• FEES Annual Orientation 2019/2020

    The Faculty of Earth & Environmental Sciences (FEES) held its Annual Orientation Exercise on August 29, 2019 in the SEBI Building.  Approximately eighty (80) new students from the Undergraduate and Graduate levels attended the session and listened to a presentation by the Guest Speaker – Dr. Mark Bynoe. Other presentations were made on Plagiarism and a Desirable Approach to your Programme of Study. Students were also informed of the two existing clubs/societies (UGGS and Eco Trust) in the FEES.

    Read more about Dr. Mark Bynoe’s remarks at the FEES Orientation in the news:



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    GEOFEES Annual Orientation 2019/2020
  • Teleconference Activity – Research Exchange with Mexican Students

    On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, The FEES hosted a successful teleconference with Centro De Investigación En Ciencia Aplicada Y Tecnología Avanzada Del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CICATA – IPN) Querétaro, Mexico.

    Six students from the University of Guyana presented their research and received feedback from both the staff on the ground and the academics from Mexico. Similarly, five (5) researchers (MSc and Ph.D. students) from CICATA-IPN presented their research at the conference and they also benefitted from questions, views, and comments from the academics on both sides (see photos).

    Minister Jorge Luis Hidalgo Partida was present to deliver opening remarks. In his remarks, the Minister emphasized the importance of collaboration in strengthening academic research.


    The topics presented by the University of Guyana’s students were:

    1. An Investigation of Selected Metals in Soils and Food Crops Grown on the Mined-Out Bauxite Soils of Guyana by Brijesh Singh
    2. An assessment of the ameliorating effects of different rates of Biochar on Tiwiwid Sand and the growth and production of Capsicum chinense Jacq by Basudeo Dwarka
    3. Macrophytes Wetland Communities along the Upper Berbice River Basin of Guyana: Relationships with sediments and selected water chemistry parameters by Gregory Hodge
    4. Evaluation of the changes in the Demerara River channel morphology using Remotely Sensed and Topographical Data by Alana Norville
    5. Spatio-temporal Features and Impacts of Floods along East Bank Canje, Berbice from 2008 to 2018 by Muzzammil Mohabir
    6. Microalgae biodiversity in Marine Coastal and Estuarine environments of Guyana by Seon Hamer.

    The topics presented by CICATA-IPN’s students were:

    1. Estimation of Forest Carbon from Aerial Photogrammetry by Dagoberto Pulido
    2. Soil temperature estimation through aerial multispectral and thermal images by Daniela Basurto
    3. LiDAR and camera sensor fusion through deep learning for urban tree geolocalization by Omar Montoya
    4. Terrain thermal mapping using small UAVs by Othon González
    5. Molecular and visual markers to detect the presence of phytopathogens fungus on Vitis viniferafields by Mayra Candido

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    GEOTeleconference Activity – Research Exchange with Mexican Students
  • FEES and GTI host National Seminar on Problem-Based Learning and Urban Challenges


    The Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with the Government Technical Institute, hosted a one-day national seminar on Problem-Based Learning and Urban Challenges on Thursday July 25, 2019 at the Education Lecture Theatre, Turkeyen Campus.


    The seminar was one of the planned events under the CITYLAB CAR project, which is being executed in collaboration between 15 European and Caribbean Higher Education Institutes. The aim of the CITYLAB CAR project is to stimulate innovation in teaching in higher education through Problem-Based Learning in the Caribbean, to make higher education institutes and students better prepared to deal with contemporary urban problems and challenges.


    The seminar brought together approximately 40 participants, including key stakeholders, students, and members of academia in discussing Problem Based Learning as a teaching innovation in response to urban sustainability challenges through a multidisciplinary approach.


    Opening remarks were delivered by the University of Guyana’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement Professor Paloma Mohammed. Additionally, presentations were made by invited CityLab Project expert partners and notable planners and academics, namely Dr. Asad Mohammed of UWI, St. Augustine and Ms. Angelika Namdar of Anton de Kom University, Suriname. A special session on Problem-Based Learning as a teaching technique was delivered via Skype by University of Trinidad and Tobago Professor Dr. Betty McDonald.


