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Dr. Geoffrey L. Buckley, Professor and Undergraduate Chair
Clippinger 104A

Office Hours: T W TH 1:00-3:00 or by appt

 Ph.D., U. of Maryland, 1997

Through my teaching and research I seek to uncover the threads that knit present-day environmental problems to past decisions, practices, and processes. One can argue that if we are to make wise decisions with regard to the environmental problems we face today, we must understand the complex web of human and physical processes that, over time, have contributed to their existence. I am particularly interested in urban sustainability; management of public lands, especially state forests and urban green spaces; environmental justice; and the evolution of mining landscapes. Although much of my early work focused on the social and environmental impacts of coal mining in Appalachia, my most recent efforts build on my association with the Long-Term Ecological Research - Baltimore Ecosystem Study (LTER-BES). More specifically, my colleagues and I have been using an environmental justice frame to study the distribution of urban parks and street trees across the urban landscape. As a follow-up to this research, I will travel to archives in Baltimore, Phoenix, and Portland during spring 2014 to collect data on early urban zoning initiatives. Finally, I should mention my involvement with Education Abroad. Every summer I take 12-15 Ohio University students on a sustainability-themed education abroad trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the course of five weeks, we explore this fascinating city and country through coursework (GEOG 4560-5560 – City and Environment and HIST 4903-6903 – Edinburgh Since 1750) and numerous field trips.


Courses Taught:
  • GEOG 1400: Introduction to Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 4470/5470: Natural Resource Conservation
  • GEOG 3330/5330: Appalachia: Land and People
  • GEOG 4560/5560: City and Environment
  • GEOG 6470: Managing Urban Green Spaces


Representative Publications:

Buckley, G.L. 2013. “Urban Sustainability.” In: Cities of North America: contemporary challenges in U.S. and Canadian cities, ed. L. Benton-Short. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Morrone, M. and G.L. Buckley, eds. 2011. Mountains of Injustice: Environmental and Social Justice in Appalachia.  Athens: Ohio University Press.    

Buckley, G.L. and C.G. Boone. 2011. “To promote the material and moral welfare of the community”:

Neighborhood Improvement Associations in Baltimore, Maryland, 1900 – 1945.” In: Environmental and Social Justice in the City: Historical Perspectives, eds. G. Massard-Guilbaud and R. Rodger. Cambridge: White Horse Press, 43-65.


Buckley, G.L. 2010. America’s Conservation Impulse: A Century of Saving Trees in the Old Line State.  Chicago: Center for American Places.    


Boone, C.G., G.L. Buckley, J.M. Grove, and C. Sister.  2009.  Parks and People: An Environmental Justice Inquiry in Baltimore, Maryland. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 99(3):767-787.


Wells, J., G.L. Buckley, and C.G. Boone.  2008.  Separate but Equal?  Desegregating Baltimore’s Golf Courses. The Geographical Review 98(2):151-170.


Link to complete CV.


Selected Student Projects:

James Lloyd, M.A. Geography (Thesis: “Community Development, Research, and Reinvestment: The Struggle Against Redlining in Washington, DC, 1970 – 1995,” August 2012)

Meghan L. Rodier, M.A. Geography (Thesis: “Urban Community Forestry in Washington, DC and

Baltimore, MD: The Role of Nonprofit Organizations,” June 2011)

Michael Battaglia, M.A. Geography (Thesis: “A Multi-methods Approach to Determining

Appropriate Locations for Tree Planting in Two of Baltimore’s Tree-poor Neighborhoods,” June


Michelle Corrigan, M.A. Geography (Thesis: “Growing What You Eat: Developing Community

Gardens and Improving Food Security,” June 2010)

Erin Pierce, M.A. Geography (Thesis: “The Historic Roots of Green Urban Policy in Baltimore County, Maryland,” June 2010)

Andrew Giguere, M.A. Geography (Thesis: “. . . and never the twain shall meet: Baltimore’s

east-west expressway     and the construction of the Highway to Nowhere,” June 2009)