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 Center for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850

When I teach geography, I get students ready for life in a rapidly changing world. Themes of globalism, space, place, and scale are prevalent in all my courses.  

In research, my students and I ask how and why landscapes change.  We use methods from the social, biophysical, and geospatial sciences to address questions about land systems, political ecology, institutions, resilience, and adaptive management.  Recent projects focus on voluntary conservation by private landowners, environmental hazards posed by invasive species, and environmental impacts of cannabis agriculture

Regions of interest include the southwestern deserts and northeastern forests of North America.  I also have long-standing interests in Latin America, having lived and worked in Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Mexico. 

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

Regular Course Offerings:

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

ICSM-HNR 110: Globalization, Environment & You (Honors seminar) (online ready)

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

ENVS 220: Human-Environment Geography (theory and case studies) (online ready)

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

ENVS 260: Trees in Environment & Society (object-based case study) (online ready)

ENVS 331: Topics in Geography & Planning – Land Resources (field course) (online ready)

ENVS 331: Topics in Geography & Planning – Water Resources (field course) (online ready)