Geography & Planning
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:
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.