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Trees Tell Complicated Climate Change Story in Southwest Alaska

In the face of climate change, white spruce trees at the highest elevations in southwest Alaska are responding to increased temperatures with positive growth, while lower elevation trees appear to be experiencing reduced growth and susceptibility to attacks by spruce beetles according to a new study recently published by HSU faculty and alumni.

Humboldt Geographers do it again at the 2017 California Geographical Society Meeting

Humboldt Geographers do it again. After a long but fun road trip down to San Diego, Humboldt came home with top awards from the California Geographical Society meeting. The 16 current students, along with alumni, who attended represented HSU Geography with strong enthusiasm and professionalism. We want to thank all of our drivers, Kevin Maurer, Nick Perdue and in particular Amy Lautamo for her leadership skills as trip organizer-assistant to Matthew Derrick for the GEOG 469 course.

Stephen Cunha - 2016-17 Outstanding Faculty Honored

Professor Stephen Cunha, Department of Geography, Outstanding Professor Award recipient, uses his passion for geography to help students analyze the challenges to sustaining Earth’s vastly diverse natural and human systems. His rousing lectures in demanding introductory and senior-level courses incorporate photographs, blowguns, glacial flour, and myriad other elements from far away lands. His scholarship and creative works empower teachers at every level.

Questioning Post-Soviet in a New Era of Russian-American Relations

Allegations and investigations into interference in the U.S. Presidential election have brought Russian-American relations into the national spotlight in a way unseen since the fall of the Soviet Union 25 years ago.

The intense international interest has people coming to Humboldt State Geography Professor Matthew Derrick with questions and concerns. “People want to talk to me more about that part of the world than ever now,” says Derrick, whose research explores the era and geographic region that relate to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Geography Student Surveys Italian Attitudes on African Refugees

As a Geography student, Monica Moreno-Espinoza wasn’t about to let a research opportunity slip through her fingers during a two-month trip to Italy. With serious questions about refugees in mind, she paired sightseeing at the Roman Coliseum with 845 interviews of Italian college students from eight universities.

Rosemary Sherriff & Sarah Ray, Collaborating on Climate

If co-teaching sounds like it could lead to some conflicts, you’re not wrong—especially when it comes to a charged topic like climate change. It’s part of the reason why it’s rarely done in academia. But working through those disagreements, even in front of the class, is part of the point.
This semester, Environmental Studies Professor Sarah Ray and Geography Chair Rosemary Sherriff joined forces and invited other HSU professors across different disciplines to teach students about climate change.

HSU Geography major Patrick Wood, 2016 Winner of the NACIS Student Map Competition!

Congratulations to HSU Geography major Patrick Wood, 2016 Winner of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Student Map Competition!  The competition included 19 entries (12 graduate students, 7 undergraduates), traveling from 9 university programs including the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Penn State University, University of Oregon, University College London, and the University of Toronto.  The prestigious award includes a cash prize of $500, and was presented at the annual NACIS conference this year in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Over 320 privat

HSU Geography Alumna, Jenny Novak, to Receive FEMA Community Preparedness Honor.

Jenny Novak, CSUN Emergency Management (CA) - Northridge, California, still bears scars from the violent 1994 Northridge and 1971 Sylmar earthquakes, but most of the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) 42,000 students were born after those disasters and the institutional memory of those earthquakes is fading.

HSU Geographers Win Big at California Geographical Society Meeting

This last weekend, more than 20 HSU undergraduate geographers attended the 70th annual meeting of the California Geographical Society in San Jose, CA.  The majority of them presented original research papers, posters, or maps.  Several attendees commented on how well all of our students presented, in addition to the confidence and professionalism they all brought to the three-day conference.  

Geography Student Cristina Bauss Named 2016-2017 Outstanding Student

Geography major Cristina Bauss is being recognized for her accomplishments and her commitment to the discipline of Geography. At the 69th annual meeting of the California Geographic Society, the research she presented earned first place in the Joe Beaton Poster Award Competition. In 2015, Bauss was one of only a handful of undergraduates across the country to participate in the National Geographic Geography Intern Program. She’s also the only HSU student to be inducted as a member of the prestigious Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Honor Society in Geography.