Leadership, Staff, and Students

The CLUS is housed in the Geography-Earth Science Department at Shippensburg University, and is managed by a Director (Dr. Claire Jantz), Associate Director (Dr. George Pomeroy), and GIScience Director (Dr. Scott Drzyzga). Every project is supported by two full time staff and undergraduate or graduate student research.

Claire Jantz, Ph.D. – Director

Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Science

Project Lead: Delaware River Basin

B.A. in College Scholars from University of Tennessee
M.A. in Geography from University of Maryland
Ph.D. in Geography from University of Maryland

Dr. Claire Jantz is the Director of the CLUS. She has extensive expertise in land use and land cover change analysis and modeling, and interdisciplinary research. Dr. Jantz has particular expertise within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the Delaware River Basin, and the Delmarva Peninsula. She has participated in several collaborative research efforts funded by NASA, Maryland SeaGrant, NPS, and the William Penn Foundation.

George Pomeroy, Ph.D. – Associate Director

Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Science

Project Lead: I-81 Corridor

Ph.D. in Urban Studies from University of Akron
M.S. in Geography from Western Washington University
B.A. Ed. in Geography from Western Washington University

George Pomeroy is the Associate Director of the CLUS. He teaches courses and conducts research related to community and regional planning, as well as urban geography, focusing on both U.S. and comparative contexts. He was appointed as Director of Shippensburg University’s Center for Land Use in May 2005.

Scott Drzyzga, Ph.D., GISP – GIScience Director

Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Sciences

B.A. in Geography from State University of New York at Geneseo
M.A. in Geography from Michigan State University
Ph.D. in Geography from Michigan State University

Dr. Drzyzga is the GIScience Director for the CLUS. He is an experienced specialist in geographic information science and technology, is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).

Antonia Price

Project Manager, Department of Geography-Earth Science

H.B.S. in Biology from University of Utah

Antonia received an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Utah, with Undergraduate Research Scholar designation. As the coordinator for the Delaware River Basin Project- Land Use Dynamics, she leads communication efforts in the 43 county region of the DRB, in the form of websites, social media, surveys, and quarterly newsletters. Antonia has a background in community outreach and science education, and enjoys communicating science to diverse audiences.

Alfonso Yáñez Morillo

Research Analyst, Department of Geography-Earth Science

A.S. in forest engineering from the Universidad Politecnica of Madrid
B.S. in biology from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid
M.S. in environmental management and administration from the Fundación Biodiversidad

Alfonso specializes in landscape ecology and connectivity and has over 10 years experience applying GIS to a wide range of environmental consultancy projects. Focus areas include environmental impact assessments, land use change, planning evaluation, forest fires, and ecological flows regimes.

Jackie Rosenberger

Student Fellow

Jackie plans to graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. Biology and a minor in Geographic Information Science. She is interested in using GIS for wildlife management and conservation. She has worked with the Kittatinny Ridge Coalition to build a geographic database of environmental data sets for the Kittatinny Ridge in order to support the conservation of native habitat and wildlife. She also used these data sets to calculate scientific metrics for land, water, and wildlife resources to allow conservation progress to be tracked over time. In addition to working for the CLUS, she has also worked as a wildlife biologist aide for the PA Game Commission.

Projects: Kittatinny Ridge GIS Project

Troy Alleman

Student Fellow

Troy plans to graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Studies and minor in Public Administration. He is interested in hydrology and hydrogeology, and may pursue a graduate degree focused on water resource management. A nontraditional student with a military background, Troy enjoys mentoring and supports many students in the department. His wide-ranging skills include interpersonal communication, planning, cartography, GIS, spatial analysis, and finding creative solutions to unique problems.

Projects: Kittatinny Ridge GIS Project, LVMA

Joshua Barth

Graduate Student Fellow

Joshua earned an A.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Burlington County College and a B.S. in Geology from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geoenvironmental Studies at Shippensburg University. Joshua enjoys teaching through nature walks and other outdoor activities and works as an environmental educator at Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

Projects: Delaware River Basin Project, Poconos-Kittatinny Cluster Consulting, Rhyolite Project

Patricia Newdeck

Graduate Student Fellow

B.S. in Geosciences from Penn State University

Trish Newdeck has over 10 years of experience as an environmental consultant where she executed site investigation and remedial action plans for chemical and petroleum clients.  Currently, Trish is earning her M.S. in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg with the intent to pursue a land use planning or conservation career.  Currently, she interns with The Nature Conservancy, works as a graduate assistant and a CLUS student fellow.  She dedicates her spare time to adventuring on land and water with her teenage sons.

Projects: Various projects under the South Mountain Partnership

Jonathon Chester

Student Fellow

Pursuing a B.S. in Geo-Environmental Studies and a Certificate in GIS, Jonathon plans to graduate from Shippensburg University in May 2018. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career which integrates GIS with land conservation and management. Outside of work with the CLUS, he is currently involved in an undergraduate research project using LiDAR-derived data sets to investigate the geomorphology of broad low-relief surfaces along the crest of South Mountain, PA. Outside of academics, Jonathon has extensive local, regional, and national leadership experience within the Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout in 2011. 

Projects: Upper Delaware PartnershipKittatinny Ridge GIS Project