‘Geographic research and news’ Category

The changing landscape of southern Minnesota agriculture

The Gustavus Möbius Initiative is featuring a short video on the interdisciplinary research of Geography professor Dr. Anna Versluis, Anthropology professor Dr. Annika Ericksen, and Gustavus students on “The Changing Agricultural Landscape of Southern Minnesota: Farmers’ Perspectives.” Dr. Greg Kastor, Professor of History and Hanson-Peterson Chair of Liberal Studies, calls the research project “an interesting, […]

BBC features GAC climate change research

We are excited to share this five-minute BBC video, part of the BBC’s Earth From Space series, on the research of Prof. Jeff La Frenierre and colleagues on how climate change is impacting tropical glaciers. In the clip, Jeff and recent Gustavus graduates Casey Decker (’18) and Abby Michels (’18) can be seen piloting the […]

On top of the world: Gusties measure glacier melt in the Andes

Gustavus students Chloe Shaw (’19) and Hanna Albers (’19), working above the clouds at 16,000 feet on Volcán Cayambe, Ecuador, show off their crampon style after installing this glacier melt sensor earlier this month. The two are in Ecuador for a January field season with Prof. Jeff La Frenierre to study tropical glacier response to […]

Geography Prof. La Frenierre receives major NSF grant

The National Science Foundation Hydrological Sciences program has awarded a three-year grant totaling $192,441 to Gustavus Adolphus College for support of a project entitled Collaborative Research: Determining the eco-hydrogeologic response of tropical glacierized watersheds to climate change: An integrated data-model approach, under the direction of Jeff La Frenierre, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. […]

Casey Decker (’18): Scholars at the Capitol 2018

Casey Decker (’18), a double Geography and Geology major, represented Gustavus at the Minnesota Private College Council’s Scholars at the Capitol on February 21, 2018. He was one of 48 student researchers chosen from across the state. His study, Quantifying Glacier Volume Change using UAV-Derived Imagery and Structure from Motion Photogrammetry, was advised by Prof. […]

Studying Climate Change at Volcán Chimborazo, Ecuador

Geography Professor Jeff La Frenierre’s study of climate change on glaciated tropical Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador, is featured in this Glacier Hub blog post.

The Owens River and Valley: A Landscape from Water and Power

The Owens River Valley, in California, at first the location of Paiute and Shoshone Indian people, subsequently came under the influence of white settlers who began to irrigate a variety of crops and orchards hoping the newly formed U.S. Reclamation Service would add federal funds to help pay for the irrigation. However, Los Angeles, looking […]

When demand exceeds supply: The Colorado River

Join Professor Emeritus of Geography, Dr. Bob Moline, for a conversation and slide field trip about the Colorado River and who can claim its water: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00 PM Traverse des Sioux Room, Saint Peter Community Center Laura Bliss says it best: “Even if climate change wasn’t shrinking the snowpack that feeds it, […]

Where can you dispose of paint, cell phones, pharmaceuticals, batteries, and other waste?

Need to get rid of old batteries, expired medicine, paint, or old appliances?  Here is a helpful interactive map showing where various household wastes may be safely disposed in the Saint Peter area. The map was designed by alum Dani Olson (’17) while studying Geography and Environmental Studies at Gustavus.

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 […]