Jake Brenner

Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies and Science

Jake on the Gorge Trail

School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Office: Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) | Room 258
Email: jbrenner@ithaca.edu
Specialty: Geography, Land Use, Forests, Political Ecology


My teaching prepares students for life in a world of local-global interconnections.  Students learn valuable job skills in environmental science such as land and water resource management, mapping, fieldwork, and project design.  

My research is collaborative and students play a key role. Currently I work on forest carbon and the management of natural areas by institutes of higher education.

Recent projects:

Since 2012 I have served as Faculty Manager for Ithaca College Natural Lands (ICNL), a 561-acre conservation reserve system. 

I am serving as ENVS Department Chair through summer 2024.  I welcome inquiries from prospective students at any time. 


Regular Course Offerings:

ENVS 110: The Environmental Crisis

ENVS 120: Environmental Sentinels (environmental science via wilderness survival)

ENVS 201 / 301 / 402: ICNL Student Land Stewardship Program

ENVS 220: Human-Environment Geography

ENVS 331: Land Resources

ENVS 331: Water Resources

ENVS 331: Trees and Forests of the World (political ecology of forest)