UTK Geography

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Location Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Introduction We are a lively, talented, and congenial group of faculty, students, and staff who occupy the Burchfiel Geography Building, built for us in 2000. What do we study? For starters: how spatially explicit data (such as from cell-phones) can be analyzed to provide new knowledge of the movement of people over time and space; how cities grow and develop; how and where climate has changed; how human activities and environmental changes have affected headwater streams, water resources, and the distribution of species; what factors affect the distribution of people and goods; and how culture contributes to the distinctiveness of different places (see Specialties for further information). We operate a Cartographic Services Laboratory (we make maps!) and host laboratories of Paleoenvironmental Research, Tree-Ring Science, Environmental Dynamics, and Cosmogenic Isotope Research, as well as the University of Tennessee's Initiative for Quaternary Paleoclimate Research and the Tennessee Geographic Alliance.