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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

Phone

(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.

Profile

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.

Education

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

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.

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. 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