Firooza Pavri

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Geography
Firooza Pavri


300 Bailey Hall, 37 College Avenue Gorham, Maine

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5321

Firooza is Associate Professor of Geography and joined USM in 2004.  Prior to joining USM, Firooza 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 there frequently.


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

Courses Taught at USM

EYE 102J/I: Sustainability, Culture, Environment
GEO 103J: Human-Environmental Geography
GEO 104J: 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: Conservation of Natural Resources
GEO 350: Geography of International Development

Select Grants

CoPI, NSF – Sustainability Solutions Initiative, Decision tools to support water resources sustainability of managed lake systems, 2009-current.

PI, NASA, Geospatial technology Learning Collaboratory: Disseminating NASA’s imaging technology and knowhow to middle and high school STEM & social studies teachers, 2013-14

PI, NASA, Developing distance courses in remote sensing to enhance Maine’s capacity in NASA’s space-based imaging technologies, 2009-10.

PI, NASA, Characterizing Maine's coastal wetlands using field data and NASA's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), 2008-09.

Research Interests

Firooza teaches and does 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 and GIS.  Her research uses remote sensing and other geospatial tools and techniques to monitor landscape changes across wetland, freshwater, urban, and forested ecosystems, both in the United States and India.  Of recent, she has also been researching some of the socio-economic, environmental and policy issues related to wind energy production.  NASA support has enabled Firooza to collaborate with Geography-Anthropology students through fellowships, research assistantships, and summer internships at NASA Centers.

Recent Publications

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. and T. Lynch. 2011. Assessing land use and riparian buffers along Maine’s Presumpscot watershed using Landsat Thematic Mapper.  Northeastern Geographer, V3: 22-34.

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.

Pavri, F. and V. Valentine. 2009.  Characterizing Maine’s coastal wetlands using field data and NASA’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER).  Final Report for NASA MSGC.

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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