Geography & Environmental Studies Faculty

Judith Otto

Associate Professor and Chair

Office: Hemenway 346A
Phone Number: 508-626-4770
Email: jotto@framingham.edu

Education:
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
M.L.A. Harvard University
B.A. Williams College

Research Interests:
Dr. Otto's research focuses on transitions to capitalism and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe; the spatial dimensions of economic sector growth and change; place marketing and promotion; metropolitan governance; and urban sustainability.

Courses Taught:
GEOG 101 Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
GEOG 165 Global Cities
GEOG 201 Economic Geography
GEOG 252 Geography of Europe
GEOG 253 Geography of Russia and the Former Soviet Republics
GEOG 291 Western Regional Geography: Field Study
GEOG 339 Methods for Planning Analysis and Plan Making
GEOG 368 Community Development

George Bentley

Assistant Professor

Office: Hemenway 346D
Phone Number: 508-215-5857
Email: gbentley@framingham.edu

Education:
Ph.D. (2013) University of Connecticut
M.A. (2010) University of Connecticut
B.A. (2008) University of Connecticut

Research Interests:
Dr. Bentley's research interests include built environment transitions in post-industrial cities, urban analysis and geographic information systems, environmental-economic geography, and public health.

Courses Taught:
GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
GEOG 201 Economic Geography
GEOG 214 Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

Robert Donnell

Visiting Lecturer

Office: Hemenway 346C
Phone Number: 508-620-1220, x 4243
Email: rdonnell@framingham.edu

Education:
Ph.D. Syracuse University
M.A. Clark University
B.A. Boston University

Research Interests:
Dr. Donnell specializes in urban geography, city planning, and environmental hazards.

Courses Taught:
GEOG 230 Geography of Natural and Man-Made Hazards
GEOG 250 Geography of the United States and Canada
GEOG 251 Geography of New England

Carl Hakansson

Professor

Office: Hemenway 344
Phone Number: 508-626-4772
Email: chakansson@framingham.edu

Education:
J.D. New England School of Law
B.S. Biology, Framingham State College

Courses Taught:
GEOG 135 Introduction to Environmental Studies
GEOG 180 Native Americans; A Geographical and Legal Perspective
GEOG 235 Environmental Law and Policy
GEOG 240 Municipal Land Use
GEOG 375 Resource Management

David Merwin

Professor

Office: Hemenway 342
Phone Number: 508-626-4771
Email: dmerwin@framingham.edu

Education:
Ph.D. (2004) University of Connecticut
M.A. (2000) University of Connecticut
B.A. (1995) University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests:
Dr. Merwin's research interests include geographic information systems, spatial data analysis, artificial neural networks, geospatial visualization, and remote sensing.

Courses Taught:
GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
GEOG 214 Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
GEOG 316 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 328 Introduction to Remote Sensing