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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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Jantz Faculty ImageClaire A. Jantz

Assistant Professor
Office: 116 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1399
Email: cajant@ship.edu
Homepage: http://webspace.ship.edu/cajant/ 

Curriculum Vitae: download as pdf 

Education

Ph.D. (2005) Geography, University of Maryland
MA (2000) Geography, University of Maryland
BA (1997) College Scholars, University of Tennessee

Profile

I came to Shippensburg University in 2005, just after completing my PhD in Geography at the University of Maryland. My research interests include ecological effects of land use change (and landscape change in general), land use change modeling, spatial analysis and GIS, and urban geography. On a regular basis, I teach Geo 101: World Geography, Ess 108: Conservation of Natural Resources, Geo 244: Land Use, Geo 322: Urban Geography, and a graduate course in land use change science. I am also the internship coordinator for the Geography & Earth Science department.

I am an active researcher, and my primary area of focus has been on the use of maps derived from remote sensing, GIS analysis, and urban modeling to track and forecast urban growth. Much of this work has a regional focus in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, which has given me the opportunity to collaborate with hydrologists, water resource scientists and managers who are involved in Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. I work closely with scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center, where I worked for two years before coming to Shippensburg, and the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Recently I have expanded my research interests to Latin America, investigating nitrate mining in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile and Aymara village abandonment and landscape change in the Andes of northern Chile with Dr. Paul Marr. I have also collaborated with anthropologist Dr. Richard Jantz (my father) on the ecogeography of Native Americans. Finally, as a hobbyist beekeeper, I participate in HoneyBeeNet, a NASA project that uses data about honeybee activity as an ecological indicator of climate change.

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Urban geography and land use
  • Land cover/land use chage science
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis

Courses

  • GEO 101 World Geography
  • ESS 108 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Geo 244 Land Use
  • GEO 322 Urban Geography
  • Geo 533 Science of Land Use Change

Selected Publications

Jantz, C.A. (in press). The dynamic hinterland of New York City: the transition from farming to watershed protection in Delaware County, NY. Middle States Geographer. 

Duxbury, B and C.A. Jantz (in press). Urban revitalization and neighborhood dynamics in Harrisburg, PA, 2006-2011.

Ciavola, S.J., C.A. Jantz, J. Reilly, and G. Moglen (in press). Forecast changes in runoff quality and quantity in the DelMarVa peninsula. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 

Jantz, R.L., P.G. Marr, and C.A. Jantz (in press). Body proportions in recent Native Americans: Colonization history vs. ecogeographical patterns. In: Human Variation in the New World: a Meeting of Archaeology and Biological Anthropology. Edited by Benjamin M. Auerbach. Center for Archaeological Investigations Occasional Paper Series.

Jantz, C.A., S.J. Goetz, P. Claggett, and D. Donato (2010). Modeling regional patterns of urbanization in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 34: 1-16.

Goetz, S.J., Jantz, P.A., and Jantz, C.A. (2009). Connectivity of core habitat in the northeastern United States: parks and protected areas in a landscape context. Remote Sensing of Environment 113(7): 1421-1429.

Selected Presentations

Jantz, C.A. (2011). The dynamic hinterland of New York City: the transition from farming to watershed protection in Delaware County, NY. Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers annual meeting. November 11-12, 2011. Union, NJ.

Duxbury, B.  and C.A. Jantz (2011). Urban revitalization and neighborhood dynamics in Harrisburg, PA, 2006-2011. Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers annual meeting. November 11-12, 2011. Union, NJ.

Jantz, C.A., S.A. Drzyzga, C. Welty, M. Maret, G. Frederick, and B. Ritter (2011). Complexity in urban systems: the Baltimore metropolitan region as a laboratory for understanding coupled human and natural systems. Association of American Geographers annual meeting. April 12-16, 2011. Seattle, WA.

Drzyzga, S.A., C.A. 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. Association of American Geographers annual meeting. April 12-16, 2011. Seattle, WA. (poster presentation)

Maret, M, C.A. Jantz and S.A. Drzyzga (2011). Using the SLEUTH urban growth model to identify “drivers” of development in the Baltimore metropolitan region. Association of American Geographers annual meeting. April 12-16, 2011. Seattle, WA. (poster presentation)

Ritter, B. and C.A. Jantz (2011). Demographic and urban land use changes on the Delmarva Peninsula. Association of American Geographers annual meeting. April 12-16, 2011. Seattle, WA. (poster presentation)

Funded & Ongoing Projects

Yeo, I, M. Lang, C. Huang, and C.A. Jantz (2012-2015). Mapping and monitoring of wetland dynamics for improved resilience and delivery of ecosystem services in the Mid-Atlantic region. Submitted to NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) Land-Cover/Land-Use Change 2012 solicitation (NNH10ZDA001N-LCLUC). Total budget $749,849; SU budget $60,434.

Jantz, C.A. and Scott Drzyzga (2007-2012). Collaborative Research: Dynamic Coupling of the Water Cycle with Patterns of Urban Growth. Lead investigator: Claire Welty, University of Maryland Center for Urban Research and Education. NSF Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Dynamics of Coupled Natural-Human Systems. Total budget: $1,300,000; SU budget: $175,388.91

Community and Professional Service

  • Environmental Steering Committee. Shippensburg University. 2005 – present.
  • Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching – Campus Support, Shippensburg University, 2008 – present.
  • Departmental Professional Affairs Committee. Department of Geography-Earth Science. Shippensburg University. 2007-present.
  • Faculty advisor for the Environmental Club since 2006.
  • Faculty advisor for the Planning Student Organization since 2011.
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • The American Geographical Society (AGS)
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE)
  • American Planning Association (APA)