Program Faculty

Faculty associated with the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment Program at Penn State.
  • Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics

Research Interests: Land use conflicts; water quantity and quality management; air/water impacts from animal agricultural operations; evaluation of watershed scale and market-like approaches to environmental management; impacts of development and use of traditional (fossil fuel-based) and renewable/alternative energy sources.

Areas of Expertise

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis
  • Water Resources Management
  • Institutional Economics
  • Public Issues Education
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences


Research Interests: Glaciology; ice and climate; sea level change; abrupt climate change.

  • Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics
  • Co-Director, Center for Economic and Community Development
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian Center for Agriculture and Law, University of New England


Research Interests: Agricultural economics and policy; development economics; public sector economics; community and regional economics; community and rural development; comparative rural policy; institutional and behavioral economics; resource and environmental economics; public scholarship and civic engagement in higher education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Economics and Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Community and Regional Economics
  • Community and Rural Development
  • Comparative Rural Policy
  • Institutional and Behavioral Economics
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Public Scholarship and Civic Engagement in Higher Education
  • Professor of Entomology


Research Interests: Sustainable and organic agriculture; biological soil quality and sustainability; entomopathogenic nematode biology and ecology;sustainable and organic agriculture; biological soil quality and sustainability; entomopathogenic nematode biology and ecology; integrated pest management; biocontrol and insect pathology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil Entomology and Ecology
  • Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
  • Insect Pathology
  • Women and Gender in Science
  • Women and Agriculture
  • Distinguished Professor of Agronomy

Research Interests: Extension education programs, plant nutrition, soil testing, manure management, and whole farm nutrient management. Research in soil test evaluation and calibration, fertility management (N, P, K, S), starter fertilizer management, development of nutrient management systems, and management of agricultural phosphorus and the environment. Advisor to state and federal government agencies and other organizations on nutrient management and agriculture related water quality issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil Fertility
  • Soil Testing
  • Nutrient Management
  • Manure Management
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology


Research Activities and Interests: Dr. Bird is Associate Professor of ecological anthropology, with broad interests in how social and ecological factors interact to influence patterns of resource use and their archaeological expressions. He focuses especially on questions about livelihood decisions and habitats, exploring the dynamics of human subsistence practices, their role in ecosystem function, and their archaeological implications in Australia and Western North America. His current projects involve collaborations between Indigenous communities, ethnographers, ecologists, geographers and archaeologists on interdisciplinary topics including the socio-ecological organization of foraging economies, anthropogenic habitat modification, and environmental change. Much of his field time is spent in close collaboration with Martu - the Traditional Owners of a large Native Title determination in the Great and Little Sandy Deserts, Western Australia - working on issues of hunting practices, fire ecology, and sustainability. Previously Dr. Bird spent many years conducting field work with Meriam Islanders in the Torres Straight on inter-tidal subsistence strategies and coastal archaeology. His work on subsistence ecology is widely published in international science journals.

  • Professor Of Anthropology


Research Interests:  Hunter gatherers, Australia/New Guinea, costly signaling, sharing and cooperation, landscape and community ecology, human adaptation in desert ecosystems.

  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
  • Interim Director, Hamer Center


Research Interests: Built environment and active living/healthy eating; gender and development; women, work, and housing in India; design/planning pedagogy.

  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology


Research Interests: Collective action, networks, and public participation; adoption of conservation technologies; rural and agricultural economic development; community watershed organizations; natural resource development impacts; land use change and planning; environmental decision making.

