Our faculty, staff and students make news with their research, initiatives, and expert perspectives. In addition to the stories on this page, here's a collection of media reports that feature our school community.



ASU geography assistant professor leads 15-day ocean research voyage incorporating Native traditions into Western climate research
Phoenix works with ASU researchers to test whether a light-colored pavement coating makes a difference

For many students in Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, learning goes on all year-ro

Deadly floods have been submerging towns and cities across the globe, washing away people’s livelihoods and raising questions about why there are still so many people dying from catastrophic

Research aims to improve understanding of changing Arctic landscapes with geospatial artificial intelligence

Across the scientific community, the repeated testing of studies has always been central to progress.


Students worked with the community to reveal new insights into the state of affordable housing for the city of Peoria

Erinanne Saffell, a senior lecturer in Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, remember

New study published in Nature shows growth in the proportion of population exposed to floods is 10 times higher than previous studies

Elizabeth Larson was 21 when she first traveled abroad as an undergraduate student on a college winter immersion trip to Yucatán, the Mexican state known for its Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean beache

The undergraduates will study in Canada for the 2021–22 academic year


Influential cartographer Barbara Trapido-Lurie retires after 34 years


AZ state climatologist Nancy Selover retires after more than 20 years educating and advising local and state communities

As normalcy begins to come back into our lives, what habits that we adopted during the pandemic are we most likely to continue?

Every new academic year brings new faces to the university.

Recently published study uses drone data to identify and 3D map invasive vegetation species with unprecedented detail


Australian researchers recently reported a sharp decline in the abundance of coral along the Great Barrier Ree

ASU geography program recognized for 3rd time in past 4 years, showcasing successful research environment
ASU research reveals new insights that can play a critical role in rethinking conservation priority
New research works to refine using pollen in forensic applications

As a Phoenix-area native, Kendra Ellner has seen the Valley’s urbanization change before her eyes.

Julia Marturano believes in “good accidents.” Originally having entered Arizona State University to become a broadcast journalist, Marturano was enrolled in the university’s 

B. L. Turner II, Regents Professor in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, was elected to the prestigious American Philosophical Society.

By the end of his freshman year, Michael "Colin" Marvin was hooked.


Just over a year ago, governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders, significantly changing day-to-day lives in an instant.

The School community leverages strengths in pursuit of a more equitable and inclusive future
ASU researchers develop new spatial model for strategically choosing the location of urban community gardens
10 researchers from across disciplines at ASU on how the pandemic will affect work in their fields going forward

When rain began falling in northern Georgia on Sept. 15, 2009, little did Atlantans know that they would bear witness to epic flooding throughout the city.


ASU’s Student Planning Association (SPA) received second place in the 2021 Planning Student Organization awards for best student-led planning group, besting

Matei Georgescu, associate professor in Arizona State University’s School of Geo

Colleges and universities are vital for driving local economies for many U.S. cities.

Allen Coral Atlas provides data insights and actionable steps to preserving reef systems around the world


Arnold Chi Kedia is a firm believer in faith. Meeting life's challenges with an enthusiasm and contagious optimism, he believes that things happen as they are meant to. 

Haunani Kane was raised at the base of Olomana in the coastal community of Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, where she practiced traditi

The days of ride-alongs and shadowing professionals have taken a pause in our current virtual world.



Students explore creative geography storytelling through literature and film

The summer of 2020 was one of racial reckoning for America.

Keith Morphis is a model of possibility.

ASU faculty rise to the occasion, finding ways to engage students virtually

Daniel Laufer almost never learned about urban planning.


New ‘video game’ style lab uses avatars to transport students around the globe and teach them about the natural world

David Pijawka, professor emeritus of sustainable planning in Arizona State University's

Dylan Connor's father worked as a house painter while his mother tended to their home and family, one that included six boys.

New research combines mobility patterns, social distancing data and social vulnerability data

To date, reproducibility and replicability (R&R) have received limited attention within geography.

Researchers conducted in-depth analysis on Phoenix, London, Sydney, and Pune, India.


Joint research uses new satellite data and geospatial technologies to make evidence-based decisions.
Redesigned data repository makes critical Arizona geographic information more accessible for state, local organizations
Projects to investigate COVID-19 research credibility and food insecurities

Margaret Tueller is a visual learner with a curious mind.

SGSUP researcher to play key role in $5M NSF multi-institutional research grant to create ‘knowledge graph’

Arizona State University students now have more opportunities to pursue a master’s degree in less time and with less financial commitment.


