Joseph Oduro Appiah

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George BC, Canada
MS. Geography/Geographic Information Sciences, University of Akron, Akron OH
BA. (Hons) Geography and Rural Development, Economics minor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana


Trained as an interdisciplinary scientist, Dr. Oduro Appiah applies geospatial, quantitative, and
qualitative methodologies in the study of socio-ecological systems. His research program focuses on
land system science categorized under two broad areas of scientific inquiry. First, under environmental
change and sustainability, his research seeks to understand and interpret how land use and climate
change impact forest ecosystems. Also, part of this research area focuses on rural and urban vegetation
change resulting from increasing anthropogenic activities and climate change. Second, Dr. Oduro
Appiah’s research seeks to understand how environmental resource policies and climate change impact
livelihood outcomes. His recent research in the United States, Canada, and Ghana has focused on land
uses (e.g., oil and gas drilling, mining, urban sprawl, agriculture, etc.) and their associated impacts on the
environment, including but not limited to boreal and tropical forest ecosystems.

Areas of Interest: 

Land use and environmental change, environmental modeling, climate change impacts on environment
and livelihoods, environmental resource policies and livelihood outcomes, environmental justice, mixed

Courses Taught: 
GSP 101 Geospatial Concepts
GSP 101L Geospatial Concepts Lab
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