Geography Blog

From Ecuadorian Glacier to Football Field: Gustavus Senior Linebacker Adapts

The glacier research of Geography and Geology major Casey Decker (’18) and Prof. Jeff La Frenierre is featured in this KSTP article.

When demand exceeds supply: The Colorado River

Join Professor Emeritus of Geography, Dr. Bob Moline, for a conversation and slide field trip about the Colorado River and who can claim its water: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00 PM Traverse des Sioux Room, Saint Peter Community Center Laura Bliss says it best: “Even if climate change wasn’t shrinking the snowpack that feeds it, […]

Where can you dispose of paint, cell phones, pharmaceuticals, batteries, and other waste?

Need to get rid of old batteries, expired medicine, paint, or old appliances?  Here is a helpful interactive map showing where various household wastes may be safely disposed in the Saint Peter area. The map was designed by alum Dani Olson (’17) while studying Geography and Environmental Studies at Gustavus.

Elliot Mohler (’18) explores city planning with an internship in New Ulm

Elliot Mohler (’18), a double major in Geography with GIS and Environmental Studies, conducted an internship with the City of New Ulm, MN, during the 2017 spring semester, and shares about the experience below: The goal of this internship was for me to gain exposure to all facets of city government. Every week or two I […]

Human Impact on the Environment class explores the North Woods

Students of GEG-230 The Anthropocene (Human Impact on the Environment) and Professor Jeff La Frenierre took a weekend field trip on May 12-14 to see firsthand some of the ways in which Minnesotans have impacted their environments, and how these impacts are being managed to provide necessary resources in a more environmentally-sustainable manner. On Saturday, […]

Geography students help bring in the wildflowers

Working with Gustavus Linnaeus Arboretum Director Scott Moeller, students in GEG-105 Physical Geography paired with students from John Ireland Catholic School to plant wildflowers in the deciduous woods of the Arboretum on Tuesday, May 9. The deciduous trees, planted about 40 years ago, are now large enough to begin shading out invasive grasses; this will […]

Dr. Joaquín Villanueva recognized for his work on diversity

Congratulations to Dr. Joaquín Villanueva, Assistant Professor of Geography and of Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, on being awarded the 2017 Mark H. Anderson Faculty Diversity Award! Dr. Villanueva is engaged in efforts to strengthen community at Gustavus through his teaching, research, and service. “My ultimate aim,” he says, “is to contribute to the creation […]

Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium: April 29

The Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium (MUGS) will be hosted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN, this year on Saturday, April 29. The keynote speaker is Brian Ross of the Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Development. He will talk about the the development of solar […]

Designing Cities – Creating Townscapes

Geography Professor Emeritus Bob Moline is giving a series of three public talks on “Designing Cities, Creating Townscapes” Tuesdays at 7:00 PM from April 4 to April 17 in the Saint Peter Community Center Traverse des Sioux Room. All are welcome.

Danielle Olson (’17): Interactive, online mapping of local waste and recycling facilities

This past January, Danielle Olson, a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography with GIS, was an intern for Tri-County Solid Waste, which helps residents and businesses in Sibley, Le Sueur, and Nicollet Counties manage their waste.   What were your daily tasks? The project initially started from an independent, semester-long project for my Environmental […]