Jake Brenner

Jake Brenner

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Science
Faculty, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Faculty, Latin American Studies

Phone:(607) 274-3967
Office:258 Ctr for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850

I teach human-environment geography, covering a broad range of topics, from theories of globalization to environmental management decisions to the geographies of ordinary objects and particular places.  Below you can find the courses I offer on a regular basis.

My research asks how and why landscapes change.  To address these questions I use mixed methods, including social-scientific surveys, ecological surveys, interviews, focus groups, participant-observation, geospatial analysis (GPS, GIS, and remote sensing), and case study.  I am generally interested in land system science, political ecology, institutional development and analysis, resilience, and social dimensions of biological invasions.  Right now I am specifically interested in voluntary conservation by private landowners, environmental hazards posed by invasive species, and environmental impacts of cannabis agriculture.

My regional interests lie in the southwestern deserts and northeastern forests of the North American continent.  I also have a long-standing interest in Latin America, having lived and worked in Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Mexico. 

Since 2012 I have served happily (see above) as Faculty Manager of Ithaca College Natural Lands (ICNL).

Here's why I love what I do (4-minute bio).


IICC 100: Integration - Connecting the Disciplines (weekend workshop)

ICSM/HNRS 105: Globalization, the Environment, and You (Honors first-year seminar)

ENVS 120: Environmental Sentinels (local environmental knowledge through wilderness skills)

ENVS 220: Human-Environment Geography (space, place, scale, and globalism in human-environment interactions)

HNRS 230: Not-So-Natural Disasters (Honors short seminar)

ENVS 201/301/402: Environmental Research (independent projects)

ENVS 331: Topics in Geography and Planning – Land Use (field course)

ENVS 331: Topics in Geography and Planning – Water Use (field course)