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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
November 27, 2014
Canadian Excellence


Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is a strong, dynamic and innovative Department that prides itself as a consistent provider of high quality scholarly activity, programs and courses.

At the undergraduate level we offer nine programs that cover a broad spectrum of Geography. We offer BA and BSc degrees at both the Honours and General levels as well as combined programs. Our newest undergraduate program is the Geography and Geomatics degree.

At the graduate level, we offer MA, MES, MSc and PhD degrees in four fields of specialization: Environmental and Resource Management, Environmental Science, Human, and Geomatics.

The mission statement of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies stresses its commitment to: continuing to provide a dynamic undergraduate program covering a full range of knowledge, techniques and applications in geography and environmental studies; providing an array of stimulating undergraduate courses as a service to students from other disciplines; a graduate program emphasizing independent knowledge generation; faculty members engaged in developing new knowledge, innovative technical and educational approaches, with national and international horizons and fields of activity.

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Undergraduate Advisor (Geography)

Dr. Steven Roberts
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 2420
Office:  Arts 3C11
Office Hours: email for appointment  

Undergraduate Advisor (Environmental Studies)
Dr. James Hamilton
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 2061
Office:  Arts 2E11
Office Hours: email for appointment 

People at Laurier

Luisa Ramirez, Geography & Environmental Studies Supervisor: Scott Slocombe Title of research: Governance Interactions and social-ecological Linkages: Shifting from Top-down to more Collaborative Approaches and Enhancing Marine Protected Areas Effectiveness in Colombia My research interests include environmental governance and socio-ecological linkages for achieving conservation and sustainability goals in protected areas, particularly in marine and coastal areas of Latin America and the Caribbean. My doctoral research is focused on understanding marine protected areas (MPAs) governance interactions in Colombia and identifying opportunities and limitations for shifting traditional top-down approaches to more collaborative and integrative arrangements that recognize social-ecological linkages and facilitate improving conservation and sustainability outcomes in MPAs. e-mail:,

Luisa Ramirez
PhD Candidate,
Geography & Environmental Studies