Research in the Department of Geography

Geography students gain the knowledge, theoretical insights and technical skills needed to effectively address real-world challenges. The Geography department provides opportunities for students to engage in research, service, travel and professional development.

Student Research Grants

2014

        Mitchell Schaps: Collaborative Inquiry GrantModeling and Marketing UST Activity Space - $1,500 

2012

         Annie L’Heureux: Young Scholars Grant - Alternative Development: Using GIS to Determine the Correlation Between Urban Villages and Property Value Growth in the Twin Cities. $4,000.

 

        Julie Rech: Community Based Research Scholar Award. Partnering with the Great River Greening. $4,000.

 

       Fartun Dire: McNair Scholar Award. Examining Settlement Patterns of the Somali Population through the Use of Mental Maps. $4,000. 

2011

        Chia Lee: McNair Scholar Award. Health Care Accessibility  for the Twin Cities Hmong Community.  $4,000.

2009

         Renee Huset, was awarded a $4,000 Young Scholars Grantforour project:Using Geographic Information Systems to Understand Minnesota’s Carbon Landscape. 

         Renee was also awarded a $1,500 Collaborative Inquiry Grant for our project: Targeting Degraded Forestlands for Carbon Offset Projects.

 

Service Grants

2014

Paul Lorah and Conservation Geography Students. 40 kW Solar Power System for Anderson Student Center. To be installed fall 2014. Campus Sustainability Grant. $49,000.

2012

Paul Lorah. Conservation Drone Imaging System. UST Beverage Committee Grant. $3,000.

Paul Lorah and Conservation Geography students. UST Takes a Nice Ride: Promoting Health, Building Community and Cutting Carbon. Campus Sustainability Grant.$20,000.

2011

Simon Emms, Paul Lorah, Tim Lewis and ENVR 151 students. Student Restoration of Oak Forest: Analyzing Carbon Storage in a Recovering Landscape. Campus Sustainability Grant. $15,000.

2010

Paul Lorah and ENVR students. Purchase of smart power strips for dorm rooms in Brady Hall. UST Beverage Committee Grant. $3,500.

2009

Paul Lorah and ENVR students. Solar Panels for Brady Hall. UST Beverage Committee Grant. $15,000.

Student Conference Presentations

2014 Spring

Dire, Fartun. (2014). Health has no boundaries: An examination of geographic contributions to health. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

Dire, Fartun and Friebe, Joel. (2014). Forest transition in El Salvador: An example of Tobler’s first law of geography? Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

Engen, Emily and Hare, Riley. (2014). Global deforestation? A wave of regrowth amidst tension in El Salvador. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

 Friebe, Joel. Economic geography and central place theory. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

 Le, Hung and Synstegaard, Byron. (2014). Anthropogenic factors associated with reforestation in El Salvador. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

Lor, Tu. The development of transportation geography. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

Mazza, Simon and Hulbert, Benn. Global deforestation, local reforestation: Forest transition theory in El Salvador. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

 Mohanty, Rani and Welter, Dylan. (2014). How is El Salvador’s environment affecting reforestation? (2014). Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

 Mohlin, Joey. (2014). The perception of Geography. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

 Monroe, Cari and Brundrett, Chelsea. (2014). Environmental factors associated with forest growth in El Salvador. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

 Ronnei, Nicholas. (2014). The importance of transnational space: Contextualizing the local within the global. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

Strain, Sarah. (2014). This town is big enough for both of us: Forest health, urban areas and population in El Salvador. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

 Sweet, Rachel. (2014). Protected lands and forest health in El Salvador. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Saint Paul, MN. April 26.

  

2013 Fall

Jorgensen, Emily. (2013). The Best Places to live: Discovering the urban villages of the Twin Cities. West Lakes AAG meeting. Eau Claire, WI. October 18th. Second place student presentation winner.

 Jorgensen, Emily. (2013). Urban villages and equity. Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual Conference. Rochester, MN. October 10th.

Schaps, Mitchell. (2013). UST takes a Nice Ride: Linking amenities to activity space.  Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual Conference. Rochester, MN. October 10th. First place student

Schaps, Mitchell and Ronei, Nicholas. (2013). Activity Space to Third Space: An Analysis of UST Nice Ride Use. West Lakes AAG meeting. Eau Claire, WI. October 18th.

 

2013 Spring

Bjoenness, Frederik. (2013). Neighborhood Quality in a Global Context. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN. April 27.

Burke, Ryan and Tincher, Thomas. (2013). Alternative Transportation Clusters in the Seven-County Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, 2013. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN. April 27.

 Dirie, Fartun. (2013). Mental Maps: Gaining Insight into the Diverse Somali Perceptions of Residential Desirability in the Twin Cities. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN. April 27.

 Dire, Fartun. (2013). Measuring Quality of Life in the Twin Cities: Third Space and Traditional Neighborhood Institutions. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN. April 27.

 Miller, Chad. (2013). Where Should I Live? Analyzing Neighborhood Quality of Life in the Twin Cities. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN. April 27.

 Ronnei, Nicholas. (2013). Mapping Insolation in Minnesota: The New Sunshine State. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN. April 27.

Schaps, Mitchell. (2013). Wind Power Potential in Minnesota. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN. April 27.

Kidd, Jay and Jorgensen, Emily. (2013). Analyzing Changing Patterns of Carbon Sequestration in Scott County, 1992-2006. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN. April 27.

 

201

Boie, A. (2012). German Geopolitik: The evolution and application of geopolitical theory in Europe before 1945. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. April 28.

Dire, Fartun. (2012). Mental Maps: Gaining Insight Into the Diverse Somali Perceptions of Residential Desirability in the Twin Cities. Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium annual conference.  St. Cloud, MN. Oct. 3. First Place Undergraduate presentation and winner of $1,000 scholarship.

Gebauer, P. (2012). Geography in Education: The role of technology in K-8 classrooms. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. April 28.

Grundtner, L. (2012). Crime and Place: The historical development of geographic criminology. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. April 28.

Kidd, J. (2012). Medical geography: Spatial perspectives on HIV/AIDS. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. April 28.

Lee, C. (2012). The use of geographic information system applications in the field of public health. Undergraduate Research Symposium 2012: Sustainable Urban Communities Redux. Saint Catherine University. March 8.

L'Heureux, A. (2012). A history of geographic perspectives on the relationship between Humans and the Environment: From environmental determinism to humanistic approaches. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. April 28.

 L’Heureux, Annie. (2012). Using GIS to determine the correlation between urban villages and property value growth in the Twin Cities. Inquiry at UST, Saint Paul, MN. September 25.

Mueller, J. (2012). Geographic perspectives on Detroit: How geographers study place. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. April 28.

Rech, J. (2012). Examining the use and application of Geographic Information Systems in natural hazards management. Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium. University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. April 28.

Rech, Julie. (2012). Great River Greening: Managing Environmental Data and Evaluating Restored Landscapes. Inquiry at UST, Saint Paul, MN. September 25.

  

2011

Yannarelly, N.; Rech, J. (2011). Discovering the Buffalo Commons: Using GIS to target optimal lands in the Great Plains for large scale restoration. Association of American Geographers West Lakes Division Annual Conference. DePaul University, Chicago. November 10-12.

 L'Heureux, A.; Rech, J. (2011). Landcover change in Puerto Rico: Using GIS to discover the underlying processes of forest recovery. Association of American Geographers West Lakes Division Annual Conference. DePaul University, Chicago. November 10-12.

 Lee, C. (2011). Health accessibility in the Twin Cities metropolitan area Hmong community. Association of American Geographers West Lakes Division Annual Conference. DePaul University, Chicago. November 10-12.

 

2010

Meyer, Regan. Identifying Optimal Locations for Siting Concentrating Solar Power Stations. Poster presented at the 2010 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, University of Saint Thomas. May 11th.

 Schmelling, Amy and Huset. Minnesota Prairie Restoration with the Nature Conservancy. Poster presented at the 2010 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, University of Saint Thomas. May 11th.

                                     

2009

Huset, Renee.  Aboveground Carbon Potential in Deforested Minnesota Lands.  Presented at the Association of American Geographers West Lakes Division Annual Meeting. Macalester College. October 30.

 Huset, Renee, Using Geographic Information Systems to Identify Degraded Forestland for UST Carbon Offset Projects.  Presented at the 2009 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, University of Saint Thomas. April 18th.

 Kreutzer, Michael and Hirsch, Zach.  Food Deserts in the Twin Cities: Geographic Theory and GIS.  Presented at the 2009 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, University of Saint Thomas. April 18th.

