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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 quality 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. 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - Land Use (pdf.) 

Advising & Registration

Advising in GEOG is a two-step process.   

  1. Complete your Faculty Mentor sheet and meet with your assigned faculty advisor (contact information below). He/She will be available to you to discuss professional development and career interests, and can answer questions about the field of Land Use: coursework you might take, academic opportunities to explore, career directions to consider. You should also consult with him/her if you are looking for an internship or independent study. You will be required to meet with your faculty mentor each semester PRIOR to having your mandatory advising block lifted by Dr. Hoffman-Hall
  2. Meet with Dr. Amanda Hoffman-Hall to have your advising block removed. She will work with you during scheduling and registration.  She will make sure you stay on track to complete your ENSP major requirements. You’ll need to meet with Dr. Hoffman-Hall each semester before you will be able to register for courses so he can remove your mandatory advising block.  She can help with questions about administrative issues such as registration and general university policies and resources.  Begin this process at least 2 weeks early to be sure you can register on time. 
Hall

Dr. Amanda Hoffman-Hall
1149B LeFrak Hall 

301-405-4073

Email: ahall2 [at] umd.edu

Land Use Faculty Mentors:

              justice

Dr. Chris Justice (cjustice@umd.edu)

Please contact his assistant, Mary Mitkish (mmitkish@umd.edu), or call 301-405-1600. Suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so she can e-mail back to confirm one of them.  

 

Silva

Dr. Julie Silva (jasilva@umd.edu).

For appointments:  Please e-mail Dr. Silva at and suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so she can e-mail back to confirm one of them

Skakun

Dr. Sergii Skakun (skakun@umd.edu)

For appointments:  Please e-mail Dr. Skakun at and suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so he can e-mail back to confirm one of them

Feng

Dr. Kuishuang Feng (kfeng@umd.edu)

For appointments:  Please e-mail Dr. Feng at and suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so he can e-mail back to confirm one of them