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

Office Hours: Monday 3:00-5:00, Tuesday 12:00-2:00 or by appointment

 Ph.D., U. of Maryland, 1997

Through my teaching and research I seek to uncover the legacy effects of 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 am currently studying the social and ecological benefits linked to the removal of asphalt from Baltimore's schoolyards and playgrounds. In addition to an interesting history, this research has identified a unique mechanism for addressing the cost of asphalt removal - always a challenge for cities that are short on funding. 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 GEOG 4550-5550 – History of Planning) and numerous field trips.


Courses Taught:
  • GEOG 2400: 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:


Colten, C.E. and G.L. Buckley, eds. 2014. North American Odyssey: Historical Geographies for the 21st Century. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


Buckley, G.L. 2014. “Urban Sustainability.” In: Cities of North America: contemporary challenges in U.S. and Canadian cities, ed. L. Benton-Short, 377-403. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


Battaglia, M., G.L. Buckley, M. Galvin, and J.M. Grove. 2014. It’s Not Easy Going Green: Obstacles to Tree-Planting Programs in East Baltimore. Cities and the Environment 7, Issue 2, Article 6.


Buckley, G.L., A.C. Whitmer, and J.M. Grove. 2013. Parks, Trees, and Environmental Justice: Field Notes from Washington, DC. Applied Environmental Education & Communication 12(3): 148-162.


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


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


Link to complete CV.


Selected Student Projects:


Jillian Prusa, M.A. Geography (Thesis: “Refurbishing the Rust Belt: Vacant Land Reuse in Baltimore, Maryland and Cleveland, Ohio,” December 2014)


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 2010)


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)