Added faculty expertise spans sustainable food access, changing urbanisms, geographies of race and gender, and multi-scale conservation efforts.
17 ASU Master in Urban and Environmental Planning alumni and faculty awarded honorable mention by the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association
ASU faculty publish article on history, significance of Beth Hebrew in Phoenix

In today’s world of big data, billions of data points are collected every day via smartphone apps, fitness trackers, and wearables about our decisions, habits and travel patterns.

As cities consider creating more bicycle lanes and other infrastructure to support riders in their local neighborhoods, city officials and planners must first review any potential impacts cha

Sana Rizwan aspires to use her education to produce truly inclusive urban spaces and eliminate inequalities seen in urban communities around the world.


Recently published research explores new insights into how universities can engage their communities to ensure strong relationships and investments with mutually beneficial outcomes.
ASU faculty and staff group is working to bring new educational opportunities to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Hawaiian communities.
Over the next century, climate change and population growth will subject more people to dangerous heat and cold.
Associate Professor Deirdre Pfeiffer explains the strengths of the AFFH and her concerns about its repeal


For Master Sgt. Ryan Gleason, earning his diploma was the conclusion of a two-decade-long collegiate journey, one characterized by adversity, persistence and the belief in himself that one day he would finish what he started.
Randy Cerveny, president's professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is chief rapporteur of climate extremes for the World Meteorological Organization
ASU’s Geography program is ranked 24th in the world and 4th in the nation by Shanghai Ranking.
ASU alumnus Ian Dowdy is the recipient of the inaugural School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Community Practitioner Award
Researchers in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning are studying changes in the American public and the future impacts COVID-19 can have on individual lives.


ASU researcher verifies two new world records of lightning flashes
A multidisciplinary team of ASU researchers received funding from the National Science Foundation to use data from various neighboring geographical locations to help model the spread of COVID-19.

As clouds and scattered thunderstorms loomed above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the morning of May 30, the entire nation looked to the sky unsure if a second attempt at the SpaceX Crew

Over the past 200 years, the population of the United States has grown more than 40-fold to an estimated 328 million, with 81% of the population living in an urban area.


Murals of Phoenix gives artists a platform to share their work.
After more than 35 years, David Pijawka, sustainable planning professor, is retiring as full-time faculty, but his legacy and impact remain on ASU, his students, and the communities he continues to serve.

More than 100 faculty, staff, students and alumni from Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

It’s important to Beth Freelander that the future of planning is inclusive, and she plans to use her voice and education to ensure that it happens.  

In an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus, more countries are exploring the use of a wide range of technologies for the purpose of digital contact tracing, that is, leveraging personal d


Asner lent his expertise in ecology, remote sensing and climate change during an all-day Ask Me Anything session

Max Wyman, an Arizona State University alumnus and former faculty member who earned his PhD in geography in 1994, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2020 Social Science Distinguish

Earlier this month, geographers from around the globe congregated online for the first-ever virtual American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting.

Amy Berry is graduating this May with a bachelor of arts in geography and a double minor in sustainability and urban planning.

As Hannah Trostle prepares for graduation this May with a Master of Urban and

In these unprecedented times, Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning has remained steady in our service to our students.


The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning faculty, staff and students use skills and creativity to support one another amid COVID-19
After 45 years, Pat Gober will be retiring from SGSUP full-time faculty to focus on research and professional service projects.


The MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday announced that two Arizona State University projects are among the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100.

In preparation for its annual meeting, the American Association of Geographers, a global network of leading researchers, educators and practitioners in geography, recognized a select group of indiv

ASU alumni couple Brian and Leah Swanton's love for each other and the institution that brought them together inspired the creation of a new endowment for urban planning students starting fall 2020.
Students in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the lead geographer of the U.S. census.


Even with the odds stacked against him, graduate student Jayvion Chee never lost sight of his childhood dream to return home and use his education to benefit the Navajo Nation.

From working to save Hawaiian coral reefs during the 2019 Pacific ocean warming event to empowering hundreds of students and researchers with data from the largest constellation of satellites

Researchers have long understood that corruption and illicit activity play a role in global environmental and sustainability change, but due to its hidden and dangerous nature, quantifying th

Apache Junction, Arizona — a city of approximately 42,000 residents on the eastern outskirts of the metro Phoenix area — has a complicated relationship with its 125 mobile home and RV parks.



Geography Ph.D. candidate Peter Crank traveled to Madrid, Spain to represent the school at UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

A picture of a crying child with a boot pressed against his face is frightening.

Whether it’s finding ways to make cities more livable, or studying how human activity impacts the natural worl


A new research study has revealed that larval fish species from various ocean habitats are now being threatened by plastic pollution that infects their nursery habitats — at levels on average


The American Geographical Society (AGS) has announced that Dr.

