Jake Brenner

Jake Brenner

Associate 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, which focuses on a very diverse array of topics surrounding the so-called human-environment condition.  I help students in Environmental Studies and Sciences understand how the environmental problems they learn about in other disciplines have geographic dimensions.  Themes of space, place, scale, and globalism run throughout all my courses.  Regular offerings are listed below.  

My research asks how and why landscapes change.  To address these questions I use mixed methods from the social, biophysical, and geospatial sciences.  I am generally interested in land system science, political ecology, institutional development and analysis, adaptive management, and resilience.  I am specifically interested right now in voluntary conservation by private landowners, environmental hazards posed by invasive species, and environmental impacts of cannabis agriculture.

My current regional interests are in the southwestern deserts and northeastern forests of North America.  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 as Faculty Manager for 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-HNR 110: Globalization, Environment & You (Honors first-year seminar)

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

ENVS 220: Human-Environment Geography (theory followed by case studies)

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)