Archive for 2013

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American Indian Activist to Speak at Gustavus

Clyde Bellecourt, Native American civil rights leader and co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), will speak at Gustavus Adolphus College at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in Alumni Hall. Bellecourt’s lecture is titled “The American Indian Movement: Past, Present, and Future,” and is free and open to the public. Bellecourt was born on the […]

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Guess the Scale: Macro or Micro?

If you love the concept of scale as much as the next geographer, you should check out this Smithsonian website. It contains images collected at the macro scale by a geographer (using remote sensing) and at the micro scale by a herpetologist (using a microscope). Can you guess which are the macro images and which […]

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Geocaching in the Arb: This Saturday

Introduction to Geocaching will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. GPS Geocaching is like a fun, technology-based outdoor treasure hunt. If you’ve never tried geocaching before, this is your chance. We’ll have several GPS units on-hand you can borrow and we’ll teach you […]

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Faculty Profile: Prof. Ryan Bergstrom

By Gustavus Geography major Brian Zabel (’14). Growing up in St. Paul, MN, Dr. Ryan Bergstrom started his journey to Gustavus after graduating from nearby Mahtomedi High School.  He then spent some time at Lakewood Community College/Century College where he pursued a business degree.  During his pursuit of a business degree, Ryan spent several years […]

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Upcoming Talk: Nature as Understood through Indigenous Wisdom and Scientific Knowledge

Robin Wall Kimmerer presents Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7:00 pm, Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus Adolphus College As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, […]

A deserted beach in southern Sri Lanka in 2010. (Photo by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau. Creative Commons License.) 

Sri Lankan beach tourism: Sustainable development of the coastline

When Sri Lanka’s internal conflict ended in 2009, miles of tropical beaches became ripe for international development and tourism. In this Al Jazeera opinion piece, Geographers William Moseley and Vinad Malwatte argue that tourism development in Sri Lanka must take into account local communities and environmental impacts. They critique current plans for large resort-style hotels […]

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45th Annual South Dakota State Geography Convention Announced

The South Dakota State Geography Convention is the longest running student organized and sponsored annual meeting in the United States.  The convention will be held on the campus of South Dakota State University on March 20-21, 2014. The convention has no registration fees, so we would love to have many students attend as this is […]

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Illegal Clearings in ‘Isolated Indigenous Peoples’ Reserve – Peru

Photos released by the Peruvian government confirm the presence of illegal clearings in the Kaguapakori-Nahua-Nanti Reserve (KNNR).  The KNNR was created in 1990 in an effort to protect the territorial rights of the Nahua and Nanti, who had limited contact with the outside world.  The creation of the Reserve was based primarily on contact between […]

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Salary data and trends for careers with a geography degree

  There are many different occupations that require knowledge of and skills in geography. Using information from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Association of American Geographers (AAG) has compiled data on a broad list of occupations related to geography. Using this online careers database, you can explore the diversity of career opportunities available to […]

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Minnesota wetlands and the mystery of deformed frogs

Dr. Judy Helgen, author of Perils in the Ponds and a retired research scientist from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, will present a compelling talk concerning Minnesota’s wetlands and the deformed frog mystery along with her experience in dealing with environmental politics. Today at 7–8:30 pm Olin Hall 103, Gustavus Adolphus College