‘Student & Faculty highlights’ Category

Elliot Mohler (’18): Working to ensure broadband access for all Minnesotans

Elliot Mohler (’18), a double major in Geography with GIS and Environmental Studies, is an intern for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. He shares about the internship below. Who did you work for and what did you do? During the fall 2017 semester, I worked for the Minnesota Department of Employment and […]

Spotlight on Prof. Parvathy Binoy

Prof. Parvathy Binoy is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. She also teaches courses for Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies and Environmental Studies. Student Elliot Mohler (’18) recently interviewed Prof. Binoy to ask the following questions:   Where did you study for your degrees?   I did my B.A. at Oregon State […]

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.

Fall break backpacking trip: Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area

First-time backpackers Brittney Johnson (’20), Kiara Krippner (’20), and Emma Jones (’18) joined Professor Jeff La Frenierre for a Fall Break 2017 exploration of the Angleworm Lake Trail in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. This 14-mile loop meanders through a gorgeous area of small lakes, tall pines and granite outcrops and was the […]

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 […]

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.

Danielle Olson (’17): Interactive, online mapping of local waste and recycling facilities

This past January, Danielle Olson, a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography with GIS, was an intern for Tri-County Solid Waste, which helps residents and businesses in Sibley, Le Sueur, and Nicollet Counties manage their waste.   What were your daily tasks? The project initially started from an independent, semester-long project for my Environmental […]

Matthew Kuckler (’17): Creating web-based geographic databases

Matt Kuckler (’17) is a double major in Geography with GIS and in Environmental Studies. In January he conducted a GIS internship for Assembly MN, a group of commercial retail consultants who operate in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area.   What were your daily tasks? Any special projects you were able to work on? […]

Abby Michels (’18): Mapping faults in Mexico

The following blog is a guest post by Abby Michels (’18), a Geology major with a GIS minor. She spent this past January in Mexico on a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).   I began researching near Santa Rosalia, Mexico on the Boleo Mineral Mine through an REU with other geology students and professors from […]