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Research & Teaching Facilities

Geography students at HSU regularly produce award winning posters, presentations, and projects using the department’s state-of-the-art facilities

professor and student at computer station

The Department of Geography is located in Founders Hall, the oldest building on Humboldt State University's campus. The department has a number of special facilities used by students and faculty across campus . These include the Harper Room and the Kosmos computer lab.

California State Office of the National Geographic Bee

Every April, Humboldt geographers travel to Sacramento to run the state finals of the National Geographic Bee. Over 400 people attend the event, which also draws significant media attention.

For more information, contact Stephen Cunha, State Coordinator, at (707) 826-4975 or email
Founders Hall 107.

Dendroecology Lab

The Dendroecology Lab is directed by Rosemary Sherriff and supports research in the areas of physical geography, vegetation and disturbance ecology (fire, insect outbreaks and other disturbances), dendroecology, landscape ecology and geospatial analysis.

The facility includes tree-ring measuring systems, field and lab equipment, computers and instrumentation to support research with graduate and undergraduate students in the areas listed above.

The lab also maintains the new HSU weather station

Harper Room

This room is named for former HSU geographer Dr. John L. Harper, who served 27 distinguished years in the department starting in 1971. Designed for student study and meetings, it is outfitted with a conference table, atlas stand, whiteboard and projection screen, and a full complement of geography journals, books, and other resources. Course reserve readings are also located here.
Founders Hall 126.

Institute for Cartographic Design

The Institute for Cartographic Design is a non-profit institute affiliated with the department. It's goal is to provide cartography students with a transition from theoretical to applied map design as well as provide cartography and statistical information displays for the campus in a variety of formats

For more information contact Stephen Cunha, Director, at (707) 826-4977, or email
Founders Hall 107.

Kosmos Lab

Kosmos is the Department of Geography's 15-seat teaching lab.

Kosmos was designed to support Geography's cartography courses, integrate mapping and web applications throughout the geography curriculum, complement existing HSU remote sensing and GIS labs, and link geography majors with students from other departments sharing an interest in mapping with a strong design component.

A grant from the National Science Foundation, matching university and college funds, and an anonymous gift provided the resources to equip and furnish our lab. Software available for student use includes GIS packages (ArcGIS 9.1), as well as design (Adobe Creative Suite), and multimedia applications (Adobe Flash). Founders Hall 106.