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Department of Geography

The study of geography focuses on the spatial distribution and interrelated aspects of people, plants, animals and natural resources. A complex and expansive subject, it involves elements of culture, history, politics, and economics.

Our academic programs are focused on the environment, geographic information sciences, urban studies and planning, geographic education and international development. We enable our students to explore in depth the interactions between our social, cultural, legal, built and physical worlds.

Faculty
Madhu Rao
Professor and Chairperson of Geography
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 223
Tel:
508.531.2120
Email: mrao@bridgew.edu

"My practical experience adds value to the teaching and learning environment within the classroom both in the technical and cultural elements of Geography. Having been intensely involved in the application of Geographic Information Systems and advanced quantitative analytical techniques such as recursive and non-recursive path models and linear structural equations (LISREL) to regional development, I endeavor to continue my research in these areas with the active involvement of students in projects related to these fields. I also offer consulting services in geo-technology to several reputed public and private organizations, which keeps my finger on the pulse of current topical concerns in the field of geography.

Degrees

BCom, Andhra University
MPhil, MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University
PhD, Kent State University 1988

Robert Amey
Associate Professor of Geography
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 211
Tel:
508.531.2633
Email: ramey@bridgew.edu

Research interests:
The problem of siting waste management facilities in the US (for low-level radioactive waste) and in Ireland (regional management of municipal sanitary wastes).
Urban planning, with primary interests in affordable housing concerns, undesirable facilities location and the concepts of the “new urbanism” – reconsidering the exclusive-use zoning practices of the past. 

Dr. Amey wants his students to find their own ideas to find the balance that blends the peacefulness of a small town life (the idealized “New England town” ) and the buzz of an urban pace (the social and economic diversity of city neighborhoods) into healthy social, economic, built and natural environments by integrating their academic experience with working knowledge of planning issues faced by the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, Old Colony Planning Council and local planning boards in Bridgewater and Brockton.

Degrees


BA, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
MA, PhD, University of Florida

Darcy Boellstorff
Associate Professor of Geography
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 209
Tel:
508.531.1461
Email: dboellstorff@bridgew.edu

Dr. Boellstorff comes from a background in human-environmental geography and natural resource management.  She is interested in the linkages between land use and management and resulting impacts on the physical environment. She is especially interested in soil resources. Her most recent research focuses on European Union subsidy policy and the land change it’s brought about in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain. 

Dr. Boellstorff uses geographic technology for the development of information that's crucial to making environmentally sound policy and planning decisions. She supports students in developing their own skills and understanding of geographic technologies from both the technical and applied perspective.

Degrees

BS, MA, PhD, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Sandra L. Clark
Professor of Geography
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 213
Tel:
508.531.2099
Email: sclark@bridgew.edu

"Science begs to be done in the great outdoors. For the past two summers, I’ve worked in a mentoring and research program with our students and other faculty from chemistry and biology in the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR)/Lancy program. We tackled serious environmental and water quality issues dealing with the Taunton River Watershed employing both field and lab research. The fruits of this research carries directly over into the classroom. In my Air Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing course we will assess the accuracy of a portion of the state’s current Taunton River data base, and in Senior Seminar all our majors' skills will be applied to an investigation of the Taunton River’s status for potential inclusion in the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers program."

Degrees

BA, Plymouth State College
MA, University of Colorado
PhD, Arizona State University

Vernon Domingo
Professor of Geography and Co-Coordinator, Project EarthView
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 221
Tel:
508.531.2101
Email: vdomingo@bridgew.edu

Research interests:
Water supplies and water systems in both western societies as well as in the Third World. 

Dr. Domingo is a strong believer in the outreach that college faculty can do in the community. He is a member of SEMAGNET (Southeastern Massachusetts Geography Network), a teacher-focused organization that works with teachers and K-12 students to improve the quality of geography teaching and learning. He is also the director of SEMGEC (Southeast Massachusetts Global Education Center) based at Bridgewater State University. SEMGEC presents workshops and lectures that help introduce global perspectives in classroom teaching and sponsors an annual Geography Fair, an event that attracts about 150 mostly middle school students to the college campus.

Degrees

BA, University of the Western Cape, S.A.
MA, PhD, Clark University

James Hayes-Bohanan
Professor of Geography and Co-Coordinator, Project EarthView
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 215
Tel:
508.531.2118
Email: jhayesboh@bridgew.edu

"I first became a geographer after learning about the clearing of tropical rain forests in the Brazilian Amazon. This led me to build a career in environmental geography, and along the way I have studied soil erosion in Ohio, volunteered for several environmental organizations, and worked as a consultant on environmental hazards throughout the United States. When it came time to go to the Amazon, I chose Rondônia, which has experienced some of the most rapid forest clearing in the world and which is now home to an energetic and diverse human population. At Bridgewater State College, my growing experience with the New England environment, urban Brazil, and the coffee industry allow me to bring a world of experience with the environment to my students. "

Degrees

BS, University of Maryland/ Baltimore County
MA, Miami University
PhD, University of Arizona

Robert Hellström
Associate Professor of Geography
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 203
Tel:
508.431.2842
Email: rhellstrom@bridgew.edu

Robert Hellstrom is a microclimatologist specializing in the role of atmospheric forcing on the evolution of polar ice sheets and seasonal snow cover. In 1996, this research brought him to the South Pole where he extracted snow and ice cores to reconstruct past climates. His current research involves integrating computer simulations and field measurements to detect weather patterns that lead to abrupt warming of the atmosphere.

Dr. Hellstrom has established a new automated weather station at Bridgewater State University that provides real-time weather conditions over the Internet. He is currently building a wind tunnel laboratory to study fluid dynamics of the atmosphere. These new facilities will provide more research opportunities for physics, aviation, earth science, and geography students at Bridgewater.

Degrees

BS, MS, PhD, The Ohio State University

Department Chair
Dr.
Madhu Rao
Tel:
508.531.2120

The department offers a BA or BS in Geography, and students may choose to concentrate their coursework under broad categories of physical geography, human geography, or environmental studies. We also offer a minor in geography. Our faculty members represent decades of experience in all of geography’s specialties and have worked, studied and taught not only in our immediate region but in scores of countries around the world.

Geography intersects with almost every other major field of study, and geographers work as educators, mapmakers, planners and project managers, environmental and natural resources consultants and executives, librarians, historic preservationists, guides and more.

Department of Geography
Center for Science & Mathematics
Room 131
508.531.1390


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