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Lecture by author Chimamanda Adichie

The amazing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a writer from Nigeria who burst onto the literary scene in 2003 with her debut novel Purple Hibiscus, will deliver the 2014 Moe Lecture in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10 in Alumni Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College. The lecture is free and open to the public, […]

Building Bridges Conference this Saturday: Disposable Communities? Demanding Environmental Justice

Guest post by Elsa Bell and Shelbie Walsh. This Saturday! Gustavus Geography majors Shelbie Walsh and Elsa Bell would like to invite all of our fellow geography members to attend the Building Bridges conference at Gustavus on March 8 starting at 9am! We have been working all year to put this conference together, both of […]

Meg Wika wins AAG-GTU travel award

Congratulations to Meg Wika, senior geography major, who has been awarded an Association of American Geographer‘s (AAG) and Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) student travel award. This award will allow Meg to present her senior honors thesis at the national meeting of the AAG in Tampa, FL, in April 2014. Meg’s presentation is titled “Family, Patriotism, […]

Water and Climate Change Talk at Gustavus: Feb 27

Dr. Jason Smerdon, Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, will present a talk titled “Drip, Drip, Drip: Water, Climate Change, and Tales of Want and Excess in the 21st Century” on Thursday, February 27, at 7:30 pm in Olin 103, Gustavus Adolphus College.

Frost depths in Minnesota recorded at up to nearly 8 feet deep

Anyone living in Minnesota right now knows just how cold this winter has been. The Minnesota DNR writes, “The winter of 2013-14 has been the coldest in years. So far the average temperature of Meteorological Winter (December-February 9) is 9.4 degrees. If similar extreme cold continues for the rest of February, the winter of 2013-14 […]

Release of Google Earth-viewable historical global temperature data

Here’s a new data resource that looks great for student research projects, classroom instruction, or simply to play with. The University of East Anglia has released a Google Earth-compatible data set of global temperatures based on 6000 weather stations and reaching as far back as 1850. Find the data here.

How to compost with redworms

When I lived in a small apartment in southern California, I composted my kitchen scraps in a box of red worms. It really works! Check out the informative redworm composting program offered at the Gustavus Arb this Saturday: Composting with Redworms Saturday, December 7th, 10am Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus Adolphus College Got worms?    Did you know […]

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 […]

Taking a walking tour of a giant Africa map

The Gustavus Geography Department sponsored the visit of a giant floor map of Africa this week and invited area school children to come and take a walking tour of Africa. The map, which measures 26 feet by 35 feet, was on loan from National Geographic via the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education. With the help […]

Geology and political affiliation

An interesting blog post titled “How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline” is making waves. The Black Belt region of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia corresponds to a band of Cretaceous chalk deposited by a shallow sea over 65 million years ago. This chalk is the parent material for the region’s […]