Muskie School of Public Service

Firooza Pavri Ph.D.

Associate Dean 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 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.

Recent Publications

Pavri, F. and D. Farrell. 2020. Arctic landscape transitions: Ice cap and terrestrial margins across Hofsjökull, Iceland. Physical Geography, DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2020.1839212.

Pavri, F. and T. Lynch. 2020. The changing landscape of Maine's Presumpscot watershed. In R.M. Sanford and W.S. Plumley (Eds.), River Voices: Perspectives on the Presumpscot. North Country Press.

Pavri, F., and L. Silka. 2020. Guest Editor for Maine Policy Review: Maine’s Bicentennial, V29(2).