Environmental Studies

$25,000 InTeGrate grant aims to increase climate literacy across campus

This spring, a group of faculty was awarded a $25,000 SERC/InTeGrate grant to develop teaching modules about climate change.  Julie Bartley (Geology and ES) led the proposal, which also includes Jim Dontje (Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation and ES Director), Laura Triplett (Geology and ES), Cindy  Johnson (Biology and ES), Michele Koomen (Education), and Jeff […]


Environmental Studies seniors leave a bike-friendly legacy

  This article was written by Matt Thomas for the Gustavus main page.  All Environmental Studies seniors participate in Senior Seminar projects; this is one awesome example of what our students accomplish! In 2012 when Gustavus Adolphus College administrators were negotiating a new contract with major beverage providers, Director of Dining Service Steve Kjellgren asked […]


Natural History and Conservation Biology of Tanzania (J-Term 2013)

Written by Professor Cindy Johnson (Biology & Environmental Studies) Photos by students in the class I have traveled to the Serengeti many times, yet I marvel each time as I gaze at thousands of wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle.   There are no words to describe the vastness of the Serengeti; the animals that stretch as […]


Students Explored Wilderness Management Issues During J-Term Course

The goal of GEG 151 (Wilderness: Recreation and Resource) was to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of wilderness through an examination of recreational activities and natural resource uses. In particular, the class focused on the human dimensions of recreation and extractive activities including their historical and contemporary context, the agencies and management strategies related to […]


Environmental Geochemistry J-term class heads north

During the first week of January, Prof. Jeff Jeremiason’s Geochemistry Research Methods class took a trip to Marcell Experimental Forest, located just north of Grand Rapids, MN. The Marcell Experimental Forest is a sampling location for one of the class research projects this term. Students learned about the different wetlands and some of the current […]


Rallying to mitigate climate change

In November, 13 Gustavus students and 3 faculty attended the “Do the Math” rally in Minneapolis hosted by MN350.org. We heard great talks from Bill McKibben, Winona LaDuke, Marty Cobenais, Kate Faye and Will Steger, with an opening act by Mason Jennings.  We also met up with Paul Thompson, a Gustie alum and key player […]


Discover Magazine hires Gustavus Environmental Studies Graduate Breanna Draxler

Breanna Draxler ’09 recently accepted her “dream job” as a full-time writer for Discover Magazine. After graduating from Gustavus, Breanna earned a master’s degree in International Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Breanna has been a freelance reporter, photographer, and blogger while earning her MA.


ES and Biology Students ‘Learn to Serve’ in Mexico

Four Environmental Studies and Biology students spend their spring break learning about the environment and ecotourism around a Pacific Mexican community.


Environmental Studies Alum Published on The Boulder Stand Blog

Check out Breanna Draxler’s ’09, Environmental Studies, post on her recent trip to China: http://www.theboulderstand.org/2012/02/02/made-in-china/ Breanna founded ‘The Boulder Stand’ blog which posts a new environmental story each day. While attending grad school in Boulder, she is a science/environment reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper and also works at the Center for Environmental Journalism at […]


Interpreting the Fall Landscape, ENV 101

ENV 101-001 10:30am class The Interpreting the Fall Landscape course is offered through the Environmental Studies department.  Students taking this class visit deciduous forests, tall-grass prairies, nature sites, as well as the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and an apple orchard. Students have the opportunity to observe and interpret the world around them. Identifying Minnesota […]