    University of Guyana Urban Geography students Mr. Muzzammil Mohabir and Ms. Alana Norville delivered a presentation that was derived from their Urban Geography class group work on the issue of urban informality in central Georgetown. This presentation was introduced by Lecturer Mr. Rawle Edinboro who explained how Problem-Based Learning techniques were being infused into the Course.


    Participants at the seminar also engaged in group work specifically geared to garner feedback on how the experience of stakeholders can help to support the infusion of problem-based learning approaches into the delivery of relevant courses at the University of Guyana.


    At the end of the seminar, closing remarks were delivered by the Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Temitope Oyedotun who also awarded presenters with tokens of appreciation.


    View images from the seminar below:

    The CityLab Project Partners: U.G; GTI; UWI and Anton de Kom University

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Paloma Mohammed delivering opening remarks

    Government Technical Institute Principal Ms. Renita Duncan delivering remarks

    Ms. Angelika Namdar of Anton de Kom University, Suriname

    Dr. Asad Mohammed delivering a seminar presentation

    Group working session at the seminar

    Student presentation by Muzzamil Mohabir and Alana Norville

    Rawle Edinboro, Local CityLab Project Coordinator Chairperson of Session 1

    City Council representatives

    Students of the Guyana Technical Institute in attendance

    The Dean, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivering closing remarks

    Seminar participants pose for a photograph.



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    GEOFEES and GTI host National Seminar on Problem-Based Learning and Urban Challenges
  • FEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony 2019

    The FEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony was held on May 31, 2019 at the Education Lecture Theatre, in recognition of the outstanding performances and service by our students during the 2017/2018 academic year.

    This year’s guest speaker was Ms. Onika Stellingburg, a former student of the then School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She is Guyana’s first trained climate change negotiator and the first Guyanese selected to participate as the Caribbean Representative in the prestigious Climate Change Fellowship. Ms Stellingburg, who holds the position of Stakeholder Management Coordinator within the Ministry of the Presidency – Department of the Environment, delivered uplifting remarks to the awardees and encouraged them to apply their skills towards the task of nation-building.


    See below for a complete list of awardees, along with a few photos from the ceremony. The Faculty extends sincere gratitude to this year’s sponsors.



    Academic Awardees

    Best 1st Year Student: David Prince (Sponsor:  Conservation International Inc.)

    Best 2nd Year Student: Mr. Michael Morrison (Sponsor: Environmental Engineering Solutions)

    Best 2nd Year Student (GEO): Ms. Alana Norville (Sponsor: FEES)

    Best 3rd Year Student: Ms. Nikita La Cruz (Sponsor: Shell Service Station)

    Best 4th Year StudentMs. Benita Davis (Sponsor: Environmental Management Consultants)

    Best Research Project: Ms. Benita Davis (Sponsor: Development Policy & Management Consultants)

    Best Graduating StudentMs. Benita Davis (Sponsor: E&A Consultants Inc.)

    Best All Round Student: Mr. Nkofi Hodge (Sponsor: Austin’s Book Store)




    FEES Volunteer Recognition Awards 2018

    First Year

    Ms. Stacey Codogan

    Mr. Gordon Nedd

    Second Year

    Ms. Alana Norville

    Mr. Patrick Benjamin-Huntley

    Third Year

    Ms. Nikita LaCruz

    Fourth Year

    Ms. Madhavi Indarjeet

    Mr. Nkofi Hodge


    FEES Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year 2018 Awards

    Ms. Kim Chan 

    Mr. Cubator Stephen 



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    GEOFEES Annual Students’ Awards Ceremony 2019
  • Department of Geography awarded the Special Achievement in GIS 2019 Award

    The Department of Geography, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences has been awarded Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) 2019 Award.

    The department was nominated by Esri’s regional provider, Spatial Innovision, in recognition of user sites around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology, and was selected from more than 100,000 others.

    More information on the award can be found on Esri’s website.

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    GEODepartment of Geography awarded the Special Achievement in GIS 2019 Award