‘Department News’ Category

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Gustavus hosts dialogue on peace and conflict in the Horn of Africa

A community leader’s dialogue on “Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding for The Horn of Africa” is being held Thursday, October 16 through Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Scholars, religious leaders, and community leaders from Norway, Germany, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Ohio will be participating in the […]

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Geography student presents GIS study

Will Metcalf (’15) represented Gustavus Geography very nicely while presenting his research at the 24th Annual Conference of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium in Rochester, MN, earlier this month. Will’s work explores how GIS can be used as a tool to better communicate scientific research using GRACE, a satellite-based sensor which monitors glacier and hydrological change […]

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Welcome to new Professor of Geography, Dr. La Frenierre!

This is a guest post written by Geography major Brianna Furey (’15). Join in a welcome for the new Assistant Professor of Geography, Dr. Jeff La Frenierre. Raised in Colorado, Dr. La Frenierre became interested in rocks and landscapes after many trips to the mountains during his childhood. While originally pursuing a degree in journalism […]

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Upcoming Geography Dept. Talk: The future of mapping technology and what it means for society

In celebration of the new GIS minor at Gustavus, the Department of Geography is excited to announce an upcoming talk by Dr. Steve Manson, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota: “Geographic Information Science: Maps, Society, and Technology.” Friday, March 7, at 3:30pm in Olin Hall 103, Gustavus Adolphus College Steven Manson is […]

 

Arb Soup and Sandwich Seminar – Dr. Anna Versluis, Geography Department: Geo-engineering: Can we engineer our way out of climate change?

In the search for solutions to climate change concerns, Geo-engineering (also called “climate engineering”) has recently emerged as a potential solution (seeding the oceans with iron, for example).  Following a brief background on earth systems and climate change, we’ll talk about various proposals for geo-engineered solutions to climate change challenges, and look at what modern […]