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Jake Brenner

Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies and Science
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Office: Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) | Room 258
Specialty: Geography, Land Use, Forests, Political Ecology


My teaching prepares students for work and life in an interconnected world of local-global interactions.  Students learn valuable job skills in environmental studies and science, such as land and water resource management, mapping, fieldwork, and project design.  My teaching is rooted in the critical thinking of the liberal arts, and all my courses address themes of globalization, space, place, and scale.

My research is collaborative and students play a key role. Current projects focus on forest carbon dynamics and the management of natural areas by institutes of higher education.

Recent projects include:

I have served since 2012 as Faculty Manager and Committee Co-Chair for Ithaca College Natural Lands (ICNL), a 500+ acre conservation reserve system. 

I will serve as ENVS Department Chair through Spring 2024.  I welcome inquiries from prospective students and their families. 


Regular Course Offerings:

ENVS 110: The Environmental Crisis

ENVS 120: Environmental Sentinels (local environmental knowledge through wilderness skills)

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

ENVS 220: Human-Environment Geography

ENVS 331: Land Resources

ENVS 331: Water Resources

file-outline Curriculum Vitae (CV) - CV_BrennerJC_20210720.pdf (192.9 KB)