Firooza Pavri

Professor of Geography
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Office Location

300 Bailey Hall, 37 College Avenue, Gorham


(207) 780-5941

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Geography, Ohio State University
  • M.A., Geography and Planning, University of Toledo, Ohio
  • B.A., Geography, University of Bombay


Firooza Pavri serves as Director of the Muskie School of Public Service and is Professor of Geography at the University of Southern Maine. Prior to joining USM, she lived in the Midwest and received her M.A. in Geography & Planning at the University of Toledo and Ph.D. in Geography at the Ohio State University respectively.  She is originally from India and research and family take her back frequently. 

Firooza’s teaching and research is in the area of environmental geography, with a focus on society-environment interactions, natural resource conservation & policy, sustainable development, and geospatial technologies, including satellite imaging. More recently, her work has focused on sub-Arctic and Arctic environments in Iceland and Greenland. In Iceland, she uses satellite data to monitor changes to the Hofsjökull icecap in the central highlands over the past twenty-five years.  She also works as part of an interdisciplinary team focused on the Kujataa UNESCO World Heritage site and its surrounding in south Greenland. Her work in Greenland is focused on understanding shifting land cover and vegetation patterns using satellite data from the past three decades.  Firooza’s research has been supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation, among others. She is co-author of two books, articles, and reports in her areas of expertise.

Courses Taught

ANT/GEO 105: Society, Environment and Change
GEO 103: Human-Environmental Geography
GEO 104: World Regional Geography
GEO 209: Land Use Planning
GEO 285: Global Environmental Issues & Sustainability
GEO 305/605: Remote Sensing
GEO 308/608: GIS Applications I
GEO 320/520: Conservation of Natural Resources
GEO 350: Geography of International Development.

Recent Publications

  • Aber, J., S. Aber and F. Pavri. 2015. Windscapes: A Global Perspective on Wind Power. Multi-Science Publishers: Essex, UK, p. 242.

  • Aber, J., F. Pavri, and S. Aber.  2012.  Wetland Environments: A Global Perspective.  Wiley-Blackwell, p. 437.

  • Pavri, F. 2016. Stakeholder perceptions and attitudes in freshwater resources management: Lessons from survey data on environmental conditions at Sebago Lake, Maine. Northeastern Geographer, V 8: 55-70.

  • Pavri, F., A. Springsteen, A. Dailey and J. MacRae. 2013. Land use and socioeconomic influences on a vulnerable freshwater resource in northern New England, United States.  Environment, Development and Sustainability, V 15 (3), 625-643.  

  • Pavri, F., A. Dailey and V. Valentine. 2011.  Integrating multispectral ASTER and LiDAR data to characterize coastal wetland landscapes in the northeastern United States.  Geocarto International (special issue on Remote Sensing of Coastal System Dynamics), V26 (8): 647-661.

  • Pavri, F. 2011. Institutional contexts, forest resources, and local communities in western India: a gendered analysis.  Journal of Resources, Energy and Development (special issue on Forests of South Asia), V8 (2): 101-112.

  • Pavri, F. 2010.  Urban expansion and sea-level rise related flood vulnerability for Mumbai (Bombay) India using remotely sensed data, in Geospatial Techniques in Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis, edited by P. Showalter and Y. Lu, Springer-Verlag