An expert in remote sensing and GIScience, Soe Myint has been selected as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies to invest

Over the summer, Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning invited seven students to participate in the inaugural Urban Equity

A community garden occupies a diminutive dirt lot in Phoenix.


Weather is active, moving and constantly changing. It's intriguing to watch as storms develop on the horizon.

From a project focused on mobile home parks to work with indigenous communities, members from the Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning were recognized for the

Earth is enormous, and while humans have done a decent job of being able to map out the boundaries of countries and states, the roads in our cities and the location of geological sightseeing destin

From nonprofit and industry work to professorships and research, forging a career after graduate school isn’t always straightforwa


If all goes as planned, one day this October a spacecraft the size of jumbo loaf of bread will leave from Wallops, V

Editor's note: Be sure to check back on ASU Now for this developing story, and the website 

Each year, the city of Tempe recognizes one individual or organization as a “Bike Hero” — highlighting the work being done in the community to increase awareness and promoting bicycling as a viable


When an earthquake or a tsunami strikes, aid groups and rescue teams begin assessing emergency needs right away. But other crises are harder to quantify.

Recently, the culture is moving to change transportation habits for both health and environmental benefits.


The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has officially evaluated temperature record extremes of 54.0 C (129.2 F) at two locations, one in Mitribah, Kuwai

For professionals involved in geospatial science — an area of study related to geography — it is standard operating procedure to help answer the question, “Where are we?”  


One of the surest signs that spring has sprung is the abundance of fresh blooms sprouting from greenery everywhere.

The unseasonably temperate weather in the Phoenix metropolitan area this spring may have everyone scratching their heads, but rest assured, heat will always be a concern in the Valley whose name pa

Arizona State University officials announced this week that a multimillion dollar, ASU-led research project for the Department of Defense is underway to find methods for using the distinctive genet

As part of the largest academic body at Arizona State University, faculty in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences inter

Each year, geographers from around the country and the world gather for the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commencement.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for


There have been five mass extinctions in the history of the Earth.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2019 commen

For most people, the thought of Greece may elicit images of sandy beaches and beautiful buildings cascading toward the shore, but for Matei Georgescu, Greece means the opportunity to expand his res

The success of illegal drug trafficking through wider and wider swaths of Central America is a consequence of law enforcement activity to curtail it, according to new research published in the


A team of Arizona State University scientists has been using the latest space technology, combined with ground measurements, to assess the health of one of the nation’s most important sources of un

How much of Phoenix's total land is made up of parking spaces?


An English master’s student, a business sophomore and an urban planning undergrad walk into a classroom. There is no punchline here, and they are all in the right place.

David King, assistant professor, examines the connection between car ownership and income opportunities in a new research paper titled “

You could say Stewart Fotheringham is where he is now because of a dogged preoccupation with that perennial question of the human condit


In preparation for its annual meeting, the American Association of Geographers has named its 2019 Fellows.

On a February morning in 1998, tragedy struck the Bailey family and Arizona State University.



Less than a month after being named Regents’ Professor, the highest honor bestowed to faculty at Arizona State University, Stewart Fotheringham has another honor to add to his list of acclaims.

In the late 1990s, the University of Pennsylvania had a problem: The neighborhood surrounding the university was unsafe.

With a hometown known for a booming urban center, it is not much of a surprise that Hanan Alhashmi decided to pursue an education that could benefit its development.


Regents’ Professors are the elite of the academic world.

The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association recently held their annual conference, during which members from Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planni

The near-term future of Earth is one of a warming planet, as urban expansion and greenhouse gas emissions stoke the effects of climate c


Artificial intelligence and cooling atoms is just a glimpse into the topics of discussion when the greatest minds in computer science and mathematics get together.

Greg Asner and Robin Martin, both scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., will join ASU's faculty in Jan

Moist air rises from the Amazon river basin, colliding with Saharan dust blown over the Atlantic.


In 2015, world leaders agreed to establish 17 goals to achieve a better world by 2030. An end to poverty and hunger. Clean water and energy. Gender equality and decent work.

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announced the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession.


It is nearly impossible to drive down a city street without seeing a car with a fuzzy pink mustache or sticker in the front window.

Karina Benessaiah, a recent PhD in geography graduate from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been named a 2018 Banting Fellow.

As the new school year approaches, it kicks off with great news for Martin Pasqualetti who has been named as this year’s distinguished alumnus by the University of California, Riverside’s Alumni As


Challenges to our planet can overwhelmingly command the headlines: climate change, massive population increases, dwindling resources.

