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Land Use

Land Use  

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. 

This concentration is sponsored by the Department of Geographical Sciences within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - Land Use (pdf.) 

Advising & Registration

Meet with Ms. Allison Bredder 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 her each semester before you will be able to register for courses so she 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. 

bredder

Ms. Allison Bredder
1149B LeFrak Hall 

301-405-4073

Email: bredder@umd.edu

Land Use Faculty Mentors:

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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