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Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries

By JUSTIN GILLIS FEB. 22, 2016 New York Times The oceans are rising faster than at any point in the last 28 centuries, and human emissions of greenhouse gases are primarily responsible, scientists reported Monday. They added that the flooding that is starting to make life miserable in many coastal towns — like Miami Beach, Norfolk, Va., and […]

News from Haiti

My family and I are spending my sabbatical year in Haiti. These days are interesting times for Haiti. After five years in power, current President Michel Martelly (formerly best known as the pop singer Sweet Micky) is holding elections for the next president—who is supposed to assume power on February 7—as well as Parliament, and […]

Field Trip – GEG 236 Urban Geography

On Friday, November 20, 2015 students of GEG 236 Urban Geography went to Saint Paul’s East Side Enterprise Center (804 Margaret St. Saint Paul, MN 55106). We were received by three wonderful community organizers – Salvador Miranda of Voices for Racial Justice, Yolanda Cotterall from the Latino Economic Development Center, and Pakou Hang from the […]

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!

Water, Tourism and Nicaragua: Talk at MSU

Our own Dr. Thomas LaVanchy will present his work entitled “When Wells Run Dry: Water and Tourism Along the Western Coast of Nicaragua” All are welcome to attend! Friday, November 6, 2015 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Armstrong Hall 215 Geography Department Minnesota State University, Mankato

Climate Observation: Talk at MSU

NATIONAL EXPERTS ON CLIMATE OBSERVATION Dr. Diane Stanitski (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Dr. John Adler (Captain, NOAA Corps (Ret.), National Ecological Observatory Network) Will Discuss Observational Geography: Technology and Applications for our World Friday, October 30th 3:00 – 4:15 PM Armstrong Hall Room #101, Department of Geography, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN All […]

Holocene Evolution of the Minnesota River and Tributaries

Here is a great opportunity to hear one of the top scientists on the Minnesota River watershed: Talk: A Slippery Slope: Holocene Evolution of the Minnesota River and Tributaries Dr. Carrie Jennings Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Friday, October 16th 3:00 – 4:15 PM Armstrong Hall Room #15, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN Sponsored by […]

Arctic lakes and climate change

We are excited that University of Alaska scientist Dr. Katey Walter Anthony will present her research on methane emissions from Arctic lakes at Gustavus on September 24. Dr. Walter Anthony is an intrepid field researcher who loves working in the Siberian and Alaskan wilderness. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, Nature, Science, National […]

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.