989–1000 (2021).
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December 23, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Rose-Ann Smith - Successful completion of the CUTL

Dr. Rose-Ann Smith was one of four membrs of staff of the Faculy of Science and Technology that included Andrea Goldson-Barnaby (Chemistry), Phillipa Bennett (Computing) and Mr. Barrington Brevitt (Physics) in Cohort 10 of graduates who were awarded Certificates in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) at a graduation ceremony held on November 5, 2021.
Dr. Smith joins her colleague Dr. Thera Edwards of Cohort 9 as a graduate of the CUTL, a flagship development programme for faculty of The University of the West Indies.
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December 23, 2021


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