Archive for March, 2012


Snake wrangler

The Gustavus GEG 105 Introduction to Physical Geography class took at tour of the Linnaeus Arboretum on Tuesday, March 27, to learn about the biomes of Minnesota. Gustavus senior Ellen Miller holds a garter snake that was sunning itself in the woods. While many people have an aversion to snakes, garter snakes are harmless and […]


Celebration of Creative Inquiry: Abstracts due April 6

The annual Gustavus Celebration of Creative Inquiry will take place on Friday, May 4, 2012, from 5-7 pm and showcase the research and other scholarship of Gustavus students. The deadline to submit an abstract is next week: April 6, 2012. To learn more or submit an abstract for your research poster presentation see


Geography movie night

Today is Geography movie night! Come to the Geography Department in Nobel Hall this evening, Tuesday, March 27, at 7:00 pm to watch The Motorcycle Diaries. Everyone is welcome.


Mark your calendar: MUGS 2012

  The Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium will be held at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN, on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Many Gustavus Geography students will be participating. For more information see the conference website.


Population Change in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 2000-2010

This map reveals a wealth of stories. Explosive growth in places like Austin, TX, Boise, ID, Charlotte, NC, Las Vegas, NV, McAllen, TX, Raleigh, NC, and Riverside, CA shifted the center of population southward. Deindustrialization led to actual numerical decline in Buffalo, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toledo, and Youngstown. Hurricane Katrina reinforced the ongoing pattern […]


Where’s the Snow–in the Northwest

While southern Minnesota has had a relatively warm winter with little snow cover, things are quite different in the Pacific Northwest. Sea surface temperatures and atmospheric circulation patterns have been in the La Niña pattern. While El Niño features warmer than normal ocean temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, La Niña features cooler than […]


Annual Geography Meeting in New York City

Geography Professors Ruth Baker, Thomas Sigler, and Anna Versluis attended the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers held in New York City on February 24-28, 2012. Dr. Sigler presented a paper titled “Explaining Rapid Growth along Panama City’s Waterfront” and Dr. Versluis presented a paper titled “Formal and Familial Material Aid Following the […]