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Dr. Philip Reeder's research and areas of expertise focus on environmental change, paleo-climate and landscape evolution; environmental education, sustainability and the human role in environmental change; and paleo-environments, geoarchaeology and cultural landscape evolution.

During his career, Dr. Reeder has garnered grant funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Geographic Society, among others. His fieldwork and research have been conducted around the world, including sites at Jeju Island in South Korea, Mary's Well in Nazareth, the Cave of Letters in the Judean Desert and the Northern Vaca Plateau in Belize.

Prior to joining the Bayer School as Dean, Dr. Reeder served as Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, Geography Department, at the University of Southern Florida. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Waikato in New Zealand and Valdosta State University. In 1994, Reeder served as a prestigious Fulbright Scholar in Peru, where he led workshops about the environment for Peruvian educators and conducted environmental contamination and geoarchaeological research.

Dr. Reeder's work has appeared in the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, Focus on Geography, Professional Geographer and Geoarchaeology and Karst: A New Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his master's degree in Geography from Western Kentucky University, and his bachelor's degree in Earth Science from Frostburg State University.


Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.S., Geography, Western Kentucky University
B.S., Earth Science, Frostburg State University (Maryland)

Research Interests, Publications & Professional Experience

Research Interests

Water Resources
Karst Studies
Environmental Science & Policy
Resource Management
Environmental Contamination
Middle East (Israel)
Latin America (Belize)
Southeast Asia (Philippines)

Selected Published Work

2011: Grant Harley, Jason Polk, Leslie North and Philip Reeder, Application of a Cave Inventory System to Stimulate Development of Management Strategies: The Case of West-Central Florida, USA. Journal of Environmental Management. Volume 92, pp. 2547-2557. (Impact Factor = 2.76 in 2011)

2009: Grant Harley, Philip Reeder, Jason Polk and Philip van Beynen, Developing a GIS-Based
Inventory for the Implementation of Management Protocols in the Withlacoochee State Forest,
Florida. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. Volume 72, No. 1, pp. 35-42. (Impact Factor = 1.37 in 2009)

2009: Mustafa, D. and Reeder, P., "People is all that is left to privatize": Water supply privatization, vulnerability and social justice in Belize City, Belize. The Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Volume 33, No. 3, pp. 789-808. (Impact Factor = 1.43 in 2009)

2008: Pierre R. Colas, Ulrich Wölfel, Philip P. Reeder, Katja C. Stengert, and James Webster,
Sites and Sinkholes: Archaeological Investigations of Terminal Classic Maya Society on the
Northern Vaca Plateau, Belize. Mexicon, Volume 30, No. 6, pp. 126-135.

2007: James W. Webster , George A. Brook, L. Bruce Railsback, Hai Cheng, R. Lawrence Edwards, Clark Alexander, and Philip Reeder, Stalagmite Evidence from Belize indicating significant droughts at the time of Preclassic Abandonment, the Maya Hiatus, and the Classic Maya Collapse, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Volume 250: pp. 1 - 17. (Impact Factor = 2.646 in 2009)

2007: Polk, J., van Beynen, P. and Reeder, P., Late Holocene Environmental Reconstruction Using Cave Sediments from Belize, Quaternary Research. Elsevier Publishing. Volume 68, pp. 53-63. (Impact Factor = 2.457 in 2009

2006: with Jol, H., Water Resource Utilization at the Qumran Archaeological Site, Israel, Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, Vol. 29, pp. 224-234.

2005: Bauman, P., Parker, D., Goren, A., Freund, R. and Reeder, P., Archaeological Reconnaissance at Tel Yavne, Israel: 2-D Electrical Imaging and Low Altitude Aerial Photography, Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysics (CSEG) Recorder, Vol. 30, No. 6, pp. 29-33. (Impact Factor = 1.662 in 2009)

2004: with Jol, H., Freund, R. and Savage, C., Geoarchaeology of the Qumran Archaeological Site, Israel, Focus on Geography, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 12-19.

2003: Physical and Cultural Landscapes on the Northern Vaca Plateau, Belize. Journal of Belizean Affairs. Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 5-30.

