Archive for Anna Versluis

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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.