Muskie School of Public Service

Firooza Pavri

Director of the Muskie School of Public Service; Professor of Geography

Office Location

117a Wishcamper Center 34 Bedford St Portland, Maine


(207) 780-5941

Academic Degrees

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


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

Firooza teaches and conducts research in the area of environmental geography, with a focus on society-environment interactions, natural resource conservation & policy, sustainable development, and geospatial technologies, including remote sensing.  Her research uses satellite imaging and other geospatial tools and techniques to monitor landscape changes across wetland, freshwater, urban, and forested ecosystems, both in the United States and India.  More recently her research has explored the socio-economic, environmental and policy issues related to sustainable wind energy production.  She is currently collaborating with researchers from the University of Maine to assess the vulnerability of Maine lakes to water quality decline.  Her part in this project considers role of lake associations and stakeholders in data collection, monitoring and conservation management vis-à-vis lake stewardship.

Firooza has taught courses including EYE 102: Sustainability, Culture, Environment, 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: Geographic Information Systems Applications I, GEO 320/520: Conservation of Natural Resources, GEO 350: Geography of International Development.

Select Grants

  • Collaborator, NSF EAGER - Environmental Engineering, Evaluating potential for lake water quality decline by partnering with citizen scientists, 2017-18.
  • Collaborator, Mitchell Center, University Of Maine, Engaging citizen scientists to evaluate the potential for water quality decline in Maine lakes: A social science-physical science collaboration for lake stewardship, 2015-17.
  • CoPI, NSF, Sustainability Solutions Initiative: Decision tools to support water resources sustainability of managed lake systems, 2009-14.

Recent Publications

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.

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

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.  

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

Pavri, F., A. Dailey and V. Valentine. 2011.  Integrating multispectral ASTER and LiDAR data to characterize coastal wetland landscapes in the northeastern United StatesGeocarto 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