Geography Blog

Alexis Sienczak: Water quality sampling on the Mississippi River

Alexis Sienczak (December ’18), a Biology and Geography double major, held a summer volunteer position with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Lake City, MN. She worked with the water conservation, vegetation, and fishery departments. The purpose was to collect water samples from the Mississippi River as part of the Army Corp of […]

Chris Pouliot (’98) receives MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award

Congratulations to Gustavus Geography alumnus Chris Pouliot (’98) for winning the Minnesota GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award. This award recognizes “GIS professionals who demonstrate a beacon of energy and creativity that inspires and guides the rest of us.” Chris works for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Geography Prof. La Frenierre receives major NSF grant

The National Science Foundation Hydrological Sciences program has awarded a three-year grant totaling $192,441 to Gustavus Adolphus College for support of a project entitled Collaborative Research: Determining the eco-hydrogeologic response of tropical glacierized watersheds to climate change: An integrated data-model approach, under the direction of Jeff La Frenierre, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. […]

Casey Decker (’18): Scholars at the Capitol 2018

Casey Decker (’18), a double Geography and Geology major, represented Gustavus at the Minnesota Private College Council’s Scholars at the Capitol on February 21, 2018. He was one of 48 student researchers chosen from across the state. His study, Quantifying Glacier Volume Change using UAV-Derived Imagery and Structure from Motion Photogrammetry, was advised by Prof. […]

Elliot Mohler (’18): Working to ensure broadband access for all Minnesotans

Elliot Mohler (’18), a double major in Geography with GIS and Environmental Studies, is an intern for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. He shares about the internship below. Who did you work for and what did you do? During the fall 2017 semester, I worked for the Minnesota Department of Employment and […]

Spotlight on Prof. Parvathy Binoy

Prof. Parvathy Binoy is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. She also teaches courses for Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies and Environmental Studies. Student Elliot Mohler (’18) recently interviewed Prof. Binoy to ask the following questions:   Where did you study for your degrees?   I did my B.A. at Oregon State […]

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.