Geography geology and planning

Picture yourself in a national park like Denali, the Everglades or Yellowstone.

What comes to mind?

Dr. Judith Meyer, a historical geographer at Missouri State University, wants to know how you experience that landscape and why. 

She has long been fascinated with Yellowstone, where she served as a tour guide for several summers. One of her research interests is what she calls the sense of place.

Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Some things just go together. But geology and cooking? Cheryl McClease says they do, too. She is an instructor in the geology department at Missouri State who has published a cookbook combining her two loves, "Earth Changing Recipes."


The book, which is available at Amazon, is not a book of science experiments in the kitchen. The end result is always something edible, and a deeper understanding of the science lesson.

As statistics show a trend toward a more urban market, or people moving to cities, an opportunity arises for rural areas to capitalize on the quaint weekend in the country, according to Linnea Iantria, director of the geotourism program at Missouri State University. 

In spring 2015, she and her students created the Homegrown Highway as a throwback to a rural road trip with unique experiences built in that would increase tourism in rural Missouri.

Submitted photo by Mickus


Cold and sunburned, Missouri State geology professor Dr. Kevin Mickus trudged with his fellow scientists through the snow and ice to study Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world. He is here to share about his experience in Antarctica.