Geography Blog

“Why Geography” Series Presents: Kristie Olson ’21

1.Why did you choose to major in Geography? Coming to college I knew two things, I wanted to help people from a structural level and that I enjoyed science, but I was not good at biology/chem/physics. I knew I was passionate about the environment and people, but that was about it. So, I took some […]

“Why Geography” Series Presents: Grace Tobin ’21

1. Why did you choose to major in Geography? I chose to major in Geography because it was exactly the field I’ve been looking for my whole life. After just two weeks of my first two classes in the department, Energy and Urban Geography, I knew that this was what I wanted to study. I’ve […]

Quincy Yangh (’21): Working for equal access to justice

Geography major Tori Franciosi (’21) interviewed Quincy Yangh (’21) about his fall 2019 internship with iProbono, an NGO in New Delhi, India. The internship was part of a one-month Independent Study Period of the School for International Training (SIT)’s Nepal and India: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples study away program. Please describe the internship you participated […]

James Miller: GIS for recycling and waste disposal

We regularly feature geography related student internships on this blog. Today we hear from James Miller (‘21), a double major in Geography and Biology, who participated in a GIS internship for Nicollet County, MN, this summer.  Describe the internship you participated in this summer. I spent ten hours a week working with Nicollet County Property […]

Introducing Prof. Tiffany Grobelski

Prof. Tiffany Grobelski is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. She recently interviewed with student Tori Franciosi (’21): Where did you study for your degrees? As an undergraduate, I studied at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL– about an hour north of where I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago—and got […]

Science Magazine features climate change research of Prof. La Frenierre

Science, the leading academic journal for the sciences, is featuring Prof. Jeff La Frenierre’s research studying glacial retreat in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. Congratulations, Jeff!

The changing landscape of southern Minnesota agriculture

The Gustavus Möbius Initiative is featuring a short video on the interdisciplinary research of Geography professor Dr. Anna Versluis, Anthropology professor Dr. Annika Ericksen, and Gustavus students on “The Changing Agricultural Landscape of Southern Minnesota: Farmers’ Perspectives.” Dr. Greg Kastor, Professor of History and Hanson-Peterson Chair of Liberal Studies, calls the research project “an interesting, […]

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 […]