This page lists CLD’s Steering Committee and affiliates.

Center Director:

 Erica Smithwick

Professor of Geography, Department of Geography; Focal research area: landscape ecology, disturbance dynamics (fire), biogeochemistry, conservation.


323 Walker Building, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 16801;; Landscape Ecology at Penn State; 814-865-6693

Steering Committee:

Margot KayeMargot Kaye

Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, School of Forest Resources, College of Agricultural Sciences;Focal research area: forest ecology, dendrochronology, forest disturbance, fire,


Peter NewmanPeter Newman


Department Head and Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, College of Health and Human Development; Focal research area: protected area management, soundscapes, transportation, recreation,



James ShortleJames Shortle

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics Director, Environment and Natural Resources Institute, College of Agricultural Sciences; Focal research area: integrated assessment for environmental decision making, climate change, water, and economics,


Alan TaylorAlan Taylor

Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences; Focal research area: forest ecology, fire management,



Katherine ZippKatherine Zipp

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, ; Focal research area: environmental and resource economics, land economics, spatial modeling, non-market valuation


Faculty Affiliates

Jeffrey BrownsonJeffrey Brownson

John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Solar Option Lead: iMPS in Renewable Energy & Sustainability Systems,

Guido Cervone

Guido CervoneProfessor of Geography, Department of Geography, Focal research area: remote sensing, agent-based modeling, data mining; Focal research area: remote sensing, agent-based modeling, data mining; 






Ken DavisKen Davis

Professor of Meteorology and Co-Chair, North American Carbon Program Science; Focal research area: Carbon Cycling, Climate, Earth-Atmosphere Interactions,



Larry GorenfloLarry Gorenflo

Professor of Landscape Architecture; Focal research area: conservation biology, GIS and spatial visualization, landscape ecology,


Alan GraefeAlan Graefe

Professor, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Focal research area: outdoor recreation behavior and management, human dimensions of natural resources, water-based recreation carrying capacity,


Sarah J. Ivory

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences; Focal research area: paleoecology, using fossil pollen records to better understand past ecosystem change in order to inform future conservation strategies.

Klaus KellerKlaus Keller

Professor of Geosciences, Department of Geosciences; Focal research area: climate risk and uncertainty, modeling,


Armen KemanianArmen Kemanian

Assistant Professor of Production Systems and Modeling, Department of Plant Science; Focal research area: ecosystem modeling, environmental biophysics, agronomy,



Melissa M. Kreye, Ph.D.Melissa Kreye

Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management; Focal research area: forest policy and economics; social and economic values associated with private forests, wildlife and water resources.


Laura LeitesLaura Leites

Assistant professor of quantitative forest ecology,,




Sarah McClureSarah McClure

Assistant Professor of Anthropology,,




Doug MillerDoug Miller

Center for Environmental Informatics and Department of Geography; Focal research area: geospatial tools, landscape management, remote sensing & GIS,

Nathan Piekielek's picture Nathan Piekielek

Geospatial Services Librarian; Focal research area: maps and geospatial data; remote sensing; GIS; sustainable development and conservation.



Katriona SheaKatriona Shea

Alumni Professor of Biology,,




John TookerJohn Tooker

Associate Professor of Entomology, Extension Specialist, Department of Entomology; Focal research area: agroecology, insect ecology,




Tyler WagnerTyler Wagner

Adjunct Professor of fisheries Ecology, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Assistant Unit Leader PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; Focal research area: spatial statistics,