WHAT I DO
My teaching covers the broad sweep of human-environment geography, from globalization to environmental management decisions made by individuals in particular places. My research focuses on how and why landscapes change. Specific themes include land use, nature conservation, biological invasions, vulnerability/resilience to social and environmental change, peri-urban fringe areas, deserts, and landscapes of northeastern North America. I use mixed methods, including social-scientific surveys, ecological surveys, interviews, focus groups, participant-observation, and geospatial analysis (GPS, GIS, and remote sensing). I have a long-standing interest in Latin America, having lived and worked in Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Mexico. Much of my work these days focuses on voluntary conservation on private land, including institutes of higher education. I have since 2012 served as Faculty Manager of Ithaca College Natural Lands (ICNL).
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ICSM 105: Globalization and You (first-year seminar)
ENVS 120: Environmental Sentinels
ENVS 220: Human-Environment Geography
HNRS 230: Not-So-Natural Disasters
ENVS 201/301: Environmental Research (introductory/intermediate)
ENVS 322: Environmental Research Methods
ENVS 331: Topics in Geography and Planning – Land Use and Management
ENVS 331: Topics in Geography and Planning – Water Use and Management
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Brenner, J. C., S. Lavallato, E. Hileman, I. Bidwell (2014) Gaps between Land Conservation Ideals and Practices: Preserving Rural Character by ‘Keeping Danby Danby’ Presentation at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA.
Heffron, S., J. C. Brenner, M. Crocco, C. McClure, D. J. Rutherford, M. Scholz, K. Somdahl-Sands, and K. Sparks. (2013) Improving Geography Education Research across the Different Elements of Geography. Research in Geographic Education 15 (2): 16–28.
Brenner, J. C., J. G. Hamilton, T. Drake, and J. Jordan. (2013) Building Local Environmental Knowledge in Undergraduates with Experiential Wilderness Skills and Awareness Training: The Case of Environmental Sentinels. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 3(4): 404–415.
Brenner, J. C., S. Lavallato, M. Cherry, and E. Hileman. (2013) Land Use Determines Interest in Conservation Easements among Private Landowners. Land Use Policy 35: 24-32.
Brenner, J. C. and L. L. Kanda. (2013) Land Disturbance Facilitates Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) Invasion from Pastures in Sonora, Mexico. Invasive Plant Science and Management 6(1): 187-195.
Brenner, J. C. and J. G. Davis. (2012) Transboundary Conservation across Scales: A World-Regional Inventory and a Local Case Study from the United States-Mexico Border. Journal of the Southwest 54(3): 499-520.
Brenner, J. C., Z. J. Christman, and J. Rogan. (2012) Segmentation of Landsat Thematic Mapper Imagery Improves Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) Pasture Mapping in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico. Applied Geography 34: 569-575.
Brenner, J. C. (2011) Pasture Conversion, Private Ranchers, and the Invasive Exotic Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) in Mexico’s Sonoran Desert. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(1): 84-106.
Brenner, J. C. (2010) What Drives the Conversion of Native Rangeland to Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) Pasture in Mexico’s Sonoran Desert?: The Social Dimensions of a Biological Invasion. Human Ecology 38(4): 495-505.
Brenner, J. C., S. Walker, and A. Olsson. (2010) Vulnerability and Biological Invasion at an Urban-Wildland Interface in Tucson, Arizona. Presentation at the Global Land Project Open Science Meeting, Tempe, AZ.