It’s predicted to be 116 degrees in Tempe on Tuesday. Scorching.

The availability of water from underground aquifers is vital to the basic needs of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, including those of us who live in the western United States.

As large swaths of the country grapples with drought, a new book looks to how to build resiliency in unsure times.

As the summer temperatures continue to heat up, the most vulnerable citizens in our communities are at risk of succumbing to the ill effects of heat exposure.


Weather wonk Randy Cerveny talks haboobs, monsoons and the two ingredients needed for storms during the summer
ASU professor says temperatures on the rise due to climate change, heat island effect

Nighttime in Phoenix is getting hotter, and it’s not just Old Town Scottsdale's nightlife scene.

SGSUP Professor Soe Myint delivered a message this May at the 129th graduation ceremony of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), a Thailand-based university that's known for its international ch


Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning recently underwent the accreditation process for the school’s Master of Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) degree

A fund established by former AAG President J. Warren Nystrom supports an annual prize for a paper based upon a recent dissertation in geography. There were 4 finalists in this year’s competition.

Gabriel Leon, who is graduating this semester from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning with a double major in geograp


Michelle Stuhlmacher, PhD student in geography, has been selected for the prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

Mark Hildebrandt has been selected as a candidate to the prestigious Fulbright Specialist roster of the U.S.

Last year, USA Today and the Arizona Republic set out to publish a comprehensive story based on the US-Mexico border and the impact a complete border wall may have on the people, economies and anim

This week, geographers from across the country are heading to New Orleans for the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG).


Student planners with Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning are raking in the accolades leading up to the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans.

In recent years, the term “tipping point” has gained major popularity as a way to describe a critical point in time where a change is about to take place.

SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket –  the world's most powerful present-day launcher – successfully sent a Tesla sports car into orbit on Tuesday, February 6.


Social media can be extremely useful when you have something to shout from the rooftops — like, say, groundbreaking research — and indeed, many scholars regularly use it so.

How many bicycles pass through Arizona State University's Tempe campus on a daily basis? How about each year?

Doing what's safe may be easy, but sometimes taking a chance can make all the difference.

As the calendar year drew to a close, two researchers with Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning received great news ab



The growing discipline of geographical information sciences, or GIScience, is receiving renewed focus at Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences

Last month, the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning hosted a special workshop to introduce students to Google Earth Engine and its geospatial analysis capabilities.

Taylor Oshan, who graduated this week with his PhD in Geography, was recognized during the commencement ceremonies as an "Outstanding Graduate." Oshan has been a dedicated student and researcher du

It’s easy to imagine the future careers of planning students to take place in big cities or even small towns.


As the year draws to a close, Stewart Fotheringham, ASU Foundation Professor with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, will be able to mark 2017 off as a banner year.

Growing up in Illinois, the Norman family would gather their chairs and sit with the garage door open, looking out over the neighborhood as storms would roll in.

In recognition of decades’ worth of service to teaching and research, Professor David Pijawka has been awarded the Distinguished Professional Planner Award by the American Planning Association’s Ar


Growing up in the cold Northeast, Paul Padegimas did not think much about what the desert could offer until he was looking at graduate programs.

ASU receives grant from Department of Commerce to study the question, work on economically and culturally smart solutions

Catyana Falsetti, a graduate planing student at Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, spent the summer at the United Nations in New York City as part of the


Part of Gannett's epic 'Border Wall' project, it's the most complete and up-to-date map of the US-Mexico boundary in existence

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma decimated Florida and the Houston area with destructive winds and torrential rains. These intense hurricanes leave everyone drained, but there is more.

At the beginning of the year, Arizona State University publicly launched 

ASU professor's research is on extreme weather; says recent powerful storms don't necessarily point to climate change

ASU transportation expert shares thoughts on the handling of evacuations in Florida


Six alumni, who graduated from the largest and most diverse college at Arizona State University, have joined forces to create a renewed sense of pride in their alma mater. 

Researchers say factors like plane size and boarding method can have a huge impact on infection rates


Anna Wanless, a meteorology-climatology undergraduate at Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, was awarded the 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis

Young minds are often capable of rising to remarkably difficult intellectual challenges. We just have to give them the opportunity to surprise us.


Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is proud to announce that the school’s Master of Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) program is gaining in national


Ray Henkel, a much-beloved professor of geography at ASU for 29 years, passed away on March 11, 2017 at age 86.

Will this week’s high temperatures in Phoenix make it into the record book? Can we top 122 degrees Fahrenheit?


