latest news & announcements


The department sends its heartfelt congratulations to Norma "Chula" Solis and Toby Valdes-Dapena, Geography alumni (class of 2015), who took their wedding vows this past weekend in Menifee, outside of Los Angeles. We wish you a wonderful life together!

McKinleyville High School Students Visit Geography Department

On Friday, October 12, a group of McKinleyville High School seniors, accompanied by Jim Ritter, leader of the Career Exploration Pathways Program of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District, visited Humboldt State’s Department of Geography to explore the college experience and learn more about geography as a potential major.

HSU Geography Announces China/Tibet Field Studies Program for Summer 2019.

As part of its continuing global outreach, the HSU Geography Department is again offering the China/Tibet Field Studies Program. Since the beginning of the program in 2000 HSU undergraduate students have pursued a wide range of topics while exploring and documenting the rapidly changing natural and cultural landscapes of these regions. The design and implementation of a community service project on the Tibetan Plateau will be a hallmark of next year’s program.
Open to all majors, prerequisite courses are scheduled for Spring 2019.

Sustainable Future's Speaker: National Geographic Soc. Emerging Explorer M. Jackson

National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer M Jackson is the author of While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change (2015) and The Secret Lives of Icelandic Glaciers (2018). She is currently working on In Tangible Ice, a multi-year project examining the socio-physical dimensions of glacier retreat in near-glacier communities within all eight circumpolar nations. 

Helping Students Through ‘Eco-Grief’

Oceans are warming, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising. The scope of the devastation leaves many students in HSU’s Environmental Studies (ES) program feeling more than distressed. It sends them into cycles of “eco-depression” that disrupt their ability to learn and professors’ ability to teach.
But rather than ignore their despair, ES Professor Sarah Ray has embraced it by identifying the emotional arc and adjusting her teaching methods to help students cope with their feelings. 

News from professor Matthew Derrick's visiting professorship at AUCA in Kyrgyzstan

On Oct. 18, Geography professor Matthew Derrick delivered a featured public lecture, titled “Post-Soviet Central Eurasia’s New Religious Landscapes: A View from Tatarstan,” at American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he is a visiting scholar during his sabbatical for the current academic year.

Geography Student, Nathaniel Douglass, wins NACIS map design award

Nathaniel Alexander Douglass, a student in HSU Geography, won the Best Cartographic Design at the North American Cartographic Information Society’s 2017 Student Map and Poster Competition in Montreal, Canada. He received a $500 award and interest from organizations such as National Geographic, Esri Maps and Data, and several grad schools. He poured his heart and soul into the map he presented, depicting a snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountain range.