Geography Blog

Studying Climate Change at Volcán Chimborazo, Ecuador

Geography Professor Jeff La Frenierre’s study of climate change on glaciated tropical Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador, is featured in this Glacier Hub blog post.

Fall break backpacking trip: Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area

First-time backpackers Brittney Johnson (’20), Kiara Krippner (’20), and Emma Jones (’18) joined Professor Jeff La Frenierre for a Fall Break 2017 exploration of the Angleworm Lake Trail in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. This 14-mile loop meanders through a gorgeous area of small lakes, tall pines and granite outcrops and was the […]

The Owens River and Valley: A Landscape from Water and Power

The Owens River Valley, in California, at first the location of Paiute and Shoshone Indian people, subsequently came under the influence of white settlers who began to irrigate a variety of crops and orchards hoping the newly formed U.S. Reclamation Service would add federal funds to help pay for the irrigation. However, Los Angeles, looking […]

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 […]