Geography & Planning

Dr. Joy A. Fritschle (

FritschleJoy A. Fritschle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Geography and Planning Department

Sustainability Coordinator

103 Ruby Jones Hall

West Chester University

West Chester, PA 19383



Dr. Joy Fritschle has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007), a Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Humboldt State University in California. Dr. Fritschle’s fields of interest include biogeography, historical ecology, ecological restoration, and environmental conservation. Her research projects involve reconstructing historical landscapes using archival evidence and GIS analysis, ecological restoration of forests and woodlands, carbon and cost-benefit assessments of urban forests, and sustainable development through agriculture and forestry. She teaches courses in environmental geography, mapping, and field methods.

Courses Taught at West Chester University:
GEO101: World Regional Geography
GEO225: Introduction to Maps and Remote Sensing
GEO230: Environmental Conservation and Sustainability
GEO332: Environmental Crises
GEO334: Sustainable Living
GEO336/536: Environmental Planning
GEO585: Field Methods in Environmental Geography
GEO402/415/600/615: Supervision of independent study and student internships in Environmental Geography
HON314: Honors College Course in Science, Technology, and Environmental Systems: Sustainability through the Lens of Agriculture

Samples of Supervised Student Projects in the Community:

          Philadelphia Then and Now

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Fritschle, J.A. and Dicce, R.  2013.  Envisioning Sustainable Development in World Regions. 1st edition.  Kendall Hunt.


Book Cover for Envisioning Sustainable DevelopmentSummary: In world of seven billion people, we must confront a daunting challenge.  How can seven billion of us inhabit the planet in a way that provides the best life for as many of us as possible?   In other words, how can we sustain our personal, social, cultural, economic, and environmental well-being long into the future?  This question is very real and being addressed by people, governments, corporations, and non-governmental organizations around the world.  Indeed, we have achieved an unprecedented level of global cooperation today, and we are using our connectivity and interdependence to foster a global-scale project. This global project, and the key to how we can thrive with so many of us on the planet, are one and the same: Sustainable Development.  What is especially exciting is that this effort is happening all over the planet right now. 

This book addresses sustainable development in the twenty-first century in a way that is accessible to students in introductory geography and environmental studies, or to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of what exactly is meant by sustainable development.  The text surveys the fundamental conditions to achieving sustainable development on a global and regional scale, and reports on the progress of this global project to date.  In the spirit of lessening its ecological footprint, the text is available from Kendall-Hunt exclusively as an e-book, which also allows for publication of its full-color maps and reduces its cost.

Select Publications and Professional Reports:

Clark, A. and Fritschle, J.A.  2011.  A GIS analysis of the pre-Columbian Chaco landscape: applying new tools to old problems.  The Pennsylvania Geographer 49(2): 101-116.  Available here.

Fritschle, J.A. 2011.  Identification of old-growth forest reference ecosystems using historic land surveys, Redwood National Park, California.  Restoration Ecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00832.x.  Available here.

Fritschle, J.A.  2010.  Forest Restoration.  In: Encyclopedia of Geography, B. Warf (ed.), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.  Available here.

Allison, D., Arnold, B., Bott, T., Bullard, M., Fritschle, J., Krummrich, H., Laubach, V., Lonsdorf, R., O’Donnell, T., Pitz, A., Webb, V., and Wilson, G.  2010.  “Chapter Five: Agriculture and Forests” in Chester County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Report, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force Agriculture and Forestry Subcommittee, Chester County, PA.  Available here.

Welch, J., Hertel, G., Coutu, G., Fritschle, J., Bruno, E., and Alexander, E.  2010.  The Benefits of Trees, Their Health, Protecting People and Property: The Green Legacy Project at West Chester University.  Departments of Geography & Planning and Biology, West Chester University.

Fritschle, J.A.  2009.  Pre-EuroAmerican settlement forests in Redwood National Park, California, U.S.A.: a reconstruction using line summaries in historic land surveys.  Landscape Ecology 24(6): 833. Available here.

Fritschle, J.A.  2008.  Reconstructing historic ecotones using the Public Land Survey: the lost prairies of Redwood National Park.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98(1): 24-39. Available here.