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!
On a weekend in late September, more than twenty Humboldt State Geography students, led by professors Matthew Derrick and Rosemary Sherriff, hopped in vans for a three-day field study that included an investigation into the impacts of the recent Carr Fire and an exploration natural beauty of Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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.
More photos coming soon!
Humboldt came home with several top awards from the 72nd Annual California Geographical Society meeting in Sacramento. The 18 current students, along with alumni, who attended represented HSU Geography with strong enthusiasm and professionalism.
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.
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.
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.
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.