Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty

Cynthia Brewer
Department Head
cartographic communication and visualization, map design, color theory, multi-scale mapping, atlas production
Alexander Klippel
Associate Professor
Associate Department Head and Director of the Graduate Program, Director of Human Factors in GIScience Lab
geographical information science, geographic event conceptualization, behavioral research methods, spatial language
Donna Peuquet
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Acting Director of the GeoVISTA Center
geographic information science, environmental cognition, space-time representation, spatial data models
Clio Andris (photo: alexis schulman)
Assistant Professor
Social Networks, Urban Planning, Spatial Analysis & GIS, Interpersonal Relationships, Institutions, Telecommunications, Human Movement
Robert Brooks
Director, Riparia
ecology, conservation and restoration of wetlands streams and riparian areas, wetland wildlife, landscape ecology
Kirby Calvert
Assistant Professor
Energy policy, renewable energy development and implementation, Socio-technical transitions, Energy-land-water interactions, GIS-based mixed research methods
Andrew Carleton
satellite climatology, synoptic climatology, climate dynamics, human impacts on climate, Antarctica
Guido Cervone
Associate Professor
Geoinformatics, Associate Director of the Institute for CyberScience
remote sensing, environmental hazards, geoinformatics, social media
Robert Crane
Director, AESEDA
climatology, regional scale climate change, African climates
Lorraine Dowler
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Geography and Women's Studies
feminist geo-politics, cultural geography, gender, qualitative methods
Roger Downs
Honors Advisor
behavioral, environmental cognition, geography education
William Easterling
Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
environmental change, agricultural systems, climate, renewable natural resources, land use
Chris Fowler
Assistant Professor
urban and economic geography, demographics, poverty, planning and economic development policies, spatial statistics, complex economic systems
Deryck Holdsworth
urban historical geography, historical geography of North America, historial GIS
Brian King
Associate Professor
conservation, development, Southern Africa, cultural and political ecology, health, livelihoods, justice
Ikubolajeh Logan
Professor of African and Africa-American Studies, Professor of AESEDA
Africa and third world development, human dimension of environmental and resource analyses, globalization
Alan MacEachren
spatial cognition, geographic information science, visual analytics, geovisualization, cartography, geocollaboration, human-centered systems
Lise Nelson
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Geography
Political and feminist geography, qualitative methods, Neoliberal globalization, Citizenship belonging and identity, Mexico and the United States, Migration and labor
Anthony Robinson
Assistant Professor
geographic visualization, cartography, visual analytics, interface design, user evaluation, crisis management, medical geography
Erica Smithwick
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Ecology, Director of Center for Landscape Dynamics
landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, fire ecology
Alan Taylor
Director of Vegetation Dynamics Lab
landscape ecology, fire ecology, disturbance and climate effects on vegetation, biogeography, biological conservation, environmental management, paleoecology
Petra Tschakert
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of EESI
climate change adaptation, environmental justice, development and climate ethics, feminist theory and political ecology, resilience theory, sustainability, participatory (action) research, collective learning, Africa
Melissa Wright
Professor of Geography and Professor of Women's Studies
political economy, Mexico and Mexico-U.S. border, social justice, political and urban geography, feminist studies
Lakshman Yapa
Post-modern discourse theory, Third World, theories of poverty, community development, GIS applications, public scholarship and service learning
Brent Yarnal
global change in local places, climate variation and change, land-use/land-cover change, environmental hazards, coupled human-environment systems
Karl Zimmerer
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
John Kelmelis
Courtesy appointment, Professor of International Affairs
sustainable development, environmental change, science policy and international affairs, natural resources, information infrastructure
Stephen Matthews
Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography (Courtesy Appointment)
demography, health and well-being, multi-method research, geographic information systems

Emeritus Faculty

Ronald Abler
geography of communications systems, history of geographic thought
Rodney Erickson
economic geography, urban geography, regional economic development
C. Gregory Knight
environmental systems and policy, water resources, Africa, Eastern Europe
Peirce Lewis
the American landscape, historical geography of American culture

