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Northland College alum Dan Norris at the Bridgeton Landfill site in St. Louis

Monitoring Atomic City

Environmental Specialist Dan Norris '05 on Bridgeton Landfill

…as someone who evaluated the site, lived in the community, and is publically critical of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Missouri for not aggressively addressing this environmental hazard. Norris left the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and is now with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality…

Northland College alum Roxanne Johnson at work at Blue Green Alliance

Uniting Labor and Environment

Roxanne Johnson '03 on the BlueGreen Alliance

Roxanne Johnson ‘03 is a senior research analyst at the BlueGreen Alliance, an organization working to unite labor unions and environmental organizations. At Northland, she majored in mathematics and environmental studies with an emphasis in natural sciences and later completed a master’s degree in science, technology, and environmental policy at…

Loon airs its wings

Protect Loons

…Keep dogs and cats away from loons and nests. Pets disturb nesting loons and can destroy loon eggs. Be a responsible boater. Never chase loons or run motorboats or personal watercraft over areas where loons have been seen. Loons and loon chicks have died from being hit by boats and…

Northland College student in class


…– $76,000 over 4 years) Competitive scholarships awarded to applicants based on their existing academic record and test scores. These scholarships are awarded shortly after acceptance to Northland College. Sigurd Olson Eco-Visionary Scholarship $1,000 ($4,000 over 4 years) Competitive scholarships created in the spirit of Sigurd Olson’s legacy that are…

Peter Annin at beach

Q & A with "Great Lakes Water Wars" Author Peter Annin

…you? A. Working with faculty and staff at Northland to help improve environmental literacy and educate the next generation of environmental leaders is very appealing to me. We live in an increasingly urbanized world, where populations are becoming disconnected from the landscape upon which society depends. Northland is committed to…

Sigurd F. Olson Journal Entries

…Wilderness and A Sand County Almanac: Comparing Olson and Leopold January 12, 1930 Sigurd’s earliest discovered journal entry. January 16, 1930 Sigurd compares his life with that of John Burroughs. January 20, 1930 Sigurd discusses what he would later call his “flashes of insight.” February 2, 1930 Sigurd discusses his…

Northland College Dexter Library


…Release for Student Recommendation Frances Werner Altenburg Professorship in Environmental Studies 2020-23 A.D. and Mary Elizabeth Andersen Hulings Distinguished Chair in the Humanities 2021-24 William B. Mark Professorship in the Social Sciences 2020-23 Sigurd F. Olson Professorship in Natural Sciences 2018-21 Raymond D. Peters Professorship in Biology 2020-23 Morris O….

Honors Day poster session in Ponzio 2022

Honors Day

…Title: Whose Health Matters? An Analysis of Erin Brockovich within the Context of U.S. Environmental Racism Student: Mandelyn Lyons Faculty Advisor: Erica Hannickel Poster Abstract Whose Health Matters? An Analysis Of Erin Brockovich Within The Context Of U.S. Environmental Racism Mandelyn Lyons Northland College March 31, 2021 Environmental racism within…

Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

SOEI Interns

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute has been a part of the Northland College student experience for the last forty-six years—from speakers, conferences, and campus events in the physical building to research and internships with one of the many outreach programs. Sigurd’s wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,000 to the Sigurd F. Olson

Northland College students ride bikes past solar panels

Environmental Studies

…policies, and management that address environmental issues, and application of environmental solutions. Environmental Studies For a changing world. Environmental Studies Minor requirements Art Biology Business Management Chemistry Climate Change Studies* Climate Science Directed Studies Ecological Restoration* Education Engineering* English Environmental Education* Environmental Humanities* Environmental Studies* Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology*…