‘Department News’ Category

Geography students help bring in the wildflowers

Working with Gustavus Linnaeus Arboretum Director Scott Moeller, students in GEG-105 Physical Geography paired with students from John Ireland Catholic School to plant wildflowers in the deciduous woods of the Arboretum on Tuesday, May 9. The deciduous trees, planted about 40 years ago, are now large enough to begin shading out invasive grasses; this will […]

Dr. Joaquín Villanueva recognized for his work on diversity

Congratulations to Dr. Joaquín Villanueva, Assistant Professor of Geography and of Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, on being awarded the 2017 Mark H. Anderson Faculty Diversity Award! Dr. Villanueva is engaged in efforts to strengthen community at Gustavus through his teaching, research, and service. “My ultimate aim,” he says, “is to contribute to the creation […]

Designing Cities – Creating Townscapes

Geography Professor Emeritus Bob Moline is giving a series of three public talks on “Designing Cities, Creating Townscapes” Tuesdays at 7:00 PM from April 4 to April 17 in the Saint Peter Community Center Traverse des Sioux Room. All are welcome.

Maddie Johnson (’17): GIS Scholar of Excellence

Geography and Spanish double major Maddie Johnson (’17) gave a research talk at the 26th Annual Conference of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium in Duluth in October. Maddie represented Gustavus Adolphus College as a GIS/LIS Consortium Student Scholar. Maddie used GIS to identifying the land parcels in our local Seven Mile Creek Watershed that are 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!

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.

Danielle Yaste Presents GIS Research at National Geography Conference

Danielle Yaste (’16), double major in Geography and Sociology/Anthropology, presented research at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Chicago this April. Danielle conducted the study, which uses GIS to investigate regional patterns of human trafficking, while studying in Uganda. Katie Feterl (’16), double major in Geography and Environmental Studies, also […]

Urban change: Geography professor to give research talk at MSU

Dr. Joaquin Villanueva, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Gustavus, will give a talk featuring his research on ethnographic methods to assess urban change this Friday at Minnesota State University. Current students and faculty should contact Anna if you are interested in attending. We’ll leave Gustavus at 2:20pm. Talk title: URBAN METHODOLOGIES: GRASPING URBAN CHANGE […]

Weather balloon launch

As part of Dr. Jeff La Frenierre‘s GEG-108 Weather, Climate & Society course, the Department of Geography and Department of Physics will launch a weather balloon carrying instrumentation on Tuesday, October 28, at 12:30pm from the Nobel Hall parking lot area. All are invited to the launch! Update: Due to high winds forecast for Tuesday, […]