‘Geography course highlights’ Category


Urban Geography field trip to Twin Cities

Dr. Joaquin Villanueva‘s Urban Geography class took a field trip to the Twin Cities last month.


Photos and data from weather balloon launch

Dr. Jeff La Frenierre‘s GEG-108 Weather, Climate, and Society class, in conjunction with Dr. Chuck Niederriter and the Department of Physics, launched a weather balloon last month. Here are some photos and data collected by the balloon’s instruments.


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, […]


Coneflower Prairie

Under a sky of brilliant blue, students in GEG105 Physical Geography: Earth System Science braved the cold this morning to walk through the lovely Gustavus Coneflower Prairie, a representation of the grassland biome which once stretched like a vast ocean of grasses from Saint Peter west to the Rocky Mountains. When asked if it was […]


Not your typical soil probe

What happens when you ask a local farmer if you can take a soil sample from his field? He says he has something better than a soil probe: he has an excavator and he’ll dig you a 6-foot trench. So students in GEG-105 Physical Geography: Earth System Science this week were treated to a view […]


“Overpopulation is not the problem”

This recent op-ed piece in the New York Times by geographer and environmental scientist Erle Ellis sums up perfectly last week’s lesson in GEG/ENV-250 Nature & Society. Here’s an excerpt: “Unable to explain how [human] populations grew for millenniums while increasing the productivity of the same land, I discovered the agricultural economist Ester Boserup, the […]


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 […]


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 […]


Students Visit Local Frac Sand Mine

Human geography students donned safety goggles and hardhats to visit the Unimin mining operation in Kasota. The trip offered students a chance to witness mining in action and see the interplay of global forces, local geomorphology, and textbook economic geography locational considerations. Unimin is a Belgium-based company with mines on all seven continents. Their Kasota, […]