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy and Society, specifically Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development
  • Community Development and Public Engagement
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Governance Systems
  • Women in Agriculture
  • Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership, and Youth Development


Research Interests: the role of community and leadership development in the community, youth, and rural development process. Much of my work has focused on community action, civic engagement, youth development, locally based natural resource management, economic development, and social justice.a

Areas of Expertise

  • Community
  • Community and Leadership Development
  • International Development
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Social Change/Social Movements
  • Rural Sociology
  • Environmental/Natural Resource Sociology
  • Professor of Geography
  • Director, Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center


Research Interests: Ecology conservation and restoration of wetlands streams and riparian areas, wetland wildlife, landscape ecology

  • Associate Professor of Civil Engineering


Research Interests: Bioremediation of soil, sediment and groundwater; Integrative hydrobiogeochemistry; Biological metal oxidationin coal mine drainage; Biological iron (III) reduction; Biological uranium (VI) reduction; Contaminant interactions with Fe-bearing clay minerals

  • Associate Head and Professor of English


Research Interests: Experience based education; Tying literature to natural resources.

  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Ecology, Graduate Coordinator


Research Interests: Ecosystem ecology: wetlands; hydrology; restoration; seed banks; plant communities; historical ecology.

  • Professor of Geography
  • Director, Alliance for Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Development in Africa


My research interests are broadly within the field of climate and climate change. I am particularly interested in regional and local scale climate change and its implications for biophysical and human systems. Much of my work involves downscaling global climate model data for regional applications, and much of this has been undertaken with Bruce Hewitson at the Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology
  • Leader, PA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit


Research Interests: Wildlife ecology; estimation of population parameters; harvest management of game populations.

Areas of Expertise

  • biometrics
  • white-tailed deer
  • harvest management
  • population estimation
  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture


Research Interests: Environmentally sustainable stormwater management systems; integrating runoff processes with urban site design; alternative site design technologies and implementation methods; qualitative research methods for environmental design and planning; land development assessment, design, and permitting; implication of land development regulations on site planning and urban form.

  • Professor
  • Ibberson Chair in Urban and Community Forestry
  • Extension Specialist, Community and Urban Forestry


Research Interests: Community forest management; land-use planning and regulation for resource conservation; open space conservation; volunteerism; arboriculture and tree care.

  • Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, Undergraduate Program Chair of Energy and Fuels Engineering Option


Research Interests: Carbon materials from petroleum and coal; undesirable carbon deposition in engine fuel and lubrication systems and in process units; preparation of activated carbons; upgrading petroleum residua; catalytic oxidation of solid carbons.

  • Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics


Research Interests: Environmental economics; climate change policy; technological change in developing countries.

Areas of Expertise

  • Computable general equilibrium modeling
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Integrated assessment
  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture


Research Interests: Community design and planning; public perception of planning process; professional practice.

  • Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society
  • Community, Environment, and Development Program Coordinator


Research Interests: Social and environmental impacts of agricultural science and technologies; the role of science and technology in agricultural and natural resource policy making; the social and ethical implications of democratizing science and technology research.

  • Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics
  • Director of The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development


Research Interests:Rural and community development; regional economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Systems Economics
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Regional Economics and Policy
  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Professor of Geography, Faculty-In-Charge Environmental Inquiry Minor


Research Interests: Human adaptation to natural and cultural surroundings; biodiversity conservation; historic human landscape modification; human use of fresh water; demography; role of cultural and linguistic

  • Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
  • Chair Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment


Research Interests: Outdoor recreation behavior and management; human dimensions of natural resources; water-based recreation carrying capacity.

  • Associate Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Undergraduate Program


Research Interests: Monte Carlo methods; spatial models, uncertainty quantification and Bayesian methods with applications to climate science, infectious diseases, and ecology

  • Professor of Rural Sociology


Research Interests: Understanding, negotiation, organization, contestation and assessment of sustainability, agriculture, food systems and the environment; local and alternative food initiatives and movements; social, ethical, and land use implications of bioenergy crop production and energy development.

Areas of Expertise

  • food systems
  • sustainable agriculture
  • agrarian change
  • sustainability
  • Assistant Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management


Research Interests: Tourism-supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development, impacts of tourism on both destination communities and on travelers, environmental anthropology, Latin America.

