Geography Blog

Abby Michels (’18): Mapping faults in Mexico

The following blog is a guest post by Abby Michels (’18), a Geology major with a GIS minor. She spent this past January in Mexico on a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).   I began researching near Santa Rosalia, Mexico on the Boleo Mineral Mine through an REU with other geology students and professors from […]

Helen Thompson (’17): Creating a spatial public assets inventory

Helen Thompson is a double major in Geography with GIS and in Environmental Studies. In January, she was an intern for Nicollet County’s Property and Public Services Department based in Saint Peter, MN.   What were your daily tasks? I worked on digitizing culverts and estimating their lengths using 2016 aerial photographs and DEM [digital […]

Maddie Johnson (’17): GIS Scholar of Excellence

Geography and Spanish double major Maddie Johnson (’17) gave a research talk at the 26th Annual Conference of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium in Duluth in October. Maddie represented Gustavus Adolphus College as a GIS/LIS Consortium Student Scholar. Maddie used GIS to identifying the land parcels in our local Seven Mile Creek Watershed that are the […]

Erica Brown (’17): Mapping the City

Erica Brown (class of 2017) is a Gustavus student majoring in Geography with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration. She interned for the City of Rochester this past summer. Who did you work for and what do they do? I worked for the City of Rochester, MN, in their Public Works Department. I assisted the GIS […]

Maddie Johnson (’17): GIS for commercial real estate

Maddie Johnson (Class of 2017) is a Gustavus double major in Spanish and Geography with GIS Concentration. She is currently the teaching assistant for GEG-240 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems. She spent summer 2016 conducting GIS data analysis for a real estate company. Who did you work for and what did you do? This past […]

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 […]