Geography has Moved! Visit us in our new spaces and places!

Geography has a new space and place on campus! The Department of Geography has moved to our new home on the first floor of LA1 in the LA1-123A suite! Our faculty offices and graduate student spaces are located on the 1st floor and you will find our two brand new geospatial labs on the 3rd floor in LA1-301 and 303. We are grateful to the administration and facilities for the support through this years’ long process. Please come visit us!      

Dr. Hyowon Ban introduces the Metaverse at Spring 2023 Colloquium

On April 24th, Dr. Hyowon Ban treated Geography students and faculty to her colloquium titled Practice of Geography Research and Teaching in the Metaverse.  To find out more about this virtual environment that parallels the physical world, please check out Dr. Ban’s PowerPoint presentation.

Cameron Mayer MA earns Best Masters Thesis Award!

Congratulations to Cameron Mayer for being selected as the College of Liberal Arts best Masters Thesis 2023! His thesis: New West Tension and Threatened Species Protection: The Western Joshua Tree Conservation Debate in the Morongo Basin, California was chaired by Dr. Monica Argandona, with Dr. Paul Laris and Dr. Lily House-Peters as readers. 

The Best masters Thesis is a very competitive and prestigious award in the College of Liberal Arts. Geography has had four winners since 2018.

2023: Cameron MayerNew West Tension and Threatened Species Protection: The Western Joshua Tree Conservation Debate in the Morongo Basin, California 

2022: Julia Rose DowellTaking the Temperature of Climate Change in Long Beach: Concerns and Responses of Long Beach Residents Regarding Extreme Heat and Health Impacts

2021: Andrew SiwabessyGeologic mapping of Terra Cimmeria, Mars, and resultant implications for the Martian plate tectonics hypotheses

2018: Rebecca JacobsDeterminants of Fire Intensity in a Mesic West Africa Savanna: A Statistical Analysis of Fire Characteristics 


Dr. Hytrek’s work creating a participatory budget process for youth featured in the LB Business Journal

Dr. Hytrek’s contributions to the participatory budget process featured in the Long Beach Business Journal

…You don’t read a manual and learn how to ride a bicycle. You ride a bicycle by riding a bicycle,” Hytrek said. “People learn how to become citizens, residents of communities, by doing the work, but often … there aren’t those opportunities, and PB creates those opportunities…According to Hytrek, a participatory budget process is one of the most effective ways to deepen and broaden democracy within communities…


CSULB Geography now accepting applications to the Master of Arts and MSGISci programs

The Geography Department is now accepting applications to our Master of Arts and Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) graduate programs!  Applications for Fall 2023 will be accepted until June 1, 2023, with application review beginning in April.

Geography Master of Arts Program
Geography at the CSULB supports a breadth of research interests, focusing on environmental and physical geography, geospatial science, human geography, housing and social justice, global and urban studies. Explore faculty research interests here: We can offer competitive funding opportunities, including research and teaching assistantships as well as lab technician positions.  For more information on the MA Program, please contact Dr. Gary Hytrek, MA Graduate Advisor at or click here:

Master of Science in Geographic Information Science
The Master of Science in Geographic Information Science degree program (MSGISci) at CSULB is a one-year, 30-unit professional program that provides students with advanced analytic and technical training in geospatial technologies and incorporates professional skill building to prepare graduates for the geospatial workforce. Please contact Dr. Suzanne Wechsler, Program Director at for more information, or click here:

Geography’s REU at River Ridge Ranch enters 2nd year!

CSULB’s Geography Department received a $344,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to run a three-year Research ExperiencePhoto of River Ridge Ranch pasture area for Undergraduates (REU) program in California’s scenic western Sierra Nevada foothills.  The program is hosted by River Ridge Ranch and Institute in Springville, California, begain in May 2022 and runs through 2024.  Eight undergraduate students from around the U.S. will be accepted into the eight-week program each year.  According to award recipient and Principal Investigator Dr. Paul Laris, “this project brings together eight undergraduate students with faculty for an eight-week intensive research and learning experience to study the science and technology of environmental conservation.” Laris added “the objective of the program is to train the next generation of land managers and restoration scientists in conservation science and technology.”  Information about the grant and application procedures can be found at  For a local take on the program, please see the February 16, 2022 article that was posted in the Porterville Recorder

CSULB Geography is featured in News of the CSU!

Photo of Alex Jung, CSULB Geography Dept.

Alex Jung, CSULB Geography Dept.

The work of Geography Department students and faculty in our local community was recently featured in News of the CSU, the Chancellor’s Office Communications and Public Affairs team online media outlet.  The April 13, 2022 CSU News story references an article that appeared in the Long Beach Post the previous day that describes how field data collected by students in Alex Jung’s Urban Planning classes will inform a new city plan to revitalize parts of central Long Beach.  Jung, who is also the Director of Planning and Design with the nonprofit City Fabrick, is playing a lead role in a year-long public outreach which seeks to bring community to the table in the development of a new zoning plan for the area. 

Research Assistant Opportunity in STEM Education

Dr. Linna Li and Dr. Hyowon Ban are currently working on a multidisciplinary research project titled “Improving STEM Education by Integrating Geospatial Technologies into K-8 Mathematics Curriculum.” The goals of this project are to design, develop, implement, and assess a set of instructional materials that integrate geospatial science and technologies into K-8 math curriculum to improve teachers’ knowledge of GIScience in STEM education and children’s mathematics learning abilities.

MA Student Ashley Guerrero & Dr. Jocoy co-authors

Kudos to M.A. student Ashley Guerrero who co-authored with Dr. Jocoy a book review publication in the academic journal Urban Geography reviewing geographer Don Mitchell’s book Mean streets: homelessness, public space, and the limits of capital. Congratulations!

MA Grad Student Ashley Guerrero finalist for a Fulbright Student Award

Ashley Guerrero, MA in Geography degree candidate, is a finalist for a Fulbright Student Award US Fulbright Program – Home Page ( to study globalization and gentrification in Paris. Her proposal entitled, Équipes de football: Spaces of inclusion and resistance in Île-de-France, proposes to study the relationship between neoliberal deregulation and displacement in the banlieues around Paris and current and new resident’s perceptions of displacement.

Thank you to her faculty mentors Drs Hytrek, Jocoy & House-Peters.