Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty

Cynthia Brewer
Department Head
Research Interests: cartographic communication and visualization, map design, color theory, multi-scale mapping, atlas production, topographic maps
Associate Professor
Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs; Associate Professor of Geography; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies,; and The School of International Affairs; National Councilor, The Association of American Geographers
Research Interests: political geography, gender, qualitative methods, Feminist Geopolitics
Brian King
Associate Professor
Director of Resident Graduate Programs
Research Interests: development, conservation, Southern Africa, cultural and political ecology, health, livelihoods, justice
Anthony C. Robinson - Penn State
Assistant Professor
Director of Online Geospatial Education
Research Interests: cartography, visual analytics, geovisualization, usability, epidemiology, crisis management, geographic education, HCI, Online Learning
Clio Andris (photo: alexis schulman)
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: GIS, Social Networks, Interpersonal Relationships, Institutions, Telecommunications, Urban Planning, Social Capital
Jennifer Baka
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Energy Geography, political-industrial ecology, environmental governance, biofuels and hydraulic fracturing
Robert Brooks
Director, Riparia
Research Interests: ecology, conservation and restoration of wetlands streams and riparian areas, wetland wildlife, landscape ecology
Andrew Carleton
Research Interests: satellite climatology, synoptic climatology, climate dynamics, human impacts on climate, Antarctica
Guido Cervone
Associate Professor
Geoinformatics, Associate Director of the Institute for CyberScience
Research Interests: environmental hazards, remote sensing, geoinformatics, social media
Robert Crane
Associate Vice Provost for Global Programs
Research Interests: climatology, regional scale climate change, African climates
Roger Downs
Honors Advisor
Research Interests: behavioral, environmental cognition, geography education
William Easterling
Director for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), National Science Foundation
Research Interests: environmental change, agricultural systems, climate, renewable natural resources, land use
Chris Fowler
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: urban and economic geography, demographics, poverty, planning and economic development policies, spatial statistics, complex economic systems
Larry Gorenflo
Professor of Landscape Architecture, Courtesy appointment in Geography; Faculty-in-Charge, Environmental Inquiry Minor
Research Interests: Biodiversity conservation, cultural ecology, East Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia
Joshua Inwood
Associate Professor
Geography and The Rock Ethics Institute
Research Interests: critical race theory, Peace Geographies, Social movements, political economy, urban geography
Alexander Klippel
Founder ChroroPhronesis
Research Interests: 3D Modeling, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Crowdsourcing, Landscape Concepts, Human Concepts
Alan MacEachren
Research Interests: geographic information science, visual analytics, geovisualization, cartography, spatial cognition, geocollaboration, human-centered systems
Lise Nelson
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Geography
Research Interests: qualitative methods, Political and feminist geography, Neoliberal globalization, Citizenship belonging and identity, Mexico and the United States, Migration and labor
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Biodiversity and Nutrition, Wild and forest foods, Dietary patterns and dietary diversity, Traditional food systems, Applied Research for improved policy and practice
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Director of Center for Landscape Dynamics, Faculty Associate EESI
Research Interests: landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, fire ecology
Alan Taylor
Director of Vegetation Dynamics Lab
Research Interests: landscape ecology, fire ecology, disturbance and climate effects on vegetation, biogeography, biological conservation, environmental management, paleoecology
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: International water politics, political ecology, resource governance, vulnerability, hazards, climate change adaptation, Asia
Melissa Wright
Professor, Department of Geography, and Department Head, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Research Interests: political economy, feminist studies, critical geography, Social movements, state terror, transnationalism, security and militarization in the Americas and along the Mexico-US border
Karl Zimmerer
Research Interests: land use and agricultural change/global change, economic development/globalization/neoliberalism, nature-society and human-environment theory, environmental impacts (biodiversity/soils/water/conservation), food/producer-consumer networks/sustainability
Stephen Matthews
Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography, Courtesy appointment in Geography, Director of the Demography (Dual-Degree) Training Program
Research Interests: geographic information systems, demography, health and well-being, multi-method research

Emeritus Faculty

Ronald Abler
Research Interests: geography of communications systems, history of geographic thought
Deryck Holdsworth
Research Interests: urban historical geography, historical geography of North America, historial GIS
Peirce Lewis
Research Interests: the American landscape, historical geography of American culture
Donna Peuquet
Research Interests: environmental cognition, geographic information science, space-time representation, spatial data models
Lakshman Yapa
Research Interests: Post-modern discourse theory, Third World, theories of poverty, community development, GIS applications, public scholarship and service learning
Brent Yarnal
Research Interests: global change in local places, climate variation and change, land-use/land-cover change, natural hazards, coupled human-environment systems

Fixed-Term Research Faculty

Professor of Practice
Associate Teaching Prof of Geography
Research Interests:
Ryan Baxter Photo
Senior Research Assistant
Research Interests: geospatial technologies, land-use change, data management and distribution, energy
Dennis J. Bellafiore
Senior Lecturer
for Geospatial Intelligence, Dutton e-Education Institute
Research Interests: geospatial analysis and cognitive biases, collaborative learning, modeling instruction
Soumaya Belmecheri
Research Associate
Vegetation Dymanics Lab, Geosciences
Research Interests: climate and environmental reconstructions from lake sediments and tree-rings
Justine Blanford
Associate Professor
Research Interests: GIS, mobility, novel data source, novel technologies, spatial analysis, spatial and temporal ecology, health & disease, online education
Jim Detwiler photo
Senior Lecturer
Author and Instructor, GEOG 863 and GEOG 897D
Research Interests:
Corina Ferbabdez
Research Assistant
Research Interests:
Susan Friedman
Research Interests: historical geography, social geography, history of geography
Adrienne Goldsberry
Assistant Teaching Professor of Geography & Advisor for GIS Certificate Program
Research Interests:
Steve Handwerk
Senior Lecturer
GEOINT Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
Research Interests: cartography, geospatial intelligence, geospatial analysis, natural disasters
Senior Research Associate
Research Interests:
Beth King
Senior Lecturer
Assistant Program Manager for Online Geospatial Education, MGIS degree program; Senior Lecturer; Instructor, GEOG 483
Research Interests:
Doug Miller
Senior Scientist
Research Interests: remote sensing, geomorphology, soils, GIS, landscape ecology
Michael Nassry
Research Associate
Research Interests: Wetland Hydrology, Wetland Condition Assessments, Climate Change Impacts on Wetland Structure and Function
Scott Pezanowski
Senior Research Assistant
GeoVISTA Center
Research Interests: cartography, Java programming, Big GeoSpatial data, open source GIS, GIScience, geospatial information storage and analysis and retrieval, web map application architecture research and development
Karen Schuckman
Assistant Teaching Professor of Geography and Lead Faculty for Geospatial Intelligence Applications Certificate
Research Interests:
Jim Sloan
Senior Lecturer
Dutton e-Education Institute
Research Interests: GIS applied to the geosciences
Gregory Thomas
Assistant Director for Geospatial Intelligence Programs Dutton e-Education Institute
Research Interests: geospatial intelligence, Intelligence analysis, Homeland security
Senior Scientist
Research Interests:
Liping Yang
Postdoctoral scholar
Research Interests: geographic information science, geovisualization, Machine Learning
Michelle Zeiders
Research Interests: