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Breadth and Depth

As the only Top 10-ranked doctoral department located within a liberal arts-based research university, Clark Geography is a global leader in innovative theory-driven research across the breadth of disciplines: human, environmental, physical, and geographic information science. We pride ourselves in being a tight-knit community of scholars focused on issues of local, regional, and global impact. Our faculty and doctoral students collaborate with research peers across the world and welcome undergraduate and master’s students to join in this inquiry.

Percentage of Funding for Geography at Clark University

Faculty in the Graduate School of Geography receive almost a third of all total research funding at Clark University:

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Faculty Research

From the Arctic to Antarctica, and from Africa to the Americas, our faculty pursue research wherever there are issues to understand and problems to solve. Our program has seen five faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences and four to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Ph.D. Research

Clark University has granted the largest number of geography Ph.D. degrees in the country. Our Ph.D. students graduate with a deep body of knowledge and a slate of research publications that enrich the field.

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Master’s Research

Students in our M.S. programs apply their GIS and remote sensing skills to research issues ranging from drought in Costa Rica to declining ice in the Arctic.

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Undergraduate Research

Our undergraduate students work with faculty mentors to pursue significant research, allowing them to publish in journals, present at conferences, and engage with communities.

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Research Centers

Our researchers draw upon the expertise and resources of Clark’s George Perkins Marsh Institute, which focuses on human-environment interactions, and Clark Labs, which develops geospatial technologies.

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Facilities and Resources

Our faculty and students have access to high-performance computing environments, and GIS and remote sensing technologies. Individual laboratories in environmental science include a diverse range of field and lab equipment.

Economic Geography has been published at Clark since 1925.

Research in the News

Media turn to Professor Frey for Arctic expertise

Arctic Report Card depicts damaging effects of rising temperatures

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Nature turns to Prof. Williams for expertise

Ecologist's research subject of media coverage

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Clark geographer earns transportation board honor

Susan Hanson recognized for leadership and service

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Contact Information

Graduate School of Geography

Office Location
  • Jefferson Academic Center, Room 220
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

  • 1-508-793-7336
  • 1-508-793-8881 fax
  • geography[at]clarku[dot]edu