Geography students present posters at MUGS

Geography students present posters at MUGS

MUGS Conference, University of St. Thomas

(L-R): Joe Rusella and Gregg Roemhildt

Geography students Joe Rusella and Gregg Roemhildt accompanied Dr. John Heppen to the 2012 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium (MUGS) on April 28, 2012, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. The conference provided a forum for undergraduate geography students from colleges and universities in the Upper Midwest to showcase their research activities. Joe and Gregg presented their senior research posters.

Senior posters displayed at RSCA Day

Senior posters displayed at RSCA Day

RSCA Day 2012

(L-R): Micah Bowe, Joe Russella, Cliff Johnson, Andrea Strauch, Lindsey Bierwerth, Abby Neumann, and Jenna Walz

Student geographers presented their senior research posters at the annual Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Day on April 19, 2012 in the Falcon's Nest of the University Center.

Geography students attend GIS Career Fair

Geography students attend GIS Career Fair

 GIS Career Fair

(L-R): Gregg Roemhildt, Micah Bowe, Dan Patzke, Lindsay Fox, and Jenna Walz

Seven geography students attended the GIS Career Fair at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis on April 3, 2012. The event was hosted by the University of Minnesota GIS Student Organization (GISSO) and featured a variety of vendor booths, GIS-related posters, and a series of talks. Afterward, a few students and Dr. Matt Dooley had pizza a Psycho Suzie's in Northeast Minneapolis.

Geography Student Presents at National Confrence on Undergraduate Research

Geography Student Presents at National Confrence on Undergraduate Research

Gregg Roemhildt NCUR 2013

Gregg Roemhildt's abstract submission, "Land Cover Change Analysis of the Kinnickinnic River Watershed, Wisconsin," was approved for presentation at the 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Chosen from more than 3,500 submissions, Gregg's abstract demonstrates a unique contribution to his field of study. Gregg will have the opportunity to present his work to his peers, faculty, and staff from around the world at the national conference. Gregg, a senior geography major and computer science/cartography minor, will be attending the NCUR April 11-13.

Congratulations! 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award Winner in the College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations!2013 Excellence in Teaching Award Winner in the College of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Mathew Dooley, Associate Professor

Recipients are selected based on responses from alumni
of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Previous department winners include: Dr. Charles Rader,
Dr. Don Petzold and Dr. Ruth Hale.

UWRF Student Wins 2nd Place in International Competition

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Professor Matt Dooley Shows the Artistic Side of Cartography at Minneapolis Art Gallery

Professor Matt Dooley Shows the Artistic Side of Cartography at Minneapolis Art Gallery


Professor Matt Dooley has a solo exhibition through September 4, 2014 at the Shoebox Gallery in the heart of South Minneapolis. The Shoebox Gallery is a storefront display window on 2948 Chicago Ave. S and available for viewing at all times.  Curator, Sean Smuda, has run the Shoebox Gallery for over ten years and it rotates exhibits of various media. Matt worked closely with Sean Smuda ( to develop the theme for the show, which incorporates "terrestrial" and "extra-terrestrial" realms of the Midwestern landscape.  River systems are carved into clay tiles on the left, whereas printed, paper tiles on the right show UFO sighting reports within the same area.  The pairing of the two creates a dissonance of perceptions: tactile/analytical, sensuous/abstract, accurate/unknown.Dr. Dooley teaches GIS and Cartography at UWRF. His specialty courses include field methods and GPS, map design and advanced map design. Dr. Dooley excels in Cartography which is the art and science of making maps. The scientific portion deals with the earth sciences and projecting the surface of the earth onto a flat map while limiting distortions in area, shape, distance, direction, and proximity since going from the round earth to the flat map creates distortions. The artistic side of cartography includes creating maps that are aesthetically pleasing and designed well so the maps serve their intended purpose in addition to serving as a vehicle of artistic expression.For more information and pictures, see the links below:

2014 Fall Gala

2014 Fall Gala

Posters displayed by students of Geography and Mapping Sciences

Poster Fall2014          


Matt Dooley's Featured work

Matt Dooley's Work Featured

Matt's unique and creative work is featured at the Goodhue County History Center.

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Map of the Year 2016

1st Place- Kyle Glowa for New Zealand Reference Map

Map of the Year 2015

1st Place- JiYeon Ryu for Capital Punishment Use and Homicide Rates 2011-13

Map of the Year 2014

1st Place- David Bergs for South America

Map of the Year 2013

Dynamic (1st Place)- Garrett Stennes for Zebra Mussel and Africanized Honey Bee Distribution in the United States

Static (1st Place)- Lindsay Fox for Crime Clusters

Static (Honorable Mention)- Garrett Stennes for Priority Conservation Areas and Conserved Lands

Map of the Year 2012

Dynamic (1st place)- Joe Rusella for River Falls Main Street

Dynamic (2nd place)- Andrea Strauch for Minnesota Tornado Touchdowns

Static (1st place)- Haily Henderson for U.S. Population Change

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