Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty

Cynthia Brewer
Professor
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
Professor
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
Jennifer Balch
fire ecology, Earth systems ecology, land use/landcover change, global change ecology, invasive species, tropical forest ecology
Robert Brooks
Professor
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
Professor
satellite climatology, synoptic climatology, climate dynamics, human impacts on climate, Antarctica
Guido Cervone
Associate Professor
Geoinformatics
remote sensing, environmental hazards, geoinformatics, social media
Robert Crane
Professor
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
Professor
Honors Advisor
behavioral, environmental cognition, geography education
William Easterling
Professor
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
Professor
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
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
Professor
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
critical development studies, qualitative methods, Political and feminist geography, neoliberal globalization and citizenship, migration, rural gentrification
Erica Smithwick
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Ecology, Director of Landscape Ecology at Penn State (LEAPS)
landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, fire ecology
Alan Taylor
Professor
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
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
Professor
Post-modern discourse theory, Third World, theories of poverty, community development, GIS applications, public scholarship and service learning
Brent Yarnal
Professor
global change in local places, climate variation and change, land-use/land-cover change, environmental hazards, coupled human-environment systems
Karl Zimmerer
Professor
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
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
Anthony Robinson
Assistant Professor
Director of Online Geospatial Education Programs
geographic visualization, cartography, visual analytics, interface design, user evaluation, crisis management, medical geography
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
Instructor
geospatial technologies, Internet mapping, climate change, land-use change
Soumaya Belmecheri
Research Associate
Vegetation Dymanics Lab, Geosciences
Joe Bishop
Research Associate
Justine Blanford
Research Associate
spatial and temporal ecology of disease, environmental monitoring and management, Health applications in GIS, Geovisualization and visual analytics, GIS and spatial analysis, Movement analysis
Sarah Chamberlain
Senior Research Assistant
Riparia
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
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
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, geographic information storage and retrieval
Linda Pickle
Adjunct Professor
geovisualization, spatial statistical analysis, cancer epidemiology
Michael Renslow
Visiting Senior Lecturer, Dutton e-Education Institute
Brandi Robinson
Lecturer
Gian Rocco
Senior Research Associate
Riparia
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
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
Meg Winchester
Postdoctoral scholar
Postdoctoral Scholar in Health and Environment
Global health and globalization, Gender and intimate partner violence, Eastern and Southern Africa, Experiences of HIV/AIDS, Geoethnographic methods, Therapeutic landscapes
Susan Yetter
Research Assistant
Riparia
floodplain ecology, stream/wetland biological condition assessment
Michelle Zeiders
Lecturer
GIS and distance education