Russell Hedberg, Ph.D. – Interim Director

Associate Professor, Department of Geography-Earth Science

College of Arts & Sciences

B.A. in History from University of Michigan
M.S. and Ph.D in Geography from Penn State University

Russell (Russ) Hedberg is a broadly trained environmental geographer whose research and teaching focus on human-environment systems and sustainability. Russ has particular interests in agroecology and sustainable food systems, with specializations in soil biogeochemistry and local food systems. His current research has three foci: examining how social dynamics in local food systems influence farmer environmental practices, assessing how soil management practices on farms affect soil carbon and phosphorus cycles and fertility, and building regional nutrient recycling systems. Dr. Hedberg also maintains an interest in the Andean regions of South America, where he studied tree line forest cover change in 2012.