Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

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
Jim Detwiler photo
Senior Lecturer
Author and Instructor, GEOG 863 and GEOG 897D
Research Interests:
Corina Ferbabdez
Research Assistant
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
Gregory Thomas
Assistant Director for Geospatial Intelligence Programs Dutton e-Education Institute
Research Interests: geospatial intelligence, Intelligence analysis, Homeland security