EEGS Department Welcomes Human Geographer Weronika Kusek

The EEGS Department is delighted to welcome Professor Weronika Kusek to the faculty! Dr. Kusek is a human geographer interested in migration, globalization, urbanism, and qualitative methods used in cultural geography. She just completed her Ph.D. at Kent State University, and she will teach GC 164 Human Geography and GC 360 Population Geography in Fall 2014.

News and Information
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EEGS Department Announces New Courses for Winter 2015

Special courses will be offered winter semester! GC 495 Special Topics: The Use of Soils Information for Land Use Planning will be offered for the first time. This course may be substituted for GC 202 Soils.  A Faculty-Led Study Abroad trip to Brazil is planned for midsemeter recess, the first week in March. Also on the schedule for Winter 2015 are GC 316 Geography of Tourism and GC 470 Environmental Ethics, courses that have not been regularly taught for a long time. Sign up now!

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Student Scholarships and Awards

Holly Wahl (with her faculty mentor Dr. Legg) was selected as the 2014 outstanding graduating senior in the EEGS Department. At Northern, Holly majored in Geomatics. Read more about her accomplishments.

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EEGS Department Congratulates Its Recent Graduates!

Nearly 80 students completed degrees in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences during the 2013–14 school year. Way to go, graduates!


Students Present to the Board of Trustees

Students from GC 475 Environmental Impact Assessment presented the results of their study of NMU's Longyear Property to the Board of Trustees. The class explored the environmental impact of four different management scenarios for this forested tract of land near campus.

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Amazonian Conservation Explored

The Amazonian dark earths and their implications for the future of conservation and development of the region were explored on Monday, Oct. 14 in the Mead Auditorium in West Science. Dr. Antoinette M.G.A. WinklerPrins, director for environmental studies at Johns Hopkins University, presented her research on the topic. The event was sponsored by NMU’s Eta Chi chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honors Society.

Native Plant Area

Native Plant Area Offers Learning Opportunities

The native plant area located down campus is an outdoor study area that can be used by classes for long-term monitoring of vegetation, insects, birds and even small mammals. Professor Ron Sundell is currently looking for students to volunteer in the month of June to help plant some of the 16,000 native plants. To volunteer, e-mail or call 906-227-1359.

Lake Superior is getting a new weather buoy!

Collaborators from NMU, Superior Watershed Partnership, and LimnoTech are hosting two public forums to share information about the new Lake Superior observing system and gather input from the community. There will be two public forums, click here for more information.

Faculty and Staff Collaborate on Great Lakes Research
The first coordinated effort to study evaporation across the Great Lakes was published. It highlights the importance of continued monitoring of the complex interactions in the lake–atmosphere system. Read more about the project to assess the impacts of climate variability and change on Great Lakes evaporation.
EEGS instructors teach Academic Service Learning courses

EEGS classTwo EEGS instructors recently taught courses with an Academic Service Learning (ASL) focus. An ASL Action Grant helped Teresa Bertossi and students in her freshman seminar partner with Teaching Family Homes to create Cool Teen Journals. Richard Ziegler’s GC 260 Minerals and Rocks class assisted the Michigan Iron Industry Museum by designing a new exhibit to explain the formation of iron deposits in the Upper Peninsula. More information on ASL Action Grants.


Academic Program Videos

Student talking about Earth ScienceStudents talk about their experiences and opportunities within the majors of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences.

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Environmental Science

Environmental Studies and Sustainability


Secondary Education Earth Science

Department head welcome message

zieglerSusy Ziegler is the head of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences. She studies vegetation change and human interactions with the natural world. Read her welcome message.