Affiliated Scientists

The CLUS at Shippensburg University (SU) builds on an emerging campus-wide focus on sustainability issues. We aim to be an interdisciplinary center that leverages the expertise of SU faculty, staff, and students to promote sustainable land use, economic development, and communities at local, regional, and global scales. Learn how to become affiliated with the CLUS, or more about our scientists, below! Faculty and Staff can fill out an application here.

Alison Feeney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

B.S. in History from University of Connecticut
B.S. in Geography from University of Connecticut
M.A. in Geography from Portland State University
Ph.D. in Geography from Michigan State University

I joined the Shippensburg faculty in 1998 with interests in applied mapping. I love Geography and mapping is a wonderful way to express the patterns and processes of the environment. While my traditional training and focus of research is in interactive multimedia, animated mapping and its application in education, I enjoy using current software to explore a range of cultural landscapes. I teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including GIS, Cartography, Mapping Science, World Regional Geography, and the Geography of the United States and Canada. I have held several mapping and GIS positions where I created maps and conducted spatial analysis for both private and government agencies. This work experience is discussed in the technical courses to update students on their career options. I promote active learning styles and stresses the importance of technology in the classroom to strengthen students’ potential success in the ever-changing work place.

Allen Dieterich-Ward, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of History and Philosophy

B.A. from College of Wooster
M.A. from University of Michigan
Ph.D. from University of Michigan

I am a specialist in environmental, economic and urban history with a research focus on metropolitan Pittsburgh. My book, Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. I am currently Vice President of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, co-editor of the Pennsylvania History series and a steering committee member for the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project.

Bill Blewett, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chairperson, Department of Geography-Earth Science

B.S. in Earth Science Education from Northern Michigan University
M.A. from Western Illinois University
Ph.D. in Physical Geographyfrom Michigan State University

Dr. Blewett came to Shippensburg in August 1990. Prior to his doctoral studies, Bill was a researcher for National Geographic Magazine in Washington, D.C. Bill has taught Introduction to Geology, Introduction to the Atmosphere, Soils, and Astronomy since coming to Shippensburg, and currently teaches Physical Geology, graduate and undergraduate Geomorphology, and Geology of National Parks. His research interests include the glacial landforms of the northern Great Lakes region, Appalachian Highlands geomorphology, and the geography of North America. Most of his latest work involves local research on periglacial processes and biogeography with undergraduate and graduate students.

Christopher Woltemade, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Science

B.A. in Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
M.S. in Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. in Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. in Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

My background integrates hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, water resources planning and policy, and environmental engineering. Most of my work has addressed applied problems, such as:

• Managing stream temperatures to support native salmonids in coastal California
• Managing quarry pumping discharge in a Cumberland County, Pennsylvania karst landscape
• Fluvial geomorphic monitoring of stream channel and riparian zone restoration on Larry’s Creek, Pennsylvania
• Economic efficiency of residential water conservation
• Impacts of residential soil compaction on infiltration and stormwater runoff in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

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.

Dorlisa Minnick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work & Gerontology

B.A. in Social Work from Shippensburg University
M.S.W. from S.U.N.Y. – Stony Brook
Ph.D. in Social Work from The Catholic University of America

Dr. Dorlisa Minnick believes social and environmental justice is inextricably tied together in order to build sustainable communities. She has experience in designing, implementing, and disseminating results from community assessments focused on the social environments of marginalized populations. She has co-led training to increase community organizing capacity of Science Festival Alliance membership in their efforts to make science accessible in their local communities.

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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.

Ian Langella, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Finance and Supply Chain

B.S. from Maine Maritime Academy
M.A. from University of Magdeburg
Ph.D. from University of Magdeburg

My research has two streams. The first, more aligned with my traditional modeling background, focuses on making supply chains more sustainable through more efficient product recovery management systems and examining environmental impact of logistics systems. The more broad stream seeks to identify and exploit opportunities for inter-disclilinary cross-functional research which examines the interface of two disciplines encouraging more cooperation and a seamless goal of unified sustainability and responsibility.

Jerry Carbo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Management

B.B.A. from Texas Christian University
M.I.L.R. from Cornell
J.D. from Dickinson School of Law
Ph.D. from Cornell ILR School

I have numerous publications in socially sustainable business systems. I am also currently working on the first textbook on Socially Sustainable Business Systems. I believe that sustainability must be fully integrated – focusing on people and the planet.

Kurt Fuellhart, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Science

B.S. from University of Vermont
M.B.A. from University of Connecticut
Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University

Over time, my research has focused largely on three broad areas. (1) Small and medium-sized business information networks; (2) regional economic development and impact analysis; and, (3) transportation — particularly relating to airports and airlines and their networks at different scales as well as the trucking and warehousing sectors.

Nathan Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. from University of South Dakota

Dr. Thomas’ research is focused on the physiological aspects of vertebrate organisms, including habitat use. Research from this field has become more sought after by wildlife managers and government agencies in the face of global climate change and will continue to be an invaluable asset as changes to current climate patterns are altered in the coming years.

Paul Marr, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Science

B.A. in Anthropology from University of North Texas
M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of North Texas
Ph.D. in Geography from University of Denver

My interests include: transportation analyses focused primarily on trucking and warehousing, statistical techniques for spatial sciences, and spatial analyses of historical geography. Additionally, I have archaeological and field equipment (e.g. surveying, GPR/EM, GPS) training.

Ryan Kudasik, MSIT

Instructional Design Specialist, Department of Instructional Design

M.S. in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University

I am a citizen scientist. I am interested in the intersection between peak resources, population growth, and health. This usually means I work on micro-projects to demonstrate how to live with fewer resources.

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).

Sean Cornell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Science

Project Lead: InTeGrate

B.S. from University of Rochester
M.S. from University of Cincinnati
Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati

I teach courses in Geology, Oceanography, and related fields where my specialty is focused on coastal processes and sea-level rise hazards. I am a faculty researcher at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and routinely involve students in sustainability projects working on environmental restoration of shorelines in coastal areas. Here on campus, I am actively involved in the Campus Community Farm and have been working on sustainability projects with students to support education and community-outreach.

Steven Burg, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of History and Philosophy

B.A. from Colgate University
M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am a specialist in public history, historic preservation, and community history, with an interest in how the preservation and interpretation of cultural and natural resources influences historical memory and public perceptions of the past. I am also interested in the role historic preservation can play in building sustainable communities. My current research focuses on the historical development and preservation of African-American burial grounds in Pennsylvania. I currently serve as an appointed member of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Board.

Steven Haase, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

B.S. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S. from University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin, Madison

I have applied my background in experimental, cognitive, and perceptual psychology to the interdisciplinary problem of sustainability. Along with several colleagues in the College of Business, we have published research on socially sustainable systems and are in the process of writing a book that has been accepted for publication on socially sustainable business practices.

Tim Hawkins, Ph.D.

Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Geography-Earth Science

B.A. from Colgate University
M.S. from Arizona State University
Ph.D. from Arizona State University

My research focus is hydroclimatology. Specifically, focus on future streamflow and watershed-wide hydrologic conditions in a changing climate. I also dabble in urban climatology.