Land Use

Land Use (GEOG)

map"Land" is where "soil" and "people" meet; and there are often competing demands for land, for example, agriculture, forestry, rangeland, conservation, settlement, and recreation. Demographic and socioeconomic changes, the increasing needs for food and housing and changes in national policies are resulting in extensive and intensive land use changes.  Land use change has implications for biodiversity, water quality, air qualitiy and human livelihoods.  Further, while much land use change takes place locally, its implications can be regional and global, for example land use change plays an important role in global biogeochemical cycling. For all these reasons, the study of land use is becoming increasingly important and requires a multidisciplinary approach. This concentration provides students with a background in the ecological, cultural, regional, and international dimensions of land use, while developing broad technical skills in Geographic Information Science and remote sensing. As a result, this concentration prepares students for positions in land use planning, sustainable land development, and land conservation. 


Advising & Registration

Advising in GEOG is a two-step process.   

  1. Confirm your advisor assignment below, complete the Faculty advising sheet, and see your advisor.  
  2. Meet with Dr. Luna (2181M LEF) to have your advising block removed.  Begin this process at least 2 weeks early to be sure you can register on time! 
              Dr. Chris Justice

Dr. Chris Justice (cjustice[at]

Please contact his assistant, Mary Mitkish, or call 301-405-1600. 

Have 2-3 different days / times you are available, so Mary can schedule you easily.  

Please come to his office with a completed Faculty Advising sheet AND your ENSP advising checklist.