Geography Blog

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 […]

Celebration of Creative Inquiry

On Friday, May 6 the Gustavus community is celebrating the work of its students during the event Celebration of Creative Inquiry (CCI). From 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm students from all disciplines display posters on class, thesis, collaborative, and/or individual research projects. This year the Geography Department will be well represented. Over 20 presentations will […]

The mysterious rise of two Caribbean lakes

Here’s some interesting geography news from my part of the world: National Geographic: The Relentless Rise of Two Caribbean Lakes Baffles Scientists. We drove past both Étang Saumâtre and Lake Enriquillo recently and wondered why they were rising. We saw houses under water and noticed that the Dominican immigration and customs houses seemed new and […]