Mark D Bjelland

Mark Bjelland


BCE (Civil Engineering), University of Minnesota, with High Distinction
MSCE (Environmental Engineering), University of Washington
MCS (Theology and Ethics), Regent College, Vancouver
PhD (Geography), University of Minnesota
Fulbright German Studies Award
Fulbright Cardiff University Award

Environmental engineering consultant 1988-1994
Taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN (1998-2013)
Joined the GEO department in 2013


Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Professional experience

He worked as an Environmental engineering consultant between 1988-1994. He then taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN from 1998-2013, before joining the GEO department in 2013.

Academic interests

  • Urban environments
  • Urban planning
  • Water resources
  • Religion and place
  • Geographic information systems



  • Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities 11th edition, 2013, McGraw-Hill. (with Daniel Montello, Jerome Fellmann, Art Getis, and Judy Getis)
  • Introduction to Geography, 14th edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill. (with Art Getis, and Victoria Getis)
  • "Imagined Lifeways in North America ca. 2100," in A World After Climate Change and Culture-Shift, 2014, Jim Norwine, ed. Berlin: Springer. (with Michael Bruner and John Davenport).

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