Russell C. Hedberg II


In broad strokes, my interests focus on the influence of social processes on landscape ecology and change.  My dissertation explores soil fertility management, soil health, and resilience in on small farms that participat in a local/regional food system initiative based in New York City. This project delves into farmer decision making, structural factors affecting nutrient supply, and their impacts on soil fertility and biogeochemistry. I take advantage of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as remote sensing and GIS.
My master’s research examined treeline forest cover change in the Bolivian Andes in the context of grazing practices and local perceptions of landscape change.  Even though I have pivoted my focus to the alternative agriculture in the United States, I am still actively interested in Polylepis forest ecology and human-environment geography in Andean highlands, and I hope to continue working there in the future.



  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012-2017.
  • USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program Northeast Graduate Research Grant, 2015
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, 2016

Research Interests

  • landscape ecology
  • political ecology
  • agri-food systems
  • soil-health
  • social-ecological interactions
  • environmental philosophy

Research Focus



  • M.S. Geography, Penn State
  • B.A. History, University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 010: Introduction to Physical Geography TA, Instructor
  • GEOG 362: Image Analysis TA
  • GEOG 030: Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems TA
  • GEOG 030Web: Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems, Instructor