Geography Blog


Field Trip – GEG 236 Urban Geography

On Friday, November 20, 2015 students of GEG 236 Urban Geography went to Saint Paul’s East Side Enterprise Center (804 Margaret St. Saint Paul, MN 55106). We were received by three wonderful community organizers – Salvador Miranda of Voices for Racial Justice, Yolanda Cotterall from the Latino Economic Development Center, and Pakou Hang from the […]

Fulbright Grant in Haiti

Greetings from Haiti! I am here with my family on a nine-month Fulbright Award to research land use change in Haiti and teach remote sensing of land cover change at the University of Haiti’s School of Agriculture and Veterinary Science. I hope to write a few blog posts from time to time!

Water, Tourism and Nicaragua: Talk at MSU

Our own Dr. Thomas LaVanchy will present his work entitled “When Wells Run Dry: Water and Tourism Along the Western Coast of Nicaragua” All are welcome to attend! Friday, November 6, 2015 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Armstrong Hall 215 Geography Department Minnesota State University, Mankato


Climate Observation: Talk at MSU

NATIONAL EXPERTS ON CLIMATE OBSERVATION Dr. Diane Stanitski (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Dr. John Adler (Captain, NOAA Corps (Ret.), National Ecological Observatory Network) Will Discuss Observational Geography: Technology and Applications for our World Friday, October 30th 3:00 – 4:15 PM Armstrong Hall Room #101, Department of Geography, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN All […]


Holocene Evolution of the Minnesota River and Tributaries

Here is a great opportunity to hear one of the top scientists on the Minnesota River watershed: Talk: A Slippery Slope: Holocene Evolution of the Minnesota River and Tributaries Dr. Carrie Jennings Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Friday, October 16th 3:00 – 4:15 PM Armstrong Hall Room #15, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN Sponsored by […]


Arctic lakes and climate change

We are excited that University of Alaska scientist Dr. Katey Walter Anthony will present her research on methane emissions from Arctic lakes at Gustavus on September 24. Dr. Walter Anthony is an intrepid field researcher who loves working in the Siberian and Alaskan wilderness. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, Nature, Science, National […]


Faculty-Student Research on Glacier Change in Ecuador

Congratulations to Geography Professor Jeff La Frenierre and Geography and Environmental Studies double major Helen Thompson (’17) for being awarded a Gustavus Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant for 2015 for their study Hydrological Implications of Glacier Retreat on Andean Volcanoes. They will travel to Ecuador in June for a three-week field season at Volcán Chimborazo. Their […]


Meg Wika (’14) awarded Patricia Lindell Research Prize

Congratulations to Geography and Environment Studies graduate Meg Wika (’14) for winning the Patricia Lindell Research Prize for 2014. Meg’s senior geography honors thesis–Family, Patriotism, and Land Stewardship: Employing the Rural Ideal to Champion Corn Ethanol in Minnesota–was chosen as the outstanding research paper as determined by the Gustavus Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library selection committee.


Talk: Drones for Science? Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Glacial Watershed Mapping in the Peruvian Andes

Gustavus Adolphus Geography and Environmental Studies present: Drones for Science? Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Glacial Watershed Mapping in the Peruvian Andes Oliver Wigmore, Department of Geography, Ohio State University Thursday May 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm Location: TBD The glaciers of the Peruvian Andes are rapidly retreating, transforming the hydrology and impacting the socio-economic […]


Danielle Yaste Presents GIS Research at National Geography Conference

Danielle Yaste (’16), double major in Geography and Sociology/Anthropology, presented research at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Chicago this April. Danielle conducted the study, which uses GIS to investigate regional patterns of human trafficking, while studying in Uganda. Katie Feterl (’16), double major in Geography and Environmental Studies, also […]