Brandi Gaertner, assistant teaching professor of spatial data science in the online geospatial education program, has joined the Penn State faculty in 2021. Her research and teaching focus is environmental GIS and spatial data analysis. Brandi is a climate change hydrologist and GIS analyst, with a research focus on evaluating historical and future impacts of climate change on surface streamflow and climate variables such as precipitation and temperature. She also uses remote sensing techniques such as normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) to study the impact of climate change on lengthened growing season, evapotranspiration, and hydrology.
Gaertner has significant experience and education in online education. She is currently completing a M.S. in instructional design and online technology and has previously completed a graduate certificate in university teaching. She has received several Quality Matters certificates for online teaching and has taught and designed over 10 online courses at previous institutions.
Prior to joining Penn State, Gaertner was an assistant professor of environmental science at Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, WV. She earned her doctorate in forestry and natural resources with a focus on climate change hydrology from West Virginia University in 2019. Prior to pursuing her doctorate degree, she completed a M.S. in environmental biology with a focus on aquatic ecology.