Any traveler passing through San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs, California will remember the sight of hundreds of wind turbines arrayed across the landscape.  Nearby, solar and geothermal install

In an Arizona summer, the best parking spot is not the one by the door. It’s the one a quarter-mile away under a tree.

Cocaine trafficking in Central America, a long-known and often discussed topic, is having a surprising impact – shrinking tropical forests.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms.

After dropping out of college, Scott Lau knew he needed to earn a degree, and he was drawn to Arizona State University not only because of the flexibility but also the prestige.


Amanda Bayham grew up with a paintbrush in her hand. “My parents have kept every piece of art I’ve done since I was probably about 2 years old,” she said.


Fifth-grader Aditya Narayanan knew that a dinosaur tail with feathers was discovered in a mine in Myanmar and that the world’s largest marine protection area is off the coast of Antarctica in the R

Geography trivia: What building is at 33.4 degrees longitude north and 111.9 degrees latitude west?

Researchers often look at how people experience water issues in their communities, but these studies are usually focused on a single region.

Trisalyn Nelson, Foundation Professor and director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has be

Sure, Google maps can get you where you’re going faster — but it can also help create a healthier, more sustainable city.

Arizona State University has been more of a tech hub than ever, with tricked-out cars cruising under the Tempe campus' University Bridge while young men nearby lug gadget-heavy backpac

Sure, Google maps can get you where you’re going faster — but it can also help create a healthier, more sustainable city.

The World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday new verified, record high temperatures in Antarctica, an area once described as “the last place on Earth.” The temperatures range from the


Stewart Fotheringham, University Foundation professor of computational spatial science in Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and distinguished scientist i

Ariane Middel, a faculty affiliate of the Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC) and Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, was recently elected

This fall, Clark University hosted a special lecture by two of its alumni, Dr. David Pijawka and Dr. Judy Dworkin.


Stretching across the southernmost U.S. states, Interstate-10 is an east-west artery connecting people, cities and economies from sea to shining sea.

The green energy story tends to be rosy: Costa Rica runs entirely on renewables! Portugal runs on wind for four days! Germany comes within 90 percent of its energy needs on a May day in 2016!

We all know that GIS maps help people visualize and communicate information in powerful ways, and the online Story Map application is a great way to p

Water management and drought forecasting traditionally meant physically measuring surface water or groundwater, but Arizona State University researchers are tackling the problem in a new way: from

Matei Georgescu uses a lot of data in his research, studying how a changing landscape can affect local climate and resources.

Imagine New York without cabs or Beijing without bikes. Imagine city neighborhoods without roads or buses. Now imagine ordering a T-shirt online and having it delivered via flying drone.

As Phoenix continues to sprawl toward Tucson, urban planners are working to prevent the entire 100-mile corridor between Arizona’s largest metro areas from becoming nothing but concrete and asphalt



It might seem hard to believe, but there recently was an ocean wave as tall as a six-story building in the north Atlantic. 

Kenneth Brown was always interested in weather, and by high school, had identified meteorology as his chosen area of study.

The last week of classes brought a full house to hear perspectives on “Planning Behind the Scenes,” shared by four Phoenix-area planning professionals.


Showing flexibility and dynamic thinking, an ASU professor has created an education tool that leverages the most popular mobile game in U.S.


For Trisalyn Nelson, inspiration hit when the oncoming car almost did.

Renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels are being tested around the world, but their acceptance has hardly been seamless.

After a tropical hurricane, what plants recover, and in what locations? How do cities and neighborhoods vary in their use of energy?

The influential book "Bowling Alone," by Robert Putnam, argues that suburbanization has eroded the close bonds within communities, caus

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.


Dry forests in Latin America are among the world’s most threatened tropical forests.

It turns out lightning isn’t always a flash, and an ASU researcher says a pair of newly classified records for distance and duration reshaping our views of the electric weather phenomena might be j

Rainstorms are a welcome visitor in the Phoenix metro area.

In sunny Arizona, shade is a precious element of the landscape. Pedestrians follow circuitous routes under trees, awnings and shade structures – rewarded by a more comfortable journey.


Eating your vegetables can make you healthy. Growing them can make you happy.

Stewart Fotheringham, an ASU Foundation Professor and leader in the realm of computational spatial science, has been elected to membership in a highly prestigious scholarly organization, Academia E

As part of her dissertation, Marynia Kolak has partnered with public health providers and community members in the city of Chicago to develop a web application to support public health planning and

One institute, two academic units and four schools within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are welcoming new directors and chairs.


