Geography Blog

Michelle Simms (’19): Renewable energy in Minnesota

We regularly feature geography-related student internships on this blog. Today we hear from Michelle Simms (’19), a double major in Biology and Religion, who interned in renewable energy infrastructure last summer. Who did you intern for and what does this company do? I worked at Geronimo Energy in Edina, MN. Geronimo Energy is a utility-scale […]

BBC features GAC climate change research

We are excited to share this five-minute BBC video, part of the BBC’s Earth From Space series, on the research of Prof. Jeff La Frenierre and colleagues on how climate change is impacting tropical glaciers. In the clip, Jeff and recent Gustavus graduates Casey Decker (’18) and Abby Michels (’18) can be seen piloting the […]

Imagining responses to climate change through agriculture

              Students in the GEG-150 Culture, Self, and Agriculture 2019 January-term course studied agriculture’s role in society and developed proposals to respond to climate change through agriculture. The course combined themes from last year’s Nobel Conference on soils and the coming Nobel Conference on climate change. Read more about […]

On top of the world: Gusties measure glacier melt in the Andes

Gustavus students Chloe Shaw (’19) and Hanna Albers (’19), working above the clouds at 16,000 feet on Volcán Cayambe, Ecuador, show off their crampon style after installing this glacier melt sensor earlier this month. The two are in Ecuador for a January field season with Prof. Jeff La Frenierre to study tropical glacier response to […]

Students network with remote sensing scientists

The GEG-345 Remote Sensing of the Environment class took a field trip to the USGS EROS Center near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to tour the facility and network with data information, remote sensing, and international relations professionals. EROS Center processes, stores, and makes available to scientists and the public petabytes* worth of environmental data and […]

Introducing Prof. Jesse McClelland

By Will Ristow (’20)  Please join the Geography Department in welcoming Visiting Professor Jesse McClelland! Jesse currently teaches World Geography in the fall and spring semesters along with a fall Urban Geography class.  He will also be offering an Economic Geography class next spring semester. Jesse was born in Missouri, but grew up in St. […]

Alexis Sienczak: Water quality sampling on the Mississippi River

Alexis Sienczak (December ’18), a Biology and Geography double major, held a summer volunteer position with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Lake City, MN. She worked with the water conservation, vegetation, and fishery departments. The purpose was to collect water samples from the Mississippi River as part of the Army Corp of […]

Chris Pouliot (’98) receives MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award

Congratulations to Gustavus Geography alumnus Chris Pouliot (’98) for winning the Minnesota GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award. This award recognizes “GIS professionals who demonstrate a beacon of energy and creativity that inspires and guides the rest of us.” Chris works for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Geography Prof. La Frenierre receives major NSF grant

The National Science Foundation Hydrological Sciences program has awarded a three-year grant totaling $192,441 to Gustavus Adolphus College for support of a project entitled Collaborative Research: Determining the eco-hydrogeologic response of tropical glacierized watersheds to climate change: An integrated data-model approach, under the direction of Jeff La Frenierre, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. […]

Casey Decker (’18): Scholars at the Capitol 2018

Casey Decker (’18), a double Geography and Geology major, represented Gustavus at the Minnesota Private College Council’s Scholars at the Capitol on February 21, 2018. He was one of 48 student researchers chosen from across the state. His study, Quantifying Glacier Volume Change using UAV-Derived Imagery and Structure from Motion Photogrammetry, was advised by Prof. […]