Scott Drzyzga, Ph.D., GISP

Office: 208 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1307


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


Professional geographer and map nerd | Outdoor enthusiast | Remote Pilot

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS, GPS, GNSS, sUAS, etc.)
  • The United States & Canada
  • Economic geography (land use change, demography, migration)
  • and Glacial Lake Algonquin


  • GIS I,  GIS 2,  GIS 3,  and  Applied GIS
  • Field Techniques in Geography
  • Geography of the US & Canada
  • Globalization in the Caribbean

Funded projects for the Center for Land Use & Sustainability

Jantz CA (Science PI), SA Drzyzga, J O’Neil-Dunne, and P Claggett.  Land Cover Mapping, Modeling and Monitoring System for the Delaware River Basin, Funding provided by the William Penn Foundation.  $1 million budget, two years.

Jantz CA and SA Drzyzga.  Collaborative Research: Dynamic Coupling of the Water Cycle with Patterns of Urban Growth.  Funding provided by the National Science Foundation Dynamics of Coupled Natural-Human Systems program.  Claire Welty (Science PI), of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, coordinated all work.  $1.4 million budget, five years.

Marr PG (Science PI), G Pomeroy and SA Drzyzga.  Economic and Transportation Impacts of Warehousing on Rural Pennsylvania.  Funding provided by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the Center for Land Use at Shippensburg University.  $61,605 (CRPa, $40,625; CLU, $20,980) budget, one year.

Recent publications

Blewett, WL, DP Lusch, RJ Schaetzl, and SA Drzyzga (2018). A century of change in the methods, data, and approaches to mapping glacial deposits in Michigan, in Kehew, A.E., and Curry, B.B., eds., Quaternary Glaciation of the Great Lakes Region: Process, Landforms, Sediments, and Chronology: Geological Society of America Special Paper 530, p. 39–67, doi:10.1130/2018.2530(03).

Bhaskar, AS, C Jantz, C Welty, SA Drzyzga and AJ Miller (2016). Coupling of the Water Cycle with Patterns of Urban Growth in the Baltimore Metropolitan Region, United States. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 52(6): 1509-1523.

Jantz CJ, SA Drzyzga, and M Maret (2014) Calibrating and validating a simulation model to identify drivers of urban land cover change in the Baltimore, MD metropolitan region, Land, Special issue: Land Change Modeling - Connecting to the Bigger Picture, 3(3): 1158-1179. [doi: 10.3390/land3031158]

Blewett WL, SA Drzyzga, L Sherrod, and H Wang (2014) Geomorphic relations among Glacial Lake Algonquin and the Munising and Grand Marais moraines in Eastern Upper Michigan, USA.  Geomorphology.  [doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.05.009].

Drzyzga, SA, A Shortridge, and RJ Schaetzl (2012) Mapping the Phases of Glacial Lake Algonquin in the upper Great Lakes region, Canada and USA, using a Geostatistical Isostatic Rebound Model.  Journal of Paleolimnology, Special issue: Holocene water levels and paleo-hydrology of the Laurentian Great Lakes, 47(3):357-371.  [doi:10.1007/s10933-011-9550-9]

McConnell WJ, JDA Millington, NJ Reo, M Alberti, H Asbjornsen, LA Baker, N Brozovic, LE Drinkwater, SA Drzyzga, J Fragoso, DS Holland, CA Jantz, TA Kohler, HDG Maschner, M Monticino, G Podesta, RG Pontius Jr., CL Redman, D Sailor, G Urquhart and J Liu  (2011) Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS): Approach, Challenges and Strategies.  Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 92(2):218-228. [doi:10.1890/0012-9623-92.2.218]

Recent presentations (* indicates a student co-author)

C. Jantz, SA Drzyzga, P. Claggett, A. Yáñez Morillo, A. Price, J. Barth*, D. Minnick, C. Lucas* (2017) “DRB 2070: "Lessons learned from basin-wide land use change forecasting” Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Baltimore, MD.

Drzyzga, SA, WL Blewett, L Sherrod, and H Wang (2015) “Correlation of Relict Shoreline Features along Northern Michigan's Munising and Grand Marais Moraines with Glacial Lake Algonquin Water Planes” Poster presented at the Association of American Geographers 2015 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Drzyzga, SA, Jackson S, Moyer S, Pal A, Sarvis A (2014) “Reconciling Business-Driven GIS Curriculum Improvements – A Panel Discussion” Panel participants at the 2014 PA GIS Conference, State College, PA.

Drzyzga, SA (2013) “Using Boots on the Ground & Data in the Cloud to Motivate Student Learning” Paper presented at the 24th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Drzyzga SA and PG Marr (2012) "Transportation and Warehousing in the Mid-Atlantic region: Before and after the Great Recession."  Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers 2012 Annual Meeting at New York, NY.

Drzyzga SA, CA Jantz, C Welty, M Maret*, G Frederick* and B Ritter* (2011) "The space-time evolution of commuter flows in the Baltimore Metropolitan Region (1970-2010) and the need to model land use change as a function of competitiveness." Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers 2011 Annual Meeting at Seattle, WA.

Community and professional service

  • Pennsylvania State Geospatial Coordinating Board, member representing the PASSHE GIS Consortium
  • Center for Land Use & Sustainability, GIScience Director
  • PASSHE GIS Consortium, past president
  • Dover (PA) Area High School GIS program, advisory board member 
  • SU General Education Council, co-author of the university's new General Education and First Year Experience programs.
  • Member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the Association of American Geographers, the International Association for Landscape Ecology, and the Pennsylvania Geographical Society.