Geography students pursue myriad Independent Study (GEOG 0500), Senior Research (GEOG 0700), and internship projects throughout the school year and summer. Students also make use of the Geography Department's facilities for geographic information systems and cartographic design to pursue independent research and coursework in Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology, Geology, Political Science, Economics, and other disciplines.
Food Mapping Project
The food mapping project is a cooperative effort between the Environmental Studies Department, the Geography Department, Dining Services and the Middlebury College Organic Garden. Please click to view the project website.
Vermont River Conservation Project
In Spring 2005, in partnership with the Vermont River Conservancy, students in the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (ENVS 0401) created an extensive geographic information system database and a series of maps designed to further conservation goals along a 10 mile stretch of the Otter Creek from Weybridge to Vergennes.
A "Windshield Survey" of Otter Creek
Marcel and Paul Bourgeois' Parcel
Historical Land Use Along the River Corridor
Riparian Erosion Along the River Corridor
Riparian Buffer Analysis
Middlebury College Campus Tree Inventory
In 2002 a group of students undertook a campus-wide tree inventory and generated a series of maps showing the locations, species, and stages of growth of all trees on the campus. Below is their map for the Main Quad.
Middlebury College Campus Tree Inventory - Main Quad
Local Foods Initiative
In Spring 2001 the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (ENVS 0401) was charged with raising awareness of Middlebury College's commitment to local and organic food. They decided to make a series of map posters which are now displayed in dining halls on campus. Below are samples of these posters.
All Local Food Sites
Burlington Food Service
Little Otter SGA
Remote sensing was used to study environmental factors in the Little Otter Creek watershed as a model for potential research of other Vermont watersheds. The study was performed in conjunction with the State of Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Stream Geomorphic Assessment Program (SGA), who will use the collected data to conduct ongoing runoff assessments for the Little Otter Creek watershed.
Little Otter SGAT