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Geography Assosciate Professor Mark Blumler

Mark Blumler

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Room: OJ-115

Phone: 607-777-6732


Education:PhD, University of California at Berkley, 1992

Research interests:

  • Biogeography: life-form and distribution; Mediterranean-type ecosystems; invasions; geogenetics; conservation-biogeographical aspects; climate change and ecosystems.
  • Plant ecology: succession theory; seed ecology; species-diversity; plant strategies.
  • Environmental history: agricultural origins; the Columbian exchange; desertification; history of environmental thought; California; the Middle East.
  • Social theory: diffusion vs. independent invention and cultural change; environmental vs. social factors in cultural change; Western influences on critical social theory; Carl Barks.

Teaching specialties

  • Physical Geography
  • Biogeography and Conservation
  • Historical Geography
Recent publications
  • Blumler, M. A. 2015. Agriculturalism. In Muhlenbein, M. (ed.) Basics in Human Evolution. Elsevier Academic Press (in press).
  • Blumler, M. A. 2015. Deciduous woodlands in Mediterranean California. In Box, E. O., and K. Fujiwara (eds.), Warm-temperate Deciduous Forests, pp. 257-266. Springer, New York.
  • Blumler, M. A., and J. C. Plummer. 2015. Deciduous woodlands in the Near Eastern Fertile Crescent, and a comparison with California. In Box, E.O., and K. Fujiwara (eds.), Warm-temperate Deciduous Forests, pp. 267-276. Springer, New York.
  • Blumler, M. A. 2014. Agricultural environments. The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography.
  • Schickoff, U., M. A, Blumler, and A. C. Millington. 2014. Biogeography in the early twenty-first century: a science with increasing significance to Earth's changes and challenges. Geographia Polonica 87:221-240.
  • Millington, A. C., M. A. Blumler, and U. Schickoff (eds.) 2011. Handbook of Biogeography.Sage Publications, London.
  • Blumler, M. A., A. Cole, J. Flenley, and U. Schickoff. 2011. History of biogeographical thought. In Millington, A. C., M. A. Blumler, and U. Schickoff (eds.) Handbook of Biogeography, pp. 23-42. Sage Publications, London.
  • Blumler, M. A. 2011.Invasive species, in geographical perspective.In Millington, A. C., M. A. Blumler, and U. Schickoff (eds.) Handbook of Biogeography, pp. 510-527.Sage Publications, London.
  • Blumler, M. A. 2009. The frontier is dead, long live the frontier: responses to the official "closing" of the American settlement frontier. Pennsylvania Geographer 47(2):3-19.
  • Blumler, M. A., and J. G. Waines. 2009. On the potential for spring sowing in the ancient Near East. In Fairbairn, A.S., and E. Weiss (eds.) From Foragers to Farmers:Papers in Honour of Gordon C. Hillman, pp. 19-26. Oxbow Monographs, Oxford.
  • Blumler, M. A. 2008.The Fossil Fuel Revolution: A Great, and Largely Unrecognized, Experiment. Pennsylvania Geographer 46(2):3-21.
  • Blumler, M. A. 2007.Invasion rules: ecological or geographical? Papers of the Applied Geography Conference 30:395-406.
  • Blumler, M. A. 2007. Near Eastern pollen diagrams and "deforestation." Middle States Geographer 40:150-157.

Last Updated: 7/2/15