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James Kernan

Associate Professor of Geography & Sustainability Studies Coordinator
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Jim Kernan has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2005.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D: West Virginia University

  • M.S.: Shippensburg University

  • B.S.: Mansfield University


  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)

  • Association for Fire Ecology (AFE)

  • Geographic Information Systems Specialty Interest Group (GIS/SIG)

  • Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR)


  • Biogeography
  • GIS
  • wildfire
  • forest ecosystem
  • biodiversity


  • SUST 124: Sustainability & Envir Issues

    This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to sustainability and environmental problems. It examines the impact of human activity on the environment through the lens of sustainability, which recognizes that to meet the present and future needs of people and the biosphere, environmental problems and their solutions must be socially equitable and economically feasible. The course evaluates sustainable solutions to major environmental issues related to food, water, energy, biodiversity, pollution and climate, among others.

  • SUST 366: Sustainability & Environment

    This course focuses on sustainable resource use and environmental stewardship in Western New York. Students will explore the themes of indigenous people and land U.S. history, ecosystems, water resources, food and agriculture, water resources, waste management, and renewable energy. Students will participate in a variety of learning activities including field site visits, seminar discussions, and individual research.