Highlights & Reminders

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Winter & Spring Field Courses

Get ready for the best classes you could take this academic year. Geo 450 and GEO 190: Regional Geography-Geology Field Studies in Curacao, Winter-Spring 2015! Contact Dr. Cornell or Dr. Jantz for more information, but click here to put your name on the interest sign-up list.

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Geography & Earth Science Department
104 Shearer Hall
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: 717-477-1685
Fax: 717-477-4029
Email: geog@ship.edu

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drzyzga Faculty ImageScott Drzyzga

Associate Professor
Office: 208 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1307
Email: sadrzy@ship.edu
Homepage: http://webspace.ship.edu/sadrzy/


PhD, (2007) Geography, Michigan State University
MA, (2000) Geography, Michigan State University
BA, (1992) Geography, State University of New York at Geneseo


I am a Geographer. I teach Geography because I believe geographic literacy helps people (and governments) to ask important questions about the relationships between our human and natural systems, to think about other peoples and places from alternate perspectives, and to understand the global economy that operates around us.  I employ a narrow-and-deep approach in my teaching, which means I prefer to engage key concepts and think critically about the complex ways they permeate our lives.

I also do research. My research foci are currently following two major threads: First, I am working with others (at UMBC, Princeton U, USGS, Colorado School of Mines) to develop a fully-coupled model that describes the water cycle and urban growth in the Baltimore Metropolitan region.  Second, and when time permits, I work to map the phases of glacial Lake Algonquin - a sequence of very large lakes that existed 11,000 years ago in the Upper Great Lakes region. I often use geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and a variety of geocomputational environments to support my research.

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Geographic Information Science & Technology
  • The United States & Canada - particularly the Great Lakes region
  • Economic and retail geography
  • Mapping glacial Lake Algonquin


  • GEO103: Geography of the US & Canada
  • GEO202: GIS I
  • GEO363: GIS II
  • GEO420: GIS III
  • GEO440:Field Techniques
  • GEO517: Applied GIS

Selected Publications

Marr PG, Drzyzga SA, Pomeroy GP, and Biles, J (2008) Economic and Transportation Impact of Warehousing on Rural Pennsylvania.  The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, 24 pp.

Drzyzga SA (2007). Relict shoreline features at Cockburn Island, Ontario. Journal of Paleolimnology: 37(3).

Walker R, Drzyzga SA, Li Y, Qi J, and Caldas M (2004) A behavioral model of landscape change in the Amazon Basin. Ecological Applications 14(4) Supplement: 299-312.

Schaetzl RJ, Drzyzga SA, Weisenborn BN, Kincare KA, Lepczyk XD, Shein KA, Dowd CM, and Linker JS (2002). Correlation and mapping of Lake Algonquin shorelines in Michigan. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 92(3): 399-415.

Drzyzga SA, Shortridge A, and Schaetzl RJ (2002). Revealing uncertainty in maps of Glacial Lake Algonquin. In Richardson D and van Oosterom P (Eds) Advances in Spatial Data Handling. Berlin, Springer-Verlag pp. 377-390.

Drzyzga SA and Brown DG (2002). Spatial and temporal dynamics of ownership parcels and forest cover in three counties of Northern Lower Michigan, U.S.A., ca. 1970 to 1990. In Walsh SJ and Crews-Meyer KA (Eds) Linking People, Place, and Policy: A GIScience Approach. Boston, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Brown DG, Duh JD, and Drzyzga SA (2000). Estimating error in an analysis of forest fragmentation change using North American Landscape Characterization (NALC) data. Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 71(1): 106-117.

Selected Presentations

Drzyzga SA, Jantz CA and Welty C (2009) Urban growth and water supply in the Baltimore, MD metropolitan region.  Paper presented at the United States Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology 2009 Annual Meeting at Snowbird, UT.

Drzyzga SA and Jantz CA (2009) Urban growth and water supply in the Baltimore, MD metropolitan region.  Illustrated paper presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, NV.

Drzyzga SA (2008) Glacial Lake Algonquin shorelines in eastern Upper Michigan and nearby Ontario.  Poster presented at American Quaternary Association 2008 Biennial Meeting, State College, PA.

Drzyzga SA (2008) Panel on Geospatial Education (participant).  2008 Pennsylvania Geographic Information Systems Conference, Camp Hill, PA.

Drzyzga SA and Marr PG (2008) Warehousing and truck transportation in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Paper presented at 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA.

Drzyzga SA (2006) Re-evaluating Lake Algonquin shorelines in eastern Upper Michigan and nearby Ontario.  Paper presented at 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL.

Drzyzga SA and Shortridge A (2005) Landscape in a bottle: the stream table in GIS and mapping science courses.  Paper presented at 2005 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, CO.

Drzyzga SA (2004) An iterative process of mapping and modeling Lake Algonquin water planes. Paper presented at International Association for Great Lakes Research 2004 Annual Meeting, Waterloo, ONT.

Funded & Ongoing Projects

Dynamic Coupling of the Water Cycle with Patterns of Urban Growth.  Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Biocomplexity of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program.  Working with C Welty, A Miller, B Hanlon and MP McGuire [University of Maryland Baltimore County], J Smith and ML Baeck [Princeton University], CA Jantz [Shippensburg University], R Maxwell [Colorado School of Mines] and E Doheny [United State Geological Survey].

Community and Professional Service

  • Advisory board member for the Center for Land Use at Shippensburg University
  • Advisory board member for the Geospatial Information Systems programs at the William F. Goodling Advanced Skills Center (ACS)
  • Member of the Association of American Geographers
  • Member of the International Association for Landscape Ecology
  • Member of the PASSHE GIS Consortium
  • Member of the SU General Education Coordinating Committee; Chair of the Category D Assessment Subcommittee.