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“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, […]

Geography Picnic: Thursday, May 22

All Geography majors, minors, faculty and families are invited to the end-of-year Geography picnic: Where: Minnesota Square Park, Saint Peter, MN When: 5:30pm on Thursday, May 22 What: Taco/fajita bar, drinks, dessert, student awards, and good conversation

Today: Talk on River-Riparian Vegetation Dynamics

Matthew Goslin of the University of Oregon’s Geography Department, will give a talk on river-vegetation dynamics in the John Day River of eastern Oregon today at 10:30am in Nobel Hall 105. Hope to see you there!

Geography research posters: Celebration of Creative Inquiry 2014

Here are some of our Geography majors who presented research at this year’s Celebration of Creative Inquiry.        

Talk on remote sensing of polar ice

Sub-meter remote sensing of polar ice: Unexpected science from an unexpected source Paul Morin, Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota Monday, May 5, 3:00-4:20pm Nobel 201, Gustavus Adolphus College Recently the US federally funded polar science community had gained access to 5 polar orbiting, electro-optical sub-meter resolution satellites. This has allowed the polar regions to […]