Geography Blog

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 […]

Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries

By JUSTIN GILLIS FEB. 22, 2016 New York Times The oceans are rising faster than at any point in the last 28 centuries, and human emissions of greenhouse gases are primarily responsible, scientists reported Monday. They added that the flooding that is starting to make life miserable in many coastal towns — like Miami Beach, Norfolk, Va., and […]

News from Haiti

My family and I are spending my sabbatical year in Haiti. These days are interesting times for Haiti. After five years in power, current President Michel Martelly (formerly best known as the pop singer Sweet Micky) is holding elections for the next president—who is supposed to assume power on February 7—as well as Parliament, and […]

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 […]