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UWF to host regional geographers conference Nov. 22-24

The University of West Florida Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will host the 70th annual meeting of the SouthEastern Division of the Association of American Geographers at the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel in Pensacola on Nov. 22-24.

More than 300 geographers from the region will attend the three-day conference. Programming will include paper and poster presentations on a variety of subjects, panel discussions, and a World Geography Bowl competition. UWF geography students and faculty members will present on topics such as drought variability, geomorphology, soil health, and urban and economic transformations.

“The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is thrilled to be able to help coordinate the 2015 SEDAAG meeting,” said Dr. Matthew Schwartz, associate professor and department chair for earth and environmental sciences. “We look forward to sharing Pensacola and UWF with our colleagues from throughout the region and look forward to bringing this scientific forum to Northwest Florida.”

Dr. Klaus J. Meyer-Arendt, professor in the UWF earth and environmental sciences department, leads the local arrangements committee that includes Chasidy Hobbs, Nathan McKinney and Dr. Jason Ortegren. The programming for the weekend will also include offsite activities, including field trips to Santa Rosa Island and Historic Pensacola.

“I think it’s excellent that we can showcase Pensacola to geographers coming from all over the Southeast,” said Meyer-Arendt. “This is the first time that UWF has hosted this meeting, and many registrants have already told me how much they are looking forward to seeing Pensacola.”

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