Fixed-Term Research Faculty

Todd Bacastow
Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence, Dutton e-Education Institute; affiliated with Penn State's Online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security
geographic information systems, spatial analysis, analytic methods, pedagogies, Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Option Lead
Douglas Miller
Senior Research Associate
Associate Professor of Geography, MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute; Director, Center for Environmental Informatics, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
landscape ecology, geographic information science, remote sensing, soils
Denice Wardrop
Senior Scientist
Assistant Director of Riparia, Associate Director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment
landscape ecology, wetland plant communities, effects of human disturbance on wetland ecosystems, wetland condition assessment
Ryan Baxter Photo
Senior Research Assistant
geospatial technologies, land-use change, data management and distribution, energy
Dennis J. Bellafiore
Senior Lecturer
for Geospatial Intelligence, Dutton e-Education Institute
geospatial analysis and cognitive biases, collaborative learning, modeling instruction
Soumaya Belmecheri
Research Associate
Vegetation Dymanics Lab, Geosciences
Joe Bishop
Research Associate
Justine Blanford
Research Associate
spatial and temporal ecology of disease, health, GIS, spatial analysis, Movement
Aliana Britson
Postdoctoral scholar
Sarah Chamberlain
Senior Research Assistant
botany, wetland monitoring and assessment, floristic quality assessment
George Chaplin
Senior Research Associate
MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
GIS, human ecology, spatial epidemiology, spatial and geo-statistics, human biogeography, biodiversity
Mark Coletti
Postdoctoral scholar
Mark Corson
Visiting Instructor, MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
political geography, military geography, geospatial intelligence, Western Europe, Southwest Asia
Jim Detwiler
Senior Instructor
MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
GIS programming and customization, climatology, distance education
Mary Easterling
Corina Ferbabdez
Research Assistant
Gabriella Ferruzzi
Visiting Scholar
micro-grids, smart-grids, optimization model, energy deregulated market, energy policies.
Susan Friedman
Adjunct Assistant Professor
social geography, historical geography, history of geography
Adrienne Gruver
Visiting Instructor, Dutton e-Education Institute
cartography, geovisualization, epidemiology
Peter Guth
Visiting Professor of Geography, MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
DEMs for geology/landforms, Viewsheds, military history and GIS
Steve Handwerk
Senior Lecturer
GEOINT Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
geospatial analysis, geospatial intelligence, cartography, natural disasters
Frank Hardisty
Research Associate
geographic visualization, spatial analysis, health geographics, software development, human-computer interfaces, geographic collaboration
Patrick Kennelly
Visiting Associate Professor, MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
GIS, cartography, GIS project management
Fritz Kessler
Visiting Associate Professor, MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
cartography, projections, datums, coordinate systems
Beth King
Senior Lecturer
MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
GIS, adult education, problem-based learning
Vincenzo Leone
Visiting Scholar
Michael Nassry
Postdoctoral scholar
landscape ecology, nutrient cycling, Climate change impacts on streams and wetlands
Scott Pezanowski
Senior Research Assistant
GeoVISTA Center
cartography, web mapping, Java programming, open source GIS, GIScience, geospatial information storage & analysis & retrieval
Linda Pickle
Adjunct Professor
geovisualization, spatial statistical analysis, cancer epidemiology
Michael Renslow
Visiting Senior Lecturer, Dutton e-Education Institute
Brandi Robinson
Gian Rocco
Senior Research Associate
Karen Schuckman
Senior Lecturer
MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
James Sloan II
Senior Lecturer
cartography and GIS education, World Campus Certificate Program in GIS
Marieta Staneva
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
sustainability, Eastern Europe, geographic education
Gregory Thomas
Assistant Director for Geospatial Intelligence Programs Dutton e-Education Institute
geospatial intelligence, Intelligence analysis, Homeland security
George Van Otten
Visiting Senior Lecturer
U.S.-Mexican border region, Native American economic development, rural development, practical applications of cultural geography
Jan Van Sickle
Visiting Senior Lecturer, MGIS Program, Dutton e-Education Institute
remote sensing, GNSS, digital elevation models, 3D and 4D modeling
Steve Vanek
Postdoctoral scholar
GeosyntheSES Lab
Soil Ecology and biogeochemical cycling, Spatial management gradients in agroecosystems, Social-Ecological Systems and sustainability science, Farmer and NGO research and learning networks, Teaching games, Rapid soil quality assessments
Susan Yetter
Research Assistant
floodplain ecology, stream/wetland biological condition assessment
Michelle Zeiders
GIS and distance education