 Roberts, Nathalia. The Relationship Between Income Sorting and Urban Villages in the Twin Cities. Presented at the 2009 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, University of Saint Thomas. April 18th.

 Westman, Jack.  The 2008 Presidential Election and the Creative Class. Presented at the 2009 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, University of Saint Thomas. April 18th.

 Wilke, Kaelyn.  Analysis of Urban Structure in Minnesota’s Twin Cities: Accessability and Land Use.  Presented at the 2009 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, University of Saint Thomas. April 18th.

 

2008

Roberts, Nathalia.  Population Distribution and the Creative Class in the Rural West.  Poster presented at the 2008 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, Gustavus Adolphus College. April 26th.       

 Rominski, Stacie and Stewart, Allison.  Ideal Locations for Environmentally Friendly Recreational Expansion in Itasca County, MN.  Poster presented at the 2008 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, Gustavus Adolphus College. April 26th.    

 Krause, Abigail and O’Donnell, Scott. The Most Valuable Habitat for White-Tailed Deer During the Winter Months in Itasca County, MN. Presented at the 2008 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium, Gustavus Adolphus College. April 26th.      

 

2007

Langsev, E., & Pearson, C. (2007). Demographic Stress on the FrontierPoster presented at the Association of American Geographers Joint Annual Meeting of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division and the West Lakes Division. Lincoln, Nebraska. October 6.

 

2006

Bagley, J., & Bagley, T. Locating large scale nature reserves in the Great Plains. Presented at the Second Annual Midwestern Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Paul, Minnesota. April.

Dieken, A., Moen, J., & Redman, J. Quantifying the impact of farm subsidies on agricultural profitability in the Great Plains.  Presented at the Second Annual Midwestern Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Paul, Minnesota. April.

 Duffey, B., Perron, A., & Stromberg, Kaleb. Quantifying the impact of environment quality on patterns of per capita income.  Presented at the Second Annual Midwestern Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Paul, Minnesota. April.

 Ekart, K., Gruenke, G., & Van Auken, H. Reassessing Von Thunen: Friction of distance and commodity prices. Presented at the Second Annual Midwestern Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Paul, Minnesota. April.

 Hirsch, Z., & Hoffman, K. Creating the Commons: Environmental quality, economic security, demographic decline and the future of the Great PlainsPresented at the Second Annual Midwestern Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Paul, Minnesota. April.

Langsev, Eric and Pearson, Collin. Demographic Stress of the Frontier. Presented at the AAG Joint Annual Meeting of theGreat Plains-Rocky Mountain Division and the West Lakes Division. Lincoln, Nebraska. October 6.

 2005

Sandford, K. (2005, October).   Environmental Amenities and Residential Property Values in Ramsey County, 2004. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference, Saint Cloud, Minnesota

 2004   

Andrew Moore, The relationship between environmental quality and population change in the United States, 1990-2000.  Presented at the First Annual Undergraduate Midwestern Geography Symposium, Macalester College. May 2nd.

 Kristen Lee, Evaluating the locations of Red Cross shelters in the Twin Cities using GIS.  Presented at the West Lakes AAG Conference, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Oct. 8th.

 Andrew Moore, Using GIS to Examine the Relationship Between Environmental Amenities and Population Growth.  Presented at the West Lakes AAG Conference, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Oct. 8th.

 George Hart. Environmental Change, Population Growth and Economic Security in U.S. Counties.  Paper presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, April       15th – 17th, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN.

 Peter Rieke.  Economic Decline and Environmental Quality in the Great Plains: Assessing

the Viability of the Buffalo Commons. Paper presented at the National Conference on

Undergraduate Research, April 15th – 17th , IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN.

          

2002

Chee Vang. Frogtown: Determinants of Housing Value Change in a Diverse Urban Neighborhood.  Paper presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 25th – 27th, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

 Nathan Aamot. Quantifying the Factors Behind the Diffusion of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Minnesota Using GIS.  Paper presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 25th –27th, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

 

Internships

Geography majors have earned paid internships with a wide range of community partners, including the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council, the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, The Great River Greening, Best Buy and many others.

Student Consulting in our GIS Lab

The department prides itself on the role of undergraduates doing GIS projects for outside clients, faculty, and business students (who need demographic data mapped). A typical scenario is that someone approaches the department needing a map or some GIS analysis.  A faculty member meets with the client and a student assigned to the project.  The student does the work and all three people meet again to determine if the client is receiving the product that they want.