Kosovo, one of the world's youngest countries, relies on two aging coal-fueled power plants to generate electricity for its population of almost 2 million.

Brainstorm a list of societal challenges — from extreme heat to social equity to transportation — and they all share two characteristics: They have unique distributions in space, and their spatial


Apache Junction in 2016 is a city of about 38,000 residents, with a natural setting that rivals any in the state for scenic views and outdoor opportunities.  Twenty-five years from now, its po

Professor Daniel Arreola retired from his position as professor of geography at ASU this May, after over 25 years at the school, and an academic career spanning nearly 40 years.

Kids might not love to study rocks, but they gravitate to gadgets and that’s one way to engage them in learning science.

Nelya Rakhimova arrived at ASU as a Fulbright scholar in 2009, after having completed a masters’ degree in Environmental Management at Tyumen State University in south-central Russia. 

Nearly 1,000 years ago, the Aztec people left their ancestral home of Aztlan under orders from Huitzilopochtli, the god of sun and war.

Patricia Gober, the school's interim directer, delivered the keynote address to the 7th International Water Resources Management Conference, held May 18-20, 2016 in Bochum, Germany.

On Feb. 17, Mayor John Giles announced a plan to bring a satellite ASU campus to downtown Mesa.  

By Elizabeth Deatrick, American Geophysical Union


The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is fortunate to have many talented and energetic students, faculty and staff.  The annual awards reception, now in its 25th year, gives a

Sergio Rey, professor in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning at ASU, has been selected by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) to receive its 20

Guido G. Weigend, who served as dean and professor at Arizona State University from 1976 to 1989, passed away on April 1 at the age of 96.

Twenty-one students in the Spring 2016 Masters' of Urban and Environmental Planning program's PUP 593 capstone course took on a multi-faceted initiative to generate new planning visions for the City of Apache Junction. Here's a report on their work, posted on the City of Apache Junction web site.

NASA has selected an Arizona State University undergraduate student team for a $200,000 grant to conduct hands-on flight research, through its NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Student Instrument Prog

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.


Janet Franklin has had quite a year: After having been elected to the National Academy of Sciences two years ago, in June 2015 she was selected as an Arizona State University Regents' Professor and

The annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers brings together geographers from all over the country to share ideas and research.  There are a number of competitions, and as usual, o


“A cornerstone of environmental policy is the debate over protecting nature for humans’ sake (instrumental values) or for nature’s (intrinsic values).”

Wei Li is has spent the past several months working on a prestigious Fulbright project — for the second time.

Anthony Ross is a senior geography major, with research interests in borders, particularly the U.S.-Mexico and Italy-North Africa borders.

Terrestrial plant communities include forests, woodlands, shrublands and grasslands.

With a generous grant from Arizona Public Service Foundation, the Arizona Geographic Alliance (AzGA) will host a summer institute for kindergarten to 12th grade teac


More than 80 percent of Nepal’s population lives in villages – which means that improvement to Nepal’s economy cannot happen without improving the economy of rural areas.

The Navajo Nation has one of the most valuable mineral resources among any Native American reservation in the United States, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Geodesign and urban development may not be the sexiest words in the dictionary, but it’s the meaning behind these titles that generates a lot of interest among students and faculty alike.

Geodesign is a set of technique and technologies that use geographical information systems (GIS) for mapping, analyzing, evaluating, visualizing, and negotiating future land use scenarios wit

The spotlight series introduces some of our undergraduate students who are majoring in geography, GIS or urban planning.

B.L. Turner II looks the part of a college professor.


B.L. Turner II arrived at ASU in 2008 as a well-recognized pioneer in the field of sustainability science.

What would happen if the vacant land around Phoenix were converted to urban farms? Could it bring sustainable, locally grown food closer to consumers?

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was by far the warmest year on record, breaking a record that was set the year before, which has some wondering whether global warming is taking root.

This academic year we’re pleased to welcome 5 new faculty members, each of whom adds research and teaching strength to our school and to ASU. 



With weather updates important to traffic flow and the safety of motorists, an innovative partnership between the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Arizona State University will provi

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of student profiles that are


B.L. Turner II has been named a Regents' Professor, Arizona's highest faculty honor. He was nominated by ASU President Michael Crow and were approved by the Arizona Board of Regents on Friday.

Janet Franklin, a professor in Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been elected to the


By the end of this century, areas of the Persian Gulf could be hit by waves of heat and humidity so severe that simply being outside for several hours could threaten human life, according to a rece

Transportation in Phoenix means one thing for most people: their car.

An underwater fossil hoard discovered in the Caribbean has revealed that people have done more to deplete animal species than the shift of the last ice age.

