‘Environment, Geography, and Earth Sciences’ Category

Soren Sackreiter ’26

“Having such small classes also allows me to get to know my professors to the point where they are giving me emails of their friends doing research I may be interested in.” Soren has always had an interest in environmental stewardship, and he has found the Environment, Geography and Earth Sciences Department to be a […]

Jackson Miest ’24

“The professors have given me the opportunity to experience a wide variety of studies and research, allowing me to make a better career decision for my future and helping me be more accurate with what I want to focus on in life.” Always having been passionate about the outdoors, Jackson has found many valuable experiences […]

Sam Mendoza ’14

This Outdoors Enthusiast Learned To Love The Arboretum As a Student. He Has Returned To Help The Community Love It Too. If campus were a gigantic house, the Arb would be its front porch. That’s what Mendoza believes. “It’s that space between public and private. It’s the perfect area to welcome people from the Saint […]

Benji Huff ’24

“Within Geography courses, we learn practical skills in jobs Geographers have, such as urban planning and GIS.” As a double major, Benji has found a sense of community within both the Geography and Religion departments. Benji has been able to combine these majors to start to develop a well-rounded understanding of how the world works, […]

Lucy Peterson ’24

“The EGE Department has a very open and welcoming community. Geology is a smaller major, so everyone knows each other pretty well, but in my opinion, that only makes for  a more comfortable environment.” Growing up spending most of her time outside, Lucy was inclined to pursue a major that could allow her to make […]

Amad Jalloh ’24

“I feel confident from what I’ve learned from the various Geography courses I’ve taken to speak confidently in my internship interviews.” Originally planning on pursuing an environmental track with his Geography major, Amad, a junior from St. Paul, MN, has developed a passion for Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, throughout his time at Gustavus. He […]

Audrey Ochtrup-Dekeyrel ’22

“From farmhand to food researcher, Gustavus planted the seed for a new career path—that of professor.” A “terrible, bratty child” when it came to helping on her family’s farm in southeastern Minnesota, a younger Ochtrup-DeKeyrel couldn’t have imagined making a career out of agriculture. Now, shaped by her upbringing and her experiences as an environmental […]

Emily Ford ’15

“Emily Ford thought she knew winter. Then she thru-hiked the Ice Age Trail. In February. With only a sled dog, Diggins.” Post-holing. It’s when you hike through deep snow without skis or snowshoes. Imagine stomping your leg into crusted snow up to your knee, then doing the same with your other leg, then pulling the […]

Professor Erik Gulbranson

“In one of the coldest places on Earth—and 250 million years in the past—he predicts the future of our planet.” Oppressive cold. Deafening silence. Never ending day (or night). Low atmospheric pressure that warps the human body. Nevertheless, Professor Gulbranson and his international colleagues have ventured to Antarctica five times over the past decade to […]

Professor Julie Bartley

The faculty point person for the Nobel Hall expansion and renovation reflects on tending to it. She wasn’t exactly the faculty “leader” on the Nobel Hall of Science expansion and renovation. She was more of a guide, a chaperone, an escort. Call her the “faculty shepherd.” The Geology and Environmental Studies professor carried no crook, […]