Ecosystem Research in Geography

The Department of Geography at Penn State has a strong and growing graduate research group focusing on ecosystem dynamics. Faculty expertise and research interests intersect across several disciplines that include plant and animal population and community ecology, landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, ecosystem modeling, climate change, restoration ecology, and conservation science. Research projects address the ecological, spatial, historical, and policy implications pertinent to natural, managed, and damaged landscapes and watersheds. Excellent field, laboratory, and GIS facilities are available for student and faculty research. Faculty expertise in geography is complemented by faculty in other programs at Penn State, including the Intercollege Graduate Program in Ecology.

Strong research ties between physical geography faculty and departmental faculty in human-environment interactions, GIS, remote sensing, and geographic visualization promote cross-disciplinary collaboration.