Geoff Buckley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Ohio University where he has taught since 1998. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology and American History from Connecticut College in 1987, a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Oregon in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Maryland in 1997.
His research interests focus on historical environmental geography, the American conservation movement, and the development of America’s mining landscapes and system of public lands. Of particular interest to him over the past several years has been the effect of coal mining on Appalachia’s forest and water resources. Most recently, he has examined the role that coal companies have played in manufacturing images of Appalachia through the medium of photographs. His articles have appeared in Historical Geography, The Geographical Review, Maryland Historical Magazine,Appalachian Journal, and the Encyclopedia of Energy. He is also author of Extracting Appalachia: Images of the Consolidation Coal Company, 1910 – 1945 (Ohio University Press 2004).
With respect to teaching, Geoff has responsibility for the following courses: Geography 201 (Introduction to Environmental Geography); Geography 241 (Global Issues in Environmental Geography); Geography 3/533 (Appalachia: Land and People); and Geography 4/547 (Natural Resource Conservation). He also teaches a Tier 3 course on American Environmentalism.
He is a member of the Association of American Geographers, the American Geographical Society, the Appalachian Studies Association, and Rural Action’s Environmental Learning Program.