Leadership and Staff
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

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.

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. Alfonso is a certified Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) pilot.

Sara Lone Fight

Interim Project Manager, Center for Land Use and Sustainability

B.A. in Communications, English, Honors from University of North Dakota
Certificate in Climate Change from University of Pennsylvania

Sara has over twelve years of experience working in higher education providing administrative support, student services, and data analysis. As the Interim Project Manager for the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, she serves as the first point of contact for the center, facilitating communications and providing project management for grant-funded initiatives and projects.