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Rick Landenberger


Rick’s research combines forest ecology with land use management and restoration, using mapping and spatial analysis as tools to address basic questions of ecosystem structure and function. Working closely with the land conservation community in West Virginia through the West Virginia Land Trust, his research applies primarily to properties managed through conservation easements or other land use protection strategies.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: 137 Brooks HallPhone: (304)293-9468E-mail:


Ph.D., Forest Resource Science, West Virginia University, 1999M.S., Forest Resource Management, SUNY ESF-Syracuse, 1991B.A., Environmental Science, Ecology Option, SUNY Plattsburgh, 1987


My research has two broad branches: applied ecological studies of forest ecosystems, and K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. I have had funding to support other branches as well, including high resolution remote sensing as applied to forests, and invasive plants in particular. Presently I have a contract with the West Virginia Land Trust to support science and management of West Virginia properties that harbor unique or special ecosystems or provide unique cultural values. I also continue to work closely with the GLOBE International Science Committee, as both a committee member and collaborator with Science Committee members. Most of this work focuses on K-12 STEM education involving the uses of geospatial technologies to engage students in authentic science experiences through the GLOBEProgram.

Recent Publications

  • Warner, T.A., J.B. McGraw, and R.E. Landenberger. 2006. Segmentation and classification of high resolution imagery for mapping individual trees in a closed canopy, deciduous forest. Science in China 49:128-139.
  • Landenberger, R.E., T.A. Warner, T.I. Ensign, and M.D. Nellis. 2006. Using Remote Sensing and GIS to Teach Inquiry-Based Spatial Thinking: An Example Using Integrated Earth Systems Science Education. Geocarto International 21(3):61-72.
  • Landenberger, R.E., Kota, N., and McGraw, J.B..2007. Seed dispersal of the non-native invasive tree Ailanthus altissima into contrasting environments. Plant Ecology 192:55-70.
  • Kota, N., Landenberger, R.E., and McGraw, J.B.. 2007. Germination and early growth response of invasive Ailanthus and native yellow poplar in three levels of forest disturbance. Biological Invasions 9:197-211.
  • Hedley, M-L, Czajkowski, K., Benko, T., Landenberger, R., Shellito, B., Munro-Stasiuk, M. and Struble, J. 2008. SATELLITES: A Geospatial Technology Program for Teachers and Students. The Earth Scientist 27:11-13.
  • Landenberger, R.E., and Dodge, R.L. 2008. AmericaView: A National Remote Sensing Consortium. In ASPRS 2008-Pecora 17 Annual Conference, November 17th-21st 2008, Denver, CO. 11 pages.
  • Landenberger, R.E., T.A. Warner, and J.B. McGraw. 2009. Spatial patterns of female Ailanthus altissima across an urban-to-rural land use gradient. Urban Ecosystems 12:437-448.
  • Burkholder, A., T.A. Warner, M. Culp and R.E. Landenberger. 2011. Seasonal trends in separability of leaf reflectance spectra for Ailanthus altissima and four other tree species. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 77(8):793-784.
  • Landenberger, R., Patterson, M., Sivanpillai, R., and Lawrence, R. 2011. AmericaView: Promoting Remote Sensing Science and Technology Through Cooperative Partnerships. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 77(10):969-974.
  • Rye, J., R. Landenberger, T. A. Warner. 2012. Incorporating Concept Mapping in Project-Based Learning: Lessons from Watershed Investigations. Journal of Science Education and Technology 22:379-392.
  • Elmes, A., T.A. Warner, J. Conley, and R. Landenberger. Under Review. GIS-remote sensing integration in the context of agent based modeling: a case study of Ailanthus altissima invasive species modeling. Biological Invasions.
  • N.E. Adaktilou, R.E. Landenberger, K.P. Czajkowski, M.L. Hedley. Under Review. Using geospatial technology to enhance science teaching and learning: A case study presenting the vision and impacts of the ‘SATELLITES’ geo-science program. International Journal of Science Education.

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