Designing new urban centers to be more efficient and updating old ones has become the focus of many urban planners and architects in the past two decades.  Planners now take into account a myriad o


Martin “Mike” Pasqualetti, an Arizona State University professor and an expert on energy and the social components of energy development, will be awarded the 2015 Alexander and Ilse Melamid Memoria

It’s debatable what can kill you faster in an Arizona summer: the sun or the electric bill.

Since 1932, geography students at ASU have had an opportunity to take part in excursions to places all over the state – over the years, trips have ranged from wilderness swimming holes to the Amazo

Janet Franklin isn’t the sort of person who likes to raise alarms, but when she talks about the environment, people should take notice.

The Stockholm Water Prize is considered the Nobel Prize of water.

Celebrated for 25 years, it is the world’s most respected award for outstanding water achievements.


In the grips of long-term drought, the Colorado River Basin and the cities that rely on its water face unprecedented challenges and significant uncertainty with a warming climate and large-scale la

In Northern Quebec, off the eastern shore of James Bay and about 850 miles north of Montreal, the community of Wemindji is situated within sprawling vistas of boreal forests.

ASU is one of 14 academic institutions and key partners across the United States that has formed a consortium to address the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the U.S.


Professor J. Andy Soesilo passed away in May at age 71, but not before leaving a lasting impression on his students and colleagues.


In pre-computer times, engineers, environmental planners and scientists alike relied heavily on detailed topographic maps to plan projects.  The elevation and land cover information of a topographi

The Navajo Nation is continuing to map its own future, and ASU is playing a key support role.

Professor Janet Franklin has received two high honors this spring.

B. L. Turner II arrived at ASU in 2008 as a well-recognized leader in sustainability science.

The journal Geographical Analysis was founded in 1969 with a goal of presenting si

Davis, California, has gone to great lengths to avoid sprawl.


Dr Lauren Allsopp, an ASU faculty associate with both the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, has been selected as

As she receives her master’s degree in urban and environmental planning this semester, Stephanie Watney has not only been a top graduate student but has made professional-level contributions to sev

Blake Saltman, winner of this year’s Ray Henkel Award, is g

Growing up in Glendale, Jaylee Conlin always loved hearing about extreme weather in places other than Arizona. 

Nepal is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries.

ASU professor Wei Li has focused her career on promoting cultural understanding, especially between new immigrant groups and native-born residents, in the United States, Canada and in locations aro

Pai Hui Yu, a student in this year’s MAS-GIS program, has been selected as one of two winners of the Masters Scholarship Award given each year by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society


Each year, the ASU Faculty Women’s Association invites ASU faculty, staff and students to nominate faculty members who have been outstanding mentors to students or other faculty members, especially


As more people move to different regions of the country, it will require planners to use as many tools as they can to develop urban areas that satisfy population demands without over-burdening the


Since the 1968 Fair Housing act was passed, have housing opportunities for people of color improved?

On March 5, a large snowstorm struck Capracotta, Italy, a village about three hours east of Rome.  Italian weather web site 

Charles S. Sargent, professor emeritus of geography, who researched the evolution of frontiers and the growth of towns and cities, including Phoenix, passed away Feb. 3. He was 78.


On January 8, Arizona State University's Sustainable Cities Network and the American Meteorological Society convened municipal and nonprofit leaders

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series about sustainable cities.

Nearly one year ago, approximately 20 residents of the Navajo Nation’s Black Mesa Chapter gathered at their chapter house with community leaders and a small group of Arizona State University facult

Casey Allen, who earned his PhD in geography at ASU in 2008, was honored recently by the University of Colorado (Denver) with two awards for his teaching in the Department of Geography and Environm



As part of its series discussing what makes cities sustainable, ASU’s Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development released a report on several transit initiatives at ASU.  All the research effor

Joseph Keller knows how to manage complex operations and monitor delicate, changing situations.


Editor’s note: This article is part of a series about sustainable cities.

Paul Kent earned a bachelors’ degree in geography in 1988.

ASU professor of planning Emily Talen served as a featured speaker at the Festival of Urbanism, a major international urban planning

In a report released this month, ASU’s Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program (MUEP) ranked in the top 25 graduate planning programs in the co


Micro-hydro energy systems are a unique type of hydroelectric power, ideal for supplementing other types of renewable energy to provide a continuous flow of energy to remote locations.  

Here is a report by Professor Janet Franklin on work carried out together with David W.


The historic Warehouse District south of downtown Phoenix matters.

November 2014 update:The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association has selected the Wickenburg report as the best student project of 2014.

