EEGS Department Welcomes Human Geographer Weronika Kusek

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The EEGS Department is delighted to welcome Professor Weronika Kusek to the faculty! Ms. 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 Fall 2014

Special courses will be offered fall semester! GC 295 ST: Practicing Geography, GC 495 ST: Climate Change, and GC 376 Field Geology will be offered for the first time. During Fall 2014 only, a visiting scholar from Japan will teach GC 495A ST: Environmental Science and Biodiversity. Check out the details at the links above. Register today to reserve a seat!

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.

EEGS Mourns Loss of Dr. Anderton

mapThe Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department is deeply saddened by the death of Dr. John Anderton (pictured on right in green jacket), who passed away Sunday, March 2. Dr. Anderton, a 1987 NMU graduate had been a professor at his alma mater since 1999. He was a well-respected teacher, scholar and student advocate. Dr. Anderton was an avid cross-country skier, which is the activity he was involved in when he died. NMU will miss his enthusiasm for hands-on teaching and taking students on field trips to learn about the environment. Heartfelt condolences are being sent to Dr. Anderton's three children, family members and many friends. 

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.

Earth Science

Environmental Science

Environmental Studies and Sustainability


Secondary Education Earth Science

Department head welcome message

zieglerSusy Ziegler is department head of the Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department. She studies changes in northern forests of eastern North America. A new research interest of hers is biodiversity and conservation in the boreal forests in the Upper Great Lakes region and Scandinavia. Read her welcome message.