  • Distinguished Professor of Anthropology


Research Interests: Primate evolution, with emphasis on the evolution of primate lineages in relation to environmental change; evolution of human skin and skin coloration; evolution of hominid bipedalism; mammalian paleoecology in the late Tertiary and Quaternary.

  • Associate Professor of Crop Production / Ecology


Research Interests: I’m interested in advancing agroecological research to design sustainable cropping systems. I have a particular interest in the role of perennials in cropping system sustainability. My cropping systems research has focused the influence of cropping systems and fertility management on crop productivity, soil health, and fertility. I also study the influence of pasture-based diets on the fatty acid profile and vitamin content of pasture-based livestock products. My earlier research focused on pasture ecology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Agroecology
  • Conservation & Dairy Cropping Systems
  • Soil & nutrient conservation, perennials, cover crops
  • Pasture ecology and grazing management
  • Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry


Research Interests: Ecosystem ecology; global change biology; biogeochemistry of nitrogen and carbon cycling in managed and unmanaged ecosystems.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Carbon cycle
  • Forest ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Associate Professor of Forest Ecology


Research Interests: Vegetation dynamics; dendrochronology; disturbance history; paleoclimatology; environmental change.

Areas of Expertise

  • Global change ecology
  • Forest ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Community ecology
  • Associate Professor of Geosciences


Research Interests: Climate change; oceanography; biogeochemistry; economic analysis; decision-making under uncertainty.

  • Associate Professor of Geography


Research Interests: My research concentrates upon several topics, particularly the impacts of conservation and development in Southern Africa, social and environmental justice, and the intersections between livelihoods, health and environment. While the majority of this work has been completed in South Africa and Botswana, I also have research interests within the United States.

  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture


Research Interests: Abandoned mine land reclamation; watershed planning and management; native plant communities in landscape design; sustainable landscape design; student alcohol and drug abuse; minority participation in landscape architectural education and practice.

  • Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies. Penn State Altoona.


Research Interests: Biodiversity, Human-modified Landscapes, Squirrel Ecology and Behavior, Natural Resources at Natural Parks

  • Professor of Geography


Research Interests: Remote sensing; soils, landscape ecology, remote sensing, geographic information science

Areas of Expertise

  • remote sensing
  • GIS
  • soils
  • geomorphology
  • land change
  • Professor of Weed and Applied Plant Ecology


Research Interests: Plant fitness; performance of management practices; weed ecology.

  • Associate Professor and Professor-in-Charge of Honors Programs, Recreation, Park and Tourism Management


Research Interests: The health contribution of parks and outdoor recreation. Public attitudes toward park and conservation funding strategies

  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture


Research Interests: Cultural ecology; settlement ecology; anthropological archaeology; landscape anthropology/archaeology; agricultural intensification - niche inheritance; GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis.

  • Department Head/Professor Recreation, Park and Tourism Management


Research Interests: Visitor management to protected areas, Soundscape/acoustic management in park, Transportation management and planning, Efficacy and communication of "leave no trace" principles

  • Associate Professor of Archaeological Anthropology


Research Interests: Archaeology; paleoethnobotany; historical biodiversity; subsistence systems; resource selection and sustainability; domestication of plant species; environmental, demographic, and social impacts of prehistoric and historic subsistence economies; emergence of agricultural ways of life; Caribbean Region.

  • Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture


Research Interests: environmental perception and the computer modeling of environmental impacts. Studies have included the impacts of highway development, of insect pest impacts and logging on national forests, and of the effects of military training activities on natural and rural landscapes.

  • Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy


Research Interests: Assets, risk & protective factors; collaboration & community development; contextual influences on development; civic engagement in youth; human ecosystems; program development & evaluation; research methods.

