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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, […]


Gustavus Hosts Regional Undergraduate Geography Symposium

Undergraduate geography students from Gustavus and other colleges and universities in the region will present their student/faculty research at the 2015 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium (MUGS) on April 18 in the Jackson Campus Center.  This year’s symposium, hosted by the Gustavus Geography Department, will feature a keynote address “A River Runs Through It: Creating Rivers […]


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 […]


Urban Geography field trip to Twin Cities

Dr. Joaquin Villanueva‘s Urban Geography class took a field trip to the Twin Cities last month.


Photos and data from weather balloon launch

Dr. Jeff La Frenierre‘s GEG-108 Weather, Climate, and Society class, in conjunction with Dr. Chuck Niederriter and the Department of Physics, launched a weather balloon last month. Here are some photos and data collected by the balloon’s instruments.


Geography Holiday Party

Join us to celebrate the end of the semester and the holiday season! Geography Department Holiday Party Monday, December 8, 5-6pm Robert Moline Map Library (NHS 104) Friends and family welcome!

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 […]


Geocaching: A Campus Treasure Hunt

Geocaching in the Arb: A Campus Treasure Hunt Prizes, hot cider, and cookies! Sat, Nov 22, 1:00-3:00pm Melva Lind Interpretive Center Linnaeus Arboretum Everyone welcome!


What’s up with Russia? Talk by Dr. M. Blinnikov today at 2:30

What’s up with Russia? Political ecology and escalating conflict in eastern Europe. What events led to the current crisis in Ukraine? What domestic issues the Russian government faced that precipitated Crimea annexation? How ecological issues in Russia and Ukraine are surprisingly inter-connected to the developing conflict between the two, and also between Russia and the […]