• MA GEOG speaker series – students present their research

    On March 5, 2021, the Department had the opportunity to learn more about some of the student research happening in our Master of Arts in Geography Program. A big thanks to Lina, Rebekah, Julia and Hannah for their excellent presentations.

    • Lina Adeetuk presented her research titled, “Rural Youth’s Perspectives on the Significance and Impacts of New Roads: The Case of Kaasa- Zogsa Road, Builsa North District, Ghana”
    • Rebekah Casey presented her research titled, “There’s No Place Like (Rural) Home: Why People Choose Rural Despite Decline”
    • Julia Hamill presented her research titled, “”Molida’, that’s Shimshali Food: Modernization, Mobility, Food Talk, and the Constitution of Identity in Shimshal, Pakistan”
    • Hannah Willms presented her research titled,””Airbnb in the age of a housing crisis: A case study of housing affordability and vacation rental regulations in Niagara Falls, ON”

    We look forward to reading your final research projects in the coming months.

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  • Just in time for Christmas! Book celebrates work of late Brock cartographer

    Want a Christmas present for that history or geography buff who has everything?!

    Alun Hughes, a longtime member of Brock’s Department of Geography, had an enormous appetite for local history.

    Between 2003 and his untimely death in 2013, the trained cartographer wrote extensively about the geography and history of the Niagara region.

    Hoping to honour his passion, Hughes’ former colleagues have come together to release a book of his essays, History Made in Niagara. The book was compiled by Hughes’ former colleagues from the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, Professors Mike Ripmeester and David Butz and retired cartographer Loris Gasparotto.


    History Made in Niagara can be purchased at the launch for $35 (cash only) through the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies

    For more information about the book, please call 905-688-5550 x3484.

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  • MA in Geography thesis defence scheduled for Oct. 24: “Detached from Our Bodies: Representing women’s mental health and well-being with graphic memoirs” by Katelyn Pierce

    Katelyn Pierce will defend her MA thesis titled “Detached from Our Bodies: Representing women’s mental health and well-being with graphic memoirs” on Oct. 24, 2019 at 2:00pm. The defense will take place in Sankey Chamber and is open to the public.

    Katelyn Pierce’s Examining Committee includes Dr. Kate Parizeau from the University of Guelph (External), Dr. Ebru Ustundag (Supervisor), Dr. Jeffrey Boggs (Committee Member), and Dr. Neta Gordon (Committee Member).

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  • Department hosts ice cream social

    The Department of Geography and Tourism Studies kicked off the school year with an Ice Cream Social last month. Here are a few photos from the event.

    Our student’s shirt says it all: “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream…and that’s kind of the same thing.”


    Keep an eye out on your Brock email for our next departmental social!

    Want to learn more about majoring or minoring in Geography or Tourism Studies? Visit our Programs page.

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  • Kevin Turner promoted to Associate Professor

    Group photo of Kevin Turner with his family and co-workers

    Kevin Turner and his family celebrated his promotion to Associate Professor with Department of Geography and Tourism Studies Faculty, staff and students earlier this week.

    The Department of Geography and Tourism Studies is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Kevin Turner to Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2018.

    “It is exciting to see Kevin reach this milestone in his career,” says Department of Geography and Tourism Studies Chair, Michael Pisaric. “His research program has blossomed during the past five years and he has contributed significantly to the Department and the University through his numerous service and teaching assignments. This is well deserved, and we look forward to his continued contributions.”

    Turner holds a PhD in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University and a post-graduate certificate in GIS (Application Specialist) from Sir Sandford Fleming College. He joined Brock’s Department of Geography in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. Since then, he has become a member of the Department of Earth Sciences and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, and co-founded Brock’s Water and Environmental Laboratory.

    Turner’s research focuses on identifying the impacts of climate and landscape changes on the hydrology and chemistry of lakes and rivers in northern Canada.

    In 2016 he was awarded federal research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Discovery Grant and Northern Research Supplement and in 2017 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

    His commitment to northern research has led him to serve as a board member for the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies since 2010 and the Chair of the Brock University Northern Studies Committee since 2013. In addition to these roles, Turner is also an affiliate of the NASA-ABoVE program.

    Learn more about Kevin Turner and his research.

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  • MA in Geography thesis defence scheduled for July 24: “A Domestic Geography of Money” by Adam Fischer

    Adam Fischer will defend his MA thesis titled “A Domestic Geography of Money: How Mortgage Debt, Home Prices, and Toronto’s Condominiums “Prop up” the Canadian Economy” on July 24, 2018 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The defense will take place in MC C-407 and is open to the public.

    Adam Fisher’s Examining Committee includes Dr. Alan Walks from the University of Toronto (External), Dr. Philip Mackintosh (Supervisor), Dr. Jeffrey Boggs (Committee Member), and Dr. Christopher Fullerton (Committee Member).

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  • Join us for Loris Gasparotto’s Retirement Party

    You’re invited to join the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies for a retirement party in honour of Loris Gasparotto. After 40 years as our cartographer, Loris has finally mapped out his retirement!

    Friday, January 19th
    Drop in from: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    MC C-405, Brock University

    RSVP online at by January 15th.

    Please forward donations towards a group gift to Virginia Wagg, Geography & Tourism Studies (; MC C-322) by January 16th.

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