2003: with Shapiro, Lauren, Lead Contamination of Soils in Belize City, Belize, Central America. Journal of Environmental Studies and Health - Part A, Volume A38, No. 12, pp. 2785-2805. (Impact Factor = 1.363 in 2009)

2003: with Colas, P. and Webster, J., Vessel with a Primary Standard Sequence in Archaeological Context in a Cave on the Northern Vaca Plateau, Belize. WAYEB Notes. Volume 7, pp. 1-4.

CD-ROM Chapters
2013: Environmental Degradation and Deforestation in Bohol, the Philippines. The ARGUS CD, Association of American Geographers. (in production)
2013: Ecotourism in Belize. The ARGUS CD, Association of American Geographers. (in production)

Book Chapters and Editorships
2012: Refuge on the Dead Sea: New Discoveries in the Cave of Letters. Edited by Reeder, P., Jol, H. and Freund, R., Elsevier Publishers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (book contract signed; estimated publication date December 2013)

2012: Mapping the Cave of Letters, Israel. Part of a Book, "Refuge on the Dead Sea: New Discoveries in the Cave of Letters." Edited by Reeder, P., Jol, H. and Freund, R., Elsevier Publishers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (book contract signed; estimated publication date December 2013)

2012: Micro-Climatic Studies in the Cave of Letters, Isreal. Part of a Book, "Refuge on the Dead Sea: New Discoveries in the Cave of Letters.". Edited by Jol, H., Reeder, P. and Freund, R., Elsevier Publishers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (book contract signed; estimated publication date December 2013)

2011: Geoarchaeology and Karst: A New Perspective. Edited by Philip van Beynen, Springer Publishers, London, pp. 169-200.

2009: with Jol, H. and Shroder, J., El Araj as Bethsaida: Spatial and Temporal Improbabilities, Volume 4. Truman University Press, pp. 293-309.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY, BAYER SCHOOL OF NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, Pittsburgh, PA (July 2013 to Present), Dean and Professor. Chief administrative officer for the Bayer School which consists of seven undergraduate degree programs (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science and Law, and Physics), two graduate certificate programs (Environmental Management and Environmental Science), five Master's Programs (Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Management, and Forensic Science and Law) and two doctoral programs (Biology and Chemistry).

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, AND PLANNING, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY PROGRAM, Tampa, Florida (August 2003 to June 2013), Tenured Senior-Level Associate Professor, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses including Introduction to Physical Geography, Process Geomorphology, Soils Geography, Hydrology, Water Resources, Research Methods, Doctoral Dissertation Preparation, and Caves and Karst. Chair of the Environmental Science and Policy Division (since August 2006); Director of the Environmental Policy and Management Graduate Certificate Program (since August 2006); Director of the Geography Master of Arts Program (from August 2004 to August 2007); Director of the Geography and Environmental Science and Policy Doctoral Program (From October 2004 to August 2007).

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND EARTH SCIENCE, La Crosse, Wisconsin (August 2002 to May 2003), Associate Professor of Geography teaching the courses Introduction to Earth Science (ESC 101), Soil Genesis and Morphology (GEO 426), and ESC/GEO 222 Landforms: Process and Regions.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY, Omaha, Nebraska, (August 1994 to May 2002), Tenured (granted in August 1999) Associate Professor of Geography, and Geography Graduate and Undergraduate Program Chair, teaching courses in Introductory Physical Geography, upper level and graduate courses in Water Resources, Soils, Geoarchaeology, and Caves and Karst. Geography Graduate Program Chair (From August 1998 to May 2002) and Geography Undergraduate Program Director (From August 2001 to May 2002).

THE UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, Hamilton, New Zealand, (April 1996 to August 1996), Visiting Professor, Taught a portion of the course The Human Geography of Natural Hazards, presented a lecture in the department seminar series, presented a guest lecture in the course Environmental Impact Assessment, and an invited presentation to the Geographical Society of New Zealand-Waikato Chapter.

VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY AND GEOLOGY, Valdosta, Georgia, (August 1992 to June 1994), Assistant Professor of Geography, taught 15 hours per quarter in introductory Physical Geography, Physical Geology, and upper level courses in the Physiography of North America, and Weather and Climate.