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Mahbubur R. Meenar, Ph.D., GISP
Dr. Meenar is an Associate Professor of Planning in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability at Rowan University. He examines the connection between human and spatial dimensions (e.g., natural and built environments) in developing plans for sustainable and resilient communities, focusing on the nexus of land, water, and food. His research interests also include the use of geospatial and other technologies in participatory spatial planning. His work has been published in leading journals in his field, including the Journal of American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education & ResearchEnvironmental and Planning A, Journal of Planning Literature, CitiesLandscape and Urban Planning, Local Environment, and Environmental Management. Dr. Meenar currently teaches Environmental and Sustainability Planning, GIS, Geovisualization, and Community Planning & Site Design.

Research interests: built environment, green infrastructure, food environment, environmental health, urban regeneration & sustainable development, participatory planning, digital civic engagement, smart cities, geospatial planning, social equity 

Affiliated Faculty @ Rowan University

Megan Bucknum
Senior Lecturer, Geography, Planning, & Sustainability
Research Interests: food systems planning, collaborative planning, oral history

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Ted Howell, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Writing Arts
Research Interests: environmental humanities, climate change fiction, community writing, the Anthropocene

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Mireille Bright, Ph.D., MPH, RDN
Lecturer, Nutrition
Research Interests: community nutrition, nutrition & minority health, health promotion

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Kevin Keenan, Ph.D.
Asso. Prof. and ChairGeography, Planning, & Sustainability
Research Interests: urban policy, hazards, vulnerability, resilience, urban violence

Zachary Christman, Ph.D.
Asso. Prof., Geography, Planning, & Sustainability
Research Interests: GIS, remote sensing, environmental change, population health

Jennifer Kitson, Ph.D.
Asso. Prof., Art
Research Interests: public art, senses and the city, sustainable urbanism, historic preservation

Jordan Howell, Ph.D., MBA
Asso. Prof., Sustainable Business
Research Interests: waste management, environmental policy & governance, sustainable business

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Dara LoBuono, Ph.D., RD
Asst. Prof., Health & Exercise Science
Research Interests: nutrition assessment, nutrition for older adults, nutrition for adults with disability, digital health

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Leslie Spencer, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Promotion & Wellness
Research Interests: motivational Interviewing and health behavior change, student success coaching, fitness for people with IDD

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Melanie Stewart

Associate Dean, College of Performing Arts;

Professor, Theatre & Dance

Research Interests: creative placemaking, creation and performance of movement driven theatre, medical improvisation

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Ashley York, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Geography, Planning, & Sustainability
Research Interests: GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis and statistics, climate change, the cryosphere

Present non-Rowan  Collaborators 
Deepti Adlakha, Ph.D. (landscape architecture, public health - North Carolina State University, USA) | Ashraful Alam, Ph.D. (geography, planning - University of Otago, New Zealand) | Sarah Bauer, Ph.D. (civil engineering - Mercer University, USA) | S. M. Labib, Ph.D. (spatial data science, built and natural environment, urban health, and active travel - Utrecht University, Nederlands + University of Cambridge, UK) | Jirka Panek, Ph.D. (community development, GIS - Palacký University, Czech Republic) | Md Shahinoor Rahman, Ph.D. (earth science, GIS - New Jersey City University, USA)
Past non-Rowan  Collaborators 

Nader Afzalan, Ph.D. (University of Redlands) | Saleh Ahmed, Ph.D. (Boise State University) | Sanjana Ahmed (Delft University of Technology) | Ayman Ali, Ph.D. (Rowan University) | Leonard Bonarek (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia) | Helen Cole, Ph.D. (Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability) | Bradley Flamm, Ph.D. (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) | Amir Hajrasouliha, Ph.D. (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) | John Hasse, Ph.D. (Rowan University) | Sally Harrison (Temple University) | Megan Heckert, Ph.D. (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) | Lynn Mandarano, Ph.D. (Temple University) | Alfonso Morales, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin – Madison) | Smitha Mysore (SJB School of Architecture and Planning, Bangalore, India) | John Sorrentino, Ph.D. (Temple University) | Robert Whyte (Robert Whyte Design)

Past & Present  Consultants 

Shaneka Boucher, Social Responsibility Through Me | Margaret DelPlato, Economic development planner, public administration specialist | Robert Gladfelter, Landscape designer | Jason Hachadorian, Urban planner | Kyle Hearing, Urban planner | Jenna Otto, Landscape designer | Cassie Shugart, Urban planner | August Tarrier, Editor | Shane Walsh, Physical geographer | Jonathan Wetstein, Urban planner | Cerulean, LLC | Econsult Solutions Inc.

Past & Present  Organizational Partners & Collaborators

Acenda Integrated Health

Bullock Garden Project Inc.
Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority

Camden Fire Works

Camden Urban Agriculture Collaborative
Creative Glassboro
Glassboro Borough
Heart of Camden

Mosaic Family Success Center
New Kensington Community Development Corporation
Parkside Business and Community in Partnership
The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Current Lab Members

Robert Chiaravalloti, Major - Community & Environmental Planning

Michelle Contarino, Graduate Student, Psychology

Jonathan Hansel, Major - Community & Environmental Planning

Jessica Lubitz, Major - Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Julia Moseley, Major - Community & Environmental Planning

Christopher Tirri, Graduate Student, Urban & Regional Planning

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Featured Alumni

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Past Members / Alumni

Arianna Adan, Major - Journalism

Noah Berkowitz, Major - GIS, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning
Matthew Bettin, Major - Environmental Studies, Minor - Biology, GIS

Casey Bourke, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Taryn Brickner, Major - GIS, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning

Christopher Campbell, Major - GIS, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning, History 

Alex Cervantes, Major - GIS, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning

Carlos Cruz-Gallo, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, GIS

Santino D'Agostino, Major - Journalism

Gabrielle Davis, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Marie DiLeonardo, Major - Spanish, Subject Matter Education K-12

Samantha Dimeglio, Major - Environmental Studies, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning, GIS

Lea Donaghy, Major - Psychology

Joseph Foti, Major - Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management

Shantae Henry, Major - Public Health

Oludayo Ibikunle, Major - Chemical Engineering

Robert Kearney, Major - Geography, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning, GIS

Amy Mann, Major - English

Kenny Marte, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Minor - GIS, Sustainable Built Environments, Spanish

Jack Meyers, Major - GIS, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning

Donald Morrison, Major - GIS

Devon Moulton, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Minors - Environmental Science, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Geography, Sustainable Built Environments

Devon Nealer, Graduate Student, Urban & Regional Planning

Brianna Pellegrino, Graduate student, Nutrition and Dietatics

Giavanni Rizzo, Major - Community and Environmental Planning, Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Cassandra Rodriguez, Major - Community & Environmental Planning

Kira Rose, Major - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Samain Sabrin, Graduate Student, Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Cassie Shugart, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Geography

Herivin Simmasalam, Major - GIS, Minor - Geography

Sarah Sosa, Major - Biological Science, Minor - GIS, Environmental Science

Ben Stephens, Major - Geography, Minor - GIS

Jake Vitagliano, Major - Community & Environmental Planning

Kristina Wallace, Major - GIS, Minor - Community & Environmental Planning

Dylan Williams, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Minor - GIS, Sustainable Built Environments

Hunter Swanson, Major - Community & Environmental Planning, Minor - GIS

Meghan Wren, Major - Community & Environmental Planning