‘Student & Faculty highlights’ Category

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 […]


Austen Hilding wins summer REU

Congratulations to Environment Studies and Geography major Austen Hilding (’16) for being awarded a summer research experience for undergraduates (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation, at the University of Idaho’s Department of Biological Sciences. This summer Austen will be studying community assembly and disassembly on “islands” of habitat, such as mountain peaks or forest fragments, […]


Drs. Thomas Sigler and Angelique Dwyer on Panama

Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Dr. Thomas Sigler and Dr. Angelique Dwyer on their paper: The Heterogeneous Isthmus: Unpacking Socioeconomic and Cultural Differentiation in Panama Thursday, April 16, 1:30-2:30 Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall of Science, Gustavus Adolphus College Dr. Thomas Sigler is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of […]


Brianna Furey (’15): GIS Intern with Nicollet County Environmental Services

An interview with Geography major Brianna Furey (’15), who conducted a fall 2014 internship with Nicollet County Environmental Services. Q: What is your internship? Brianna: I work as a GIS intern in the Environmental Services Department at the Nicollet County Government Center in St. Peter, MN. I started the internship in September 2014 and it […]

Student works to slow spread of aquatic invasive species

This is a guest post by Geography and Environmental Studies major Matt Keller ’15. I worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) this last summer as Watercraft Inspector. The goal of my internship was to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species through public education and watercraft inspection. Invasive species that I […]


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 […]


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 […]