Geography, Environment and Geomatics Undergraduate Students Association GAIA

Gaia is the Geography, Environment and Geomatics Student Association. We are here to serve and represent the student bodies of these programs and to help better your university experience.

“Gaia“ (pronounced guy-a), according to Greek Mythology, is the goddess of the Earth. James Lovelock used the term in the 1970s to describe the earth as a living, self-regulating organism.

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GAIA Executive Committee Members :

  • President -  Madeline Wood
  • VP Finance -  Vacant
  • VP University Affairs - Vacant
  • VP Social Affairs and Philanthropy - Sophia Arellano
  • VP Communications Francophone - Emilia Bah
  • VP Communications Anglophone - Dana Jordan
  • VP Internal Affairs - Vacant
GEG-ENV Undergraduate Students Association GAIA
GEG-ENV Undergraduate Students Association GAIA

Meet your GAIA President

Hello! I’m Madeline a fourth year student in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geomatics and Spatial Analysis, here to assist ENV/GEG students and represent them in the department. In my studies I’m particularly interested in bridging the science-policy gap to create a more environmentally conscious future. When I’m not map-making or helping with GAIA, you can find me hiking or rock-climbing. Fun fact: I’ve kayaked the entire rideau canal! ! Please check out our Instagram (@gaia_uottawa) for office hours or contact me.

Madeline Wood

Geography Graduate Students Association GGSA

The GGSA is a departmental organization responsible for supporting and representing graduate students in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa. We allow the voices of graduate students to be heard by sitting in and voting at department assemblies. We also organize social events to encourage human geographers, physical geographers, and geomatics specialists to interact with and learn from each other.

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GGSA Executive Committee Members :

  • President – Galen Richardson
  • VP Communications – Pénélope Gervais
  • VP Social – Sarah Gebert
  • GSAED  Rep - Louis Frank
  • CUPE 2626 Steward - Claudia Sauro
  • Departmental Assembly rep  PhD – Benoit Lauzon
  • Departmental Assembly rep Masters – Pénélope Gervais
  • Treasurer - Connor Rettinger
  • Secretary – Jaime Dubé
Geography Graduate Students Association GGSA
Geography Graduate Students Association GGSA

Meet your GGSA President

Hello, my name is Galen Richardson and I am the GGSA president! I am a first-year PhD student studying with Dr. Anders Knudby. My research is focused on developing high-accuracy artificial intelligence models to track changes in vegetation using satellite imagery.

Galen Richardson