Archive for Ryan Bergstrom

 

As Climate Warms American West, Iconic Trout In Jeopardy

As readers might recall, I suffer from weather-mania, an affliction inherited from my father.  However, I also suffer from trout-mania, an affliction equally inherited from my father that was born on the small streams of Franconia, Minnesota, and matured on the blue-ribbon streams of southwestern Montana. Today, the very trout that have brought me so […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

Welcome Geographers

Welcome geographers and friends of geography to the 2013 academic year at Gustavus Adolphus College. The Department of Geography is proud to welcome back Anna Versluis as Department Co-Chair, Visiting Instructor Lencho Bati, Visiting Assistant Professor Ryan Bergstrom, Professors Emeriti Bob Douglas and Bob Moline, and Administrative Assistant Judy Helmeke.  We are especially excited to […]

 

When Storm Chasing Goes Wrong

Note: The intent of this posting, even prior to this morning, was not to make light of these events, or to sensationalize, rather it was a genuine call to everyone that if experts in the field can be caught off guard by the unpredictable nature of these dangerous storms, what chance do the rest of us […]

 

Renowned Climate Scientist Visits the Department of Geography

Dr. James White, Professor of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at Colorado University-Boulder, spent the past two days at Gustavus as part of a National Science Foundation grant (Integrating Sustainability Across and Within the Science Curriculum).  As part of his visit, Dr. White gave two […]

 

Brown Bag Lunch Seminar

The Department of Geography is proud to announce the first in a series of Brown Bag Lunch seminars.  The goal of the series is to promote the discipline of geography, hear speakers, and exchange ideas, while enjoying lunch or a snack.  Seminars will be held at the Robert Moline Map Library in Nobel Hall. Please […]

 

GIS: Changing History One Map at a Time

A recent article at Smithsonian.com, highlights Anne Knowles, professor of Geography at Middlebury College, and how she uses Geographic Information Science (systems) to literally make history come alive.  In the process, she challenges long-standing academic views of noteworthy historical events by “putting place at the center of history.”  Take for example the often-questioned decision by […]

 

What a Difference a Year Makes!

It was a year ago this week that I decided to drive the 500 miles from Manhattan, Kansas to Minnesota to spend time with my family for spring break.  On St. Patrick’s Day, we spent the afternoon on the patio at the Brookside Bar and Grill in Marine on the St. Croix, enjoying summer-like weather […]

 

J-Term Course Explores Wilderness Management Issues

The goal of GEG 151 (Wilderness: Recreation and Resource) was to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of wilderness through an examination of recreational activities and natural resource uses. In particular, the class focused on the human dimensions of recreation and extractive activities including their historical and contemporary context, the agencies and management strategies related to […]