Geography and Sustainability Studies News and Information

 genesee river valley

SUNY Geneseo is located in the Genesee River valley in western New York State, about 30 miles south of Rochester. Geography and Sustainability Studies is located on the second floor of Bailey Hall.

Please contact Mary Kuhn, our secretary, for more information:
Bailey Hall 227
One College Circle
SUNY Geneseo
Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: (585) 245-5238
Fax: (585) 245-5180

Geographers make up two of the twelve 2020-2021 Presidential Scholars!

Twelve students were recently selected to serve as Presidential Scholars for the 2020-21 academic year

Thirteen SUNY Geneseo students are Presidential Scholars for the 2019–20 academic year, representing a variety of academic areas and exemplifying the college's institutional values. A presidential scholar is a top-achieving member of the senior class who also serves as an ambassador for the College.

Geography Program Recognized for Excellence

SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Geography has been awarded the 2018 Award for Bachelors Program Excellence from the American Association of Geographers (AAG). The department was formally recognized in April 2018 at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans.

National Science Foundation RUI: Assessing the Environmental and Human Drivers and Cultural Dimensions of Changes in Oak Forests of the Eastern U.S.

SUNY Geneseo Geography faculty Dr. David Robertson and Dr. Steve Tulowiecki, along with Dr. Chris Larsen at the University at Buffalo, have embarked on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research project studying the decline of White Oak forests in the Northeastern United States. With a focus on the role of pre-contact Native American land management and the Genesee Oaks, a famed collection of landmark local oak trees, the three-year project will employ student research assistants over the full term of the grant. For more information please contact principal investigator Dr. David Robertson (

Genesee Valley oak tree
Click the image to view a short video of the project

Read more here: Native American Burning Key to Rare Oak Savannas