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Firooza Pavri

Affiliated Faculty, Professor of Geography, Program in Geography-Anthropology

Office Location

300 Bailey Hall, 37 College Avenue, USM Gorham Campus


(207) 780-5941

Academic Degrees

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


Firooza is a 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.  She is currently also the Chair of the Master's program in Policy, Planning, and Management at the Muskie School.


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
ANT/GEO 105: Society, Environment and Change
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 320/520: Conservation of Natural Resources
GEO 350: Geography of International Development

Select Grants

Collaborator, Mitchell Center, UMO, Engaging citizen scientists to evaluate the potential for water quality decline in Maine lakes: A social science-physical science collaboration for lake stewardship, 2015-16.

CoPI, NSF – Sustainability Solutions Initiative, Decision tools to support water resources sustainability of managed lake systems, 2009-2014.

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 sustainable 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

Aber, J., S. Aber and F. Pavri. Forthcoming 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. 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.