Areas of Expertise

  • Youth and Family Resiliency
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Evidence-based Programs
  • Applied Research and Evaluations
  • Community Collaboration
  • Geospatial Services Librarian
  • Head, Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps & Geospatial Information


Research Interests: Geographic information science, remote sensing and spatial analysis geospatial research support landscape ecology and conservation interdisciplinary social and natural science research

  • Associate Professor, Tenured, Director of Graduate Studies


Research Interests: Architectural Design as a Process of Integration, Theory of Functionalism, Relationship of Architecture and Technology, Energy Simulation as Part of the Design Process and Building Information Modeling.

  • Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management


Research Interests: Wood products operations management; operations research; process control, simulation, and optimization; statistical quality control; relationships of wood, moisture, product properties, and environmental emissions; artificial intelligence; non-destructive evaluation of wood products; lean manufacturing; quality management systems.

Areas of Expertise

  • Natural Resources Systems Analysis
  • Forest Products Economics
  • Wood Industry Operations Research
  • Wood Identification and Taxonomy
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment
  • Bioenergy and Bioresource Engineering


Research Interests: Microbial systems engineering; sustainable manure management; bioconversion of lignicellulosic biomass.

Areas of Expertise

  • Lignocellulosic biomass conversion
  • Bioenergy
  • Manure conversion
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Professor of Entomology


Research Interests: Ecology and pest management of arthropods affecting vineyards; design and development of computer-based systems that capture, formalize, and represent qualitative and quantitative knowledge associated with managed and natural systems.

  • Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics
  • Director, Environment and Natural Resources Institute


Research Interests: Natural resource and environmental economics; public economics; operations research; policy analysis.

  • Senior Lecturer in Forest Resources and Extension Education
  • Natural Resources & Youth Extension Specialist


Research Interests: Natural resources and youth education programs; adult volunteerism in conservation and environmental education; forest stewardship on private forest lands.

Areas of Expertise

  • Youth and Natural Resources Education
  • Forest Stewardship
  • Natural Resources Volunteerism
  • Private Forestland Management
  • Connecting Youth with Nature
  • Forest Dendrology and Botany
  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Director for the Center for Landscape Dynamics


Research Interests: landscape ecology, ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, fire ecology, remote sensing, coupled natural-human systems, indigenous knowledge

  • Professor of Forest Biology
  • Director of The Arboretum at Penn State


Research Interests: Silviculture and ecology of mixed-oak forests; tree growth and form; forest genetics.

  • Assistant Professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management


Research Interests: Visitor-use management in parks and protected areas, perceptions of soundscapes, Leave No Trace practices, crowding, alternative transportation, communication and information sources, and the role of natural sounds on human health.

  • Professor of Landscape Architecture


Research Interests: Ecologically-informed design; ecological restoration and planning; regeneration of brownfields and post-industrial sites; woodland gardens, wetlands, rivers & riparian lands, grasslands & meadows, native plants in general; green networks: urban wildlands, greenways, riverways, parks, disused spaces; sustainable indigenous landscapes and ecosystems learning (Nepal, north India); community-level adaptation to regional climate change (Ghana, Tanzania).

  • Professor of Geography, Director of Vegetation Dynamics Laboratory


Research Interests: Vegetation change; landscape ecology; fire ecology and fire effects; climate change and climate-disturbance interactions; dendroecology; disturbance interactions; invasive species.

  • DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy
  • Nancy Tuana Directorship, Rock Ethics Institute


Research Interests: Science Studies with an emphasis on epistemological and ethical issues; Feminist Philosophy.

  • Senior Research Associate
  • Associate Director, Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center


Research Interests: Human impacts on aquatic ecosystem processes; wetland plant communities; applied theoretical ecology; spatial scale; landscape change.

  • Professor of Biological Anthropology and Demography


Research Interests: biodemography; historical demography; population ecology; paleodemography; reproductive biology; infectious disease dynamics; landscape ecology.

  • Professor of Geography and Women's Studies


Research Interests: Political economy, Mexico and Mexico-U.S. border, social justice, political and urban geography, feminist studies

  • Head and Professor of Geography


Research Interests: 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