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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.


Geography and Wildlife students experience Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Over 30 geography, natural resources and wildlife students travelled to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest and most important pieces of the National Wildlife Refuge System in the western United States, with three professors (Nicholas Perdue and Rosemary Sherriff – geography, and Dan Barton – wildlife) as part of two courses GEOG 357M and GEOG 472M. Primary goals of the field experience was to study the unique landscape and the larger context and specific events of the 2016 Malheur occupation by anti-government extremists.

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.