‘Student & Faculty highlights’ Category

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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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Irish immigration to rural Minnesota: Gustavus study featured in Rochester’s PostBulletin

Professor Emeritus of Geography, Bob Douglas, and former Gustavus student Carl Cronin’s study of Irish immigration to Minnesota is featured in today’s Rochester Post-Bulletin: “Douglas undertook his mapping of Irish population in Olmsted County after conducting a survey of historic locales for the Olmsted County Planning Department. He and a student, Eric Cronin, combed through […]

 

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 […]

Geography major John McLean is Gustavus Athlete of the Month. 

John McLean Named Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to junior Geography major and hockey goalie John McLean who was named Male Gustavus Athlete of the Month for January 2014. “Thanks in part to a red-hot goaltender who is seeing the puck now better than anytime this season, the Gustavus men’s hockey team is in first place in the conference standings with 32 […]

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Internship at dairy spurs interest in agriculture

During January, Junior Geography major Carlie Hedlund conducted an internship at the New Sweden Dairy, one of three Davis Family Dairies in Nicollet County, MN. Together, the dairies manage over 20,000 cows and calves and daily produce 570,000 gallons of milk that is made into 70,000 pounds of cheese. “I think a lot of people […]

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Will Metcalf is Wallenberg Scholar

Junior Geography major Will Metcalf is one of three Wallenberg Scholars from Gustavus who are working in Sweden this January. Will is working at Green Tech Park, a sustainable business park which works on regional and national sustainable development projects. In particular, Will is studying biogas technology in the private sector and renewable energy strategy […]

 

Geography Publication: Informal Material Aid & the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

My study of how friends and family provided material assistance to survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and how formal disaster aid groups might learn from these informal sector aid systems, is now available online (for free, for now) from the Overseas Development Institute. A summary of the study is below.   Formal and informal […]

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Study of Gustavus Geography and Film J-Term Course Published

Many of you will remember Dr. Thomas Sigler who was a Visiting Professor of Geography at Gustavus (2011-12) and is now in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland in Australia. The 2012 Gustavus January Term course he taught, The City as Image, the City as Subject, is the subject […]

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Faculty Profile: Prof. Ryan Bergstrom

By Gustavus Geography major Brian Zabel (’14). Growing up in St. Paul, MN, Dr. Ryan Bergstrom started his journey to Gustavus after graduating from nearby Mahtomedi High School.  He then spent some time at Lakewood Community College/Century College where he pursued a business degree.  During his pursuit of a business degree, Ryan spent several years […]

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Welcome, Dr. Joaquín Villanueva

By Mitch Nelson (’14), Geography and Economics Major Join in a welcome for the new Visiting Assistant Geography Professor, Dr. Joaquín Villanueva. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Villanueva achieved his B.A. in French and Italian with a minor in Geography from the University of Puerto Rico.  During his time at the […]