• Twin hearts stone fisher’s weir in Cimei, Taiwan

    Twin hearts stone fisher’s weir in Cimei, Taiwan (Katherine Sammler)

  • Lake Rotoiti

    Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand (Lily House-Peters)

  • Milpa

    Milpa (combination corn/bean field) in Guatemala's Western Highlands (Niki vonHedemann)

  • Monsoon Thunderstorm

    A monsoon thunderstorm develops over the Rincon Mountains and spills into the Tucson Basin (Image © 2012 Daniel Griffin) 


  • Graduate Students


  • undergrad students


  • Professional development



Welcome to the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona

Welcome to the School of Geography and Development (SGD) at the University of Arizona, USA. SGD is part of a top-ranked; Research One, land-grant university and we cover the entire range of contemporary geography. Faculty and graduate student research interests range broadly, including the sustainability of cities; social theory and culture; climatology and environmental impacts in the American Southwest; economic development; landscape ecology and forest restoration; human impacts of global climate change; geographic epidemiology; international development and environmental sustainability; conflict over the public presentation of ethnic identity; local government restructuring; spatial interaction modeling; American migration; European fertility; GIS/visualization; environmental policy; and remote sensing of fire-induced vegetation change.



Study Abroad with the School of Geography and Development
Use your financial aid and earn upper-division Geography credits while exploring Oaxaca, Mexico, Cuba, South Africa, or Guatemala! All programs offer direct UA credit. Deadline to apply is February 15... read more
New Head of SGD
New Head of SGD, Dr. Lynn Staeheli, started August 2015.  
Janice Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture Presents Caitlin Cahill
Friday, September 18, 2015 9th Annual Janice Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture Presents Caitlin Cahill Slow violence & urgent data: Policing community change - policing young people More information coming soon Sponsored by:The School of Geography and DevelopmentThe Department of Gender... read more
Magellan Circle Scholarship
SGD Majors, We encourage everyone to apply for this year's Magellan Circle Scholarship.  Scholarship Description: Through the generous donations of members of the Magellan Circle in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), we can provide a number of students with $500 Magellan Circle... read more
Fall 2015 SGD Colloquium
Speaker Series Fall 2015 Friday Colloquia meet from 3:30 to 4:45 in ENR2 Building, Room S107. The series brings prominent scholars and professionals from across a range of perspectives, including human geography, spatial analytic methods, regional science, physical geography, and human-... read more

Contact Us


The University of Arizona
School of Geography and Development
ENR2 Building
1064 E Lowell Street
PO Box 210137
Tucson, AZ 85721-0137
Tel: (520) 621-1652
Fax: (520) 621-2889

School Director

Dr. Lynn Staeheli
ENR2 Building, Room S437
Tucson, AZ 85721z
Tel: (520) 626-7062
Fax: (520) 621-2889