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Geography, Environment, and Society

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Content Creator
Petra Holtze

Digital Newsletters

CLAgency Content Creators write stories each semester that are published on departments' websites, shared via social media, and emailed out to department alumni and friends as a digital newsletter.

Recent Stories

Portrait of Laura Matson

Reservation Preservation

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Laura Matson combines her expertise in law and geography to focus on the expansion of tribal jurisdiction in the Great Lakes region. Matson has developed and defended her dissertation in analyzing resource policy and water regulation.
Portrait of Ryan Mattke

Minding the Maps

The Twin Cities campus has long known about the treasure of geographical information that the Borchert Map Library contains in the sub basement of Wilson Library. As more of its artifacts are digitized, the library’s resources will be able to serve researchers and map-curious people everywhere.
Portrait of Erin Jones and Karah VueBenson

Research in the First Person

The Gullah/Geechee Nation has a unique, centuries-old American culture that is under threat. Geography undergraduates Erin Jones and Karah VueBenson traveled to visit Gullah/Geechee people face-to-face to learn from them about their struggles and how collaborative scholarship can contribute to their efforts to protect their land.
Kate Carlson looking into a microscope in a lab setting.

Kate Carlson: Mapping her Future

Sophomore Kate Carlson has already job shadowed a county GIS specialist, mapped Shakespearean plays as part of her honors project, and worked in the dendrochronology lab. “The Department of Geography offers experiences that teach not only the concepts needed in the field of geography, but also the real-world applications of them,” she says.
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Brown Day 2016

Geography celebrated the fifty-third annual Ralph H. Brown Day this past April. The event aims to encourage conversation among geography students, faculty, and alumni from across the Department of Geography, Environment & Society. Professor Dan Brown from the University of Michigan presented the keynote lecture.
Photograph of student Talia Anderson

Geography and CLA Pave the Way for a Career in Academia

Talia Anderson nurtured a deep interest in working on environmental issues in Central America during a study abroad experience in Venezuela spring semester of her sophomore year. After a field week in Guatemala her junior year, she was granted an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program scholarship for her research on tree rings in relation to climate in Guatemala. Anderson credits CLA’s curriculum in helping her find her path and prepare her for the future.