Klepeis, Peter

Klepeis, Peter
Colgate University

My research and teaching focus on nature-society relationships and themes in sustainability science. Drawing on perspectives from political ecology and environmental history, and bridging traditions in the social and natural sciences, I explore multiple forms of land-use and land-cover (land system) change.

Case studies come from Mexico, Chile, Australia, and upstate New York. Projects include the study of tropical deforestation dynamics in the Yucatan Peninsula, forest and rangeland degradation in southern Patagonia, the spread of invasive weeds in eastern New South Wales, the human dimensions of invasive earthworms in the Adirondack State Park, and forest recovery processes in the Town of Eaton, NY. These last two studies involved collaboration with Colgate undergraduate geography students.