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GEOG 477 Physical Geography Students at Bridge Glacier Fall 2022

Shannon Fargey, PhD

I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in Geography at the University of Victoria, situated on the traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən, Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples. I acknowledge that I am a settler on these lands and hold immense privilege to be here. I joined the department in 2014, with a focus on teaching excellence, promoting student discovery in Physical Geography and Spatial Data Science topics. I have a passion for exploring mountain landscapes, leading field schools themed on mountain meteorology and alpine environmental change but I am also equally committed to teaching campus-based courses in all levels of the program.  


Feel free to contact me anytime: fargey(@)


For the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 terms I am teaching the following courses: Introduction to Physical Geography (GEOG 103), Cartography (GEOG 323), GIS Analysis (GEOG 328), Mountain Meteorology Field School (GEOG 313), Field Studies in Physical Geography (GEOG 477), and Advanced Studies in Weather and Climate (GEOG 484).This upcoming year I will also be supporting the Department as the Undergraduate Advisor, Honours Advisor and Chair of the Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

Each year I supervise Honours Students, Directed Studies and Computer Science Interdisciplinary Projects, so if you are looking for a supervisor, please be in touch!


I have taught a number of courses in the department over the years. In a given year you may find me teaching any of the following courses: Environmental, Society and Sustainability (GEOG 101A), Introduction to Maps and GIS (GEOG 222), Global Environmental Change and the Human Response (GEOG 314), Geocaching (GEOG 315), GIS Tools and Applications (GEOG 329), Disaster Management (GEOG 339); Hydrology (GEOG 370), Coastal Meteorology (GEOG 391), Advanced Spatial Analysis and Spatial Statistics (GEOG 418), Field Studies in Coastal and Marine Resources (GEOG 453), From Microclimate to Climate Change Field School or Exploring Hydrological Processes Field School (GEOG 491)

GEOG 313 Mountain Meteorology Students at Mount Cain, Vancouver Island Spring 2023


Coastal Meteorology Students in Clayoquot Sound Spring 2019

Award for Excellence in Teaching

Canadian Association of Geographers


Early Career Teaching Excellence Award

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Victoria


J. Alistair McVey Award for Teaching Excellence

Western Division of Canadian Association of Geographers


I earned my PhD at the University of Manitoba located on the traditional lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. I obtained my MSc and BSc at the University of Calgary, situated on the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda. I have always been interested in mountain landscapes, researching their influence and modification on weather and hydrological processes.

Before coming to the University of Victoria, I taught courses at Brandon University situated on the to the traditional homelands of the Dakota, Anishanabek, Oji-Cree, Cree, Dene and Metis peoples and the University of Manitoba and am grateful for their support of graduate student teaching opportunities.


More information about my research coming soon! 

I am also the proud mom of twin kiddos and love the new adventure of exploring the world through their eyes.

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