Neil Brown

Visiting Assitant Professor
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Center for Environmental Research and Education

Fisher 339E
Phone: 412-396-4094


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
M.S., Tuskegee University, 2003
B.S., Tuskegee University, 2001

Dr. Neil Brown teaches introductory Environmental Science courses in the department as well as Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture, and Environmental Policy.

Dr. Brown joined the CERE faculty in 2021. He previously and continues to direct community engagement and education efforts at UrbanKind Institute, a think-and-do tank advancing policies, practices, and programs focused on urban communities and their relationship with their built and natural environment. Through UrbanKind Institute, he is actively involved in initiatives such as the Equitable and Just Greater Pittsburgh (EJGP) and The Black Environmental Collective. EJGP is an initiative to promote and secure equity, justice, and transformational change in and around the Greater Pittsburgh region. The Black Environmental Collective is a group of scholars, community members, and government employees focused on empowering people of the African diaspora to better understand and act on natural and man-made environmental risks, threats, and hazards that impact safety, property, and human health.

Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2017, Dr. Brown held a joint Assistant Professor position at Penn State University between the Department of Geography and the Office of Global Programs. In his role at Penn State, Dr. Brown directed educational and research experiences in South Africa and Jamaica focused on the relationships between communities and their natural environment and efforts to advance sustainability. These experiences created opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students from various disciplinary and cultural backgrounds to collaborate on environmentally focused projects.