Geography Blog

Dani Olson (’17): Producing geospatial data and maps for cities, parks, and lakes

Danielle Olson ( Class of 2017) is a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography with GIS Concentration. She spent summer 2016 using her GIS skills to make maps and collect geospatial data for the City of Burnsville, MN. Who did you work for and what did you do? I worked for the City of […]

Danielle Yaste (’16): Bringing back wild rice

It was fun to recently hear Gustavus Geography alumnus Danielle Yaste (’16) on Minnesota Public Radio talking about how to scatter wild rice seed in the St. Louis River estuary, near Duluth. Up to 3000 acres of this estuary was once in wild rice, but pollution and industry have depleted wild rice habitat. Danielle, working […]

Terrorism and the state of emergency in France

On July 14, Bastille Day, a national holiday celebrating the French Revolution, a Franco-Tunisian man drove a truck through the crowds killing 84 people and leaving many more wounded. The attack was the third big terrorist attack in France since January 2015. The Islamic State claimed the attack, despite the fact that authorities have found […]

Les Halles and the neoliberal city

In 2004 the city of Paris announced the renovation of Les Halles, an area that until the 1970s served as the main food market of the city. Les Halles gathered farmers and shoppers in the city-center for centuries but in the 70s, the city moved the food market to the suburbs and in its place […]

Urban geography, difference, and territoriality in France

Saint Denis is a city to the north of Paris, located in the inner suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis. It is, by all measures, a global city. With a population of over 90,000 inhabitants, Saint Denis is extremely diverse. Here we encounter populations from North Africa, Sub-Sahara Africa and the Middle East along with “native” French. The […]

Celebration of Creative Inquiry

On Friday, May 6 the Gustavus community is celebrating the work of its students during the event Celebration of Creative Inquiry (CCI). From 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm students from all disciplines display posters on class, thesis, collaborative, and/or individual research projects. This year the Geography Department will be well represented. Over 20 presentations will […]

The mysterious rise of two Caribbean lakes

Here’s some interesting geography news from my part of the world: National Geographic: The Relentless Rise of Two Caribbean Lakes Baffles Scientists. We drove past both Étang Saumâtre and Lake Enriquillo recently and wondered why they were rising. We saw houses under water and noticed that the Dominican immigration and customs houses seemed new and […]

Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries

By JUSTIN GILLIS FEB. 22, 2016 New York Times The oceans are rising faster than at any point in the last 28 centuries, and human emissions of greenhouse gases are primarily responsible, scientists reported Monday. They added that the flooding that is starting to make life miserable in many coastal towns — like Miami Beach, Norfolk, Va., and […]

News from Haiti

My family and I are spending my sabbatical year in Haiti. These days are interesting times for Haiti. After five years in power, current President Michel Martelly (formerly best known as the pop singer Sweet Micky) is holding elections for the next president—who is supposed to assume power on February 7—as well as Parliament, and […]

Field Trip – GEG 236 Urban Geography

On Friday, November 20, 2015 students of GEG 236 Urban Geography went to Saint Paul’s East Side Enterprise Center (804 Margaret St. Saint Paul, MN 55106). We were received by three wonderful community organizers – Salvador Miranda of Voices for Racial Justice, Yolanda Cotterall from the Latino Economic Development Center, and Pakou Hang from the […]