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    Join our Dynamic Graduate Program!

    FSU Geography's Graduate students come from across the U.S. and Internationally to study with leaders in their respective research fields. Consider applying to FSU Geography today!

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    Study shows increasing flowering activity in Panama is linked to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide.

    New research from a Florida State University scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest.

  • Dr. Chris Uejio studies how investments in urban greenspace

    influence human health outcomes. His recent work focusing on New York City is funded by NASA.

  • Geography researchers study access to mental health facilities

    PhD student Kyusik Kim and his major professor are a part of a team exploring accessibility inequities to mental health and counseling services in the State of Florida. Their recently published research investigates the mobility dimension of the issue.

  • Spatializing the Municipal Bond Market: Urban Resilience under Racial Capitalism

    Dr. Sage Ponder's recent article in the Annals of the AAG explores how inequities contribute to cities' struggles to maintain their critical infrastructure, such as municipal water systems.

  • Trina Merrick and Stephanie Pau complete installation of a tower system

    Installation of Tower-Based Remote Sensing Instruments

    Trina Merrick and Stephanie Pau with colleagues complete installation of tower-based remote sensing instruments, such as an eddy covariance flux system and a thermal camera on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, to study carbon fluxes of a tropical forest canopy.

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    National Academies Gulf Research Program Grant

    PhD student Jennifer McHenry and her graduate professor study how seagrass beds provide societal benefits and support biodiversity with a grant from the National Academies Gulf Research Program.

Welcome to Geography

at Florida State University

Human | Environment | Techniques

Florida State Geography is a hub for the spatially inquisitive. Whether it is understanding the roles of climate in shifting species distributions, deconstructing the processes that shape the growth and development of cities, using computational models to recommend where disaster relief is needed, unveiling social inequities through trends in municipal bonds, exploring the interactions of people and their dependence on aquatic habitats, or building technical skills through the implementation of remote sensing, programming, and Geographic Information Systems, our faculty and students dive into a myriad of subjects touching numerous corners of our world. These are only a few of the areas our department’s talent pursues.


Storm Intensity in the United States




Are you interested in how human beings interact with their environment? Do you want to understand the roots of environmental injustice? Are you a tech fan looking to leverage the power of GIS, automation, and spatial statistics? Have you ever considered how remote sensing could impact the trajectory of an entire industry? Perhaps you find yourself thinking of how people develop both physical and social constructs. If so…

Geography is a field built on three pillars - the human, the environment, and the technical. By advancing basic knowledge as a foundation for problem-solving, and exposing students to a wide variety of applications across diverse interests, Geography equips its scholars with skill sets that are increasingly marketable in a world of complex questions. Many of our graduates, researchers, and faculty employ skills in geospatial science, statistics, and critical analysis. The trained geographer has the ability to identify issues or phenomena, ask appropriate questions, and deploy techniques from perspectives unique to the field and for the benefit of society.

We, in the Department of Geography at Florida State University, acknowledge that our university is located on land that is the ancestral and traditional territory of the Apalachee Nation, the Muscogee Creek Nation, the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to their descendants, to the generations yet unborn, and to all Indigenous peoples. In doing so, we support the movement for a Native American and Indigenous Studies Center on campus.