Keynote Speaker

Dr. Claire A. Jantz



Dr. Claire A. Jantz is a Professor in the Geography-Earth Science Department and Director of the Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) at Shippensburg University. While earning her PhD in geography from the University of Maryland, Dr. Jantz worked as a full-time research associate at the Woods Hole Research Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  In 2005 she joined the faculty at Shippensburg University, and in 2015 became Director of the CLUS. 

Dr. Jantz has spent nearly 20 years engaged in the interdisciplinary field of land use science and is recognized as a leader in land use and ecosystem change modeling.  Under her leadership, the CLUS has become a widely respected applied research center that provides science to support sustainable land use decisions at local and regional scales.  Central to the work of the CLUS is engaging students - as the next generation of productive citizens - in meaningful work that highlights the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary sustainability challenges.