Geography Blog

Page 4


Geography student presents GIS study

Will Metcalf (’15) represented Gustavus Geography very nicely while presenting his research at the 24th Annual Conference of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium in Rochester, MN, earlier this month. Will’s work explores how GIS can be used as a tool to better communicate scientific research using GRACE, a satellite-based sensor which monitors glacier and hydrological change […]


Glacier change and water supply in Ecuador: Geography professor to give research talk at MSU

Dr. Jeff La Frenierre, Assistant Professor of Geography at Gustavus, will give a talk featuring his research on glacier retreat, hydrology, and water resources in Ecuador this Friday at Minnesota State University. Current students and faculty should contact Anna if you are interested in attending. We’ll leave Gustavus at 2:30pm. Talk title: PAPA CHIMBORAZO IS […]


Drone images Linnaeus Arboretum for Geography class

The Gustavus GEG-240 Fundamentals of GIS class, taught by Dr. Jeff La Frenierre, got to see a drone in action this week as Erik Johnson (’02) brought a drone to campus to image Linnaeus Arboretum. This drone is essentially a (high-end!) styrofoam model airplane mounted with a camera and GPS unit. Special software geometrically corrects […]


Film: Connected by Coffee

The film Connected by Coffee will be shown on Thu, Oct 9 at 7pm in the Treaty Site History Center, 1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. Through this journey, the viewer learns how every cup of coffee we drink connects us in a very real way to the people who produce it. Film synopsis: Connected […]


“How to teach about climate without making your students feel hopeless”

Dr. Diana Liverman, a geographer at the University of Arizona, published this piece on the pedagogy of climate change in last month’s Washington Post. “[In the past,] students left my class feeling despondent and powerless. . .How would my students be motivated to do something if they felt paralyzed by fear and hopelessness? . . […]


Geography Bonfire: Sunday, 6-7pm

Join Geography faculty and students for a bonfire and s’mores outside of Sorensen Hall on Sunday, September 21, 6-7pm. See you there!


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 […]


Graduation advice for aspiring humanitarians: Don’t try to save the world

Geography Professor William Moseley of Macalester College gives advice for students looking to begin a career in international humanitarian service: “Graduates hoping to embark on an international humanitarian career should not do it to ‘save the world’.” “While working to make the world a better place is a noble goal, it often sets up a […]


Climate science grant awarded

Congratulations! Julie Bartley (Geology), Laura Triplett (Geology), Jim Dontje (ES), Jeff La Frenierre (arriving in Geography 2014), Cindy Johnson (Biology), and Michele Koomen (Education) have been awarded a grant from the InTeGrate Program: Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future. InTeGrate aims to increase geoscience literacy in all students and to connect the earth […]


Geography students present research at MUGS 2014

A large contingent of Gustie Geographers attended the Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium (MUGS) at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, on Saturday, April 26. Three Gustavus students presented research: Sydney Firmin (’14): Organic Foods and Consumption Brendan Maloney (’15): Water Rights in the Sacramento River Basin: Conflicts and Recommendations Meg Wika (’14): Family, […]