This spring Brandon Vogt, who earned his MA and his PhD in geography at ASU, was selected as Teacher of the Year for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Colo


The growing demand for bioethanol fuel, combined with a growing demand for sugar, means that sugarcane is being grown in increasing quantities around the world.

ASU’s Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development is producing a series of articles discussing aspects of what makes cities “sustainable.”  This question is a key focus for the School of Geograp


January 2015:  As a top 10 finalist in the Google Impact Challenge, Adam Kiefer received £200,000 to implement his proposal.

"Urban heat island" is the technical term used to describe increased temperature in cities relative to surrounding rural areas.

ASU’s Pitchfork awards recognize “distinguished devils” – ASU students with outstanding accomplishments.  At the third annual awards ceremony, held April 3 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoeni

Jonathan Davis, a master’s candidate in GIS, gained national attention this summer when a mapping project he created at ASU’s Decision Theater was featured by the Pew Research Center’s 


“A world in which all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life” – this was a goal identified by the United Nation’s World Food Sum

Two ASU faculty members, Janet Franklin and Elizabeth Wentz, both professors in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, recently began terms as presidents of national professional

A group of almost fifty undergraduate and graduate students participated in an accelerated, interdisciplinary course called American Indian Community Planning, offered for the first time at ASU thi

Professor Mike Pasqualetti was one of 7 invited speakers at a recent Stanford University symposium entitled “Uncommon Dialogue: US-Mexico Transboundary Water Issues."

Earlier this month Matei Georgescu, assistant professor of geography, joined 21 other scientists from around the world to participate in a workshop held at Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for

Phoenix stands at a parched crossroads.


Jennifer Johnson, who earned both her MA and PhD in geography at ASU, has been recognized with her university’s highest award for teaching.  Along with a colleague from the College of

Professor Martin J. (Mike) Pasqualetti and co-author Marilyn Brown have just published “Ancient discipline, modern concern: Geographers in the field of energy and society”

From 2002 through 2005, the number of new housing starts in Arizona was greater each year than the previous year – with a peak of over 78,000 new homes beginning construction in 2005.  In 2005, the

A recent commentary in top-ranked journal Science explained how Central American drug trafficking contributes to forest loss.

A new, cutting-edge geography degree will prepare ASU students for jobs in the growing and dynamic realm of mapping technology development.

The Henkel Award is given each year to the undergraduate geography major who has earned the highest grade point average.

Asked what especially interests him about geography, Jason Edmunds hones in on the concept of studying place and time. 

At this year’s Awards Reception, held May 2 at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course, students, faculty, alumni and friends of the geography and planning programs gathered to socialize, and to recognize studen

Together with her collaborator, Lucia Lo of York University in Canada, geography professor Wei Li has been awarded the Rockefeller F

Janet Franklin, a professor in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


Several ASU geographers earned recognition at this year’s annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers:

Emily Talen, a professor in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has been selected for one of this year’s prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.


Feeding a growing global population in a changing climate presents a significant challenge to society.  Results from a new study co-authored by Netra Chhetr

Ian Dowdy, who earned his BSP from ASU in 2004, is now a Program Director with the Sonoran Institute, a prominent economic and environmental research and advocacy group.  Dowdy authore


Two ASU alumni’s careers led them to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and their related interests may lead to future collaborations.

Ask Isabelle Lishewski what her favorite part of being a student at Arizona State University is, and pat comes the reply, “Telling my Sun Devil story to a group of high school students and their fa

Assembling a picture of past environments always involves detective work.  The reward is a clearer understanding of how natural and human forces have changed environments in the past, giving insigh

While a graduate student at ASU, John Houseal worked as a planning intern for the City of Phoenix, and he and his studio classmates developed an ecological assessment and vision plan for the City o

As urban areas expand, they become warmer.  Scientists have demonstrated that it’s possible to mitigate this effect in various ways – with the most-widely-researched adaptive technologies being coo

Four teams of Arizona State University students recently presented ideas for a new, improved Mesa City Plaza to City Council members.


Note: This story originally appeared in ASU News, on January 24, 2014.

Effective July 1, Professor Sergio Rey will be editor ofGeographical Analysis, a leading peer-reviewed journal that publishes new research in geographical theory, model building,and quantita

Geography Ph.D. student John Connors left for Tanzania this week to begin fieldwork for his dissertation.



In Fall 2012, students in Placemaking & Community Building (PUP 494/591), a combined senior/graduate level ASU urban planning course, took on a cooperative project wi

In a warming world, how far will forest species need to shift in space in order to find survivable climate conditions?