Welcome to the Geography and Earth Science Department
The discipline of Geography draws upon concepts found in both the natural and social sciences, and helps foster a better understanding of associations between humans and the physical environment in which they inhabit on local, regional, and global scales.
Since our department founding in 1909, our mission has focused on promoting geographical awareness and environmental literacy through classroom activities, research projects, and outreach programs. Our geography students have the option in choosing from over 40 courses, with a wide variety of topics ranging from cultural to physical to techniques. In addition to stimulating classroom discussions led by our distinguished faculty, students gain extensive hands-on experience using the latest GIS and remote sensing software, GPS, and many other geographic and earth science tools. We also boast extensive study abroad and internship opportunities for students to gain even further hands-on experience.
Opportunities abound for student projects, research, and exploration here, as within one mile of campus you'll find towering limestone bluffs, a 900 acre urban wetland, and the Mississippi River, all with miles of easily accessible hiking trails. Geography also means field trips. Our faculty and staff frequently offer opportunities to explore our own unique North American geography or lead overseas explorations which allow our students to gain valuable first-hand experience and knowledge of other cultures and environments.
Is worldwide exploration and study of interest to you? Do you want to obtain the necessary skills to provide you for an exciting and rewarding career? Do you want to make a difference? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the UWL Geography and Earth Science department is the place for you. Come join us and explore your world.
Welcome Dr. Daniel Sambu!
Daniel received his Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), with specialization in Geography and Swahili from Kenyatta University, Kenya. After several years of teaching in Kenya, he joined the University of Central Oklahoma where he graduated with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in secondary school administration. Daniel later joined the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with a Ph.D. in geography with special emphasis in human-environment interaction and globalization. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the impact of global policies (Such as the Millennium Development Goals-MDG’s) on water management and development in third world countries. His future research agenda will retain the same focus geared towards understanding the synergies and disconnects between development/environmental policies designed at the global forums and development strategies adopted at the local level.
Outside academic work, Daniel enjoys photography, hiking, soccer, and hanging out with wife, Peres, daughters, Chemu, Cheru, Towett, and son, Kip.