Claire Jantz

Shippensburg University
Geography-Earth Science Department, Shippensburg University 1871 Old Main Dr
Shearer Hall
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257
Phone: 717-477-1399

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

land use and land cover change, urban geography, land change modeling, sustainability

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Claire Jantz is a Professor in the Geography-Earth Science Department and the Director of the Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University. She holds an MA and PhD in geography from the University of Maryland. She has extensive expertise in land use and land cover change analysis and modeling, and interdisciplinary research. Dr. Jantz has particular expertise within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the Delaware River Basin, and the Delmarva Peninsula. She has participated in several collaborative research efforts funded by NASA, Maryland SeaGrant, NPS, and the William Penn Foundation.


  • Ph.D. (2005), Geography, University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A. (2000), Geography, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A. (1997), Summa Cum Laude, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Major: College Scholar Program, concentration in Ecology and Anthropology

Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects

Jantz, C.A. T. Hawkins, P. Jantz, A. Price, and A. Yanez Morillo (2018-2021). Assessment of Natural Resource Condition for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Total budget: $149,963.67.

Jantz, C.A. (2016-2021). Facilitate collaborative learning opportunities through UPDE service learning partnership with the Center for Land Use and Sustainability. National Park Service. Total budget: $130,102

Other Research

Johnson, L. T.L.E. Trammell, T.J. Bishop, J. Barth, S. Drzyzga, and C.A. Jantz. 2020. Squeezed from All Sides: Urbanization, Invasive Species, and Climate Change Threaten Riparian Forest Buffers. Sustainability 12(4), 1448;

Woltemade C.J., T.W. Hawkins, C.A. Jantz,  S. Drzyzga. 2020. Impact of Changing Climate and Land Cover on Flood Magnitudes in the Delaware River Basin, USA. Paper No. jawr‐19‐0036‐P of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. First published:03 March 2020.

Rosenberger, J. J. Chester, and C.A. Jantz (2018). Spatiotemporal analysis of long-term and short-term land cover trends along the Kittatinny Ridge Corridor in Pennsylvania’s Appalachian landscape. Middle States Geographer 51:33-45.

Wentz, A. A.M. York, M. Alberti, L. Conrow, H. Fischer, L. Inostroza, C.A. Jantz, S.T.A. Pickett, K. Seto, and H. Taubenbock (2018). Six fundamental aspects for conceptualizing multidimensional urban form: A spatial mapping perspective. Landscape and Urban Planning 179:5 5-63.

Bhaskar, A.S. C.A. Jantz, C. Welty, S.A. Drzyzga, and A. Miller (2016). Coupling of the water cycle with patterns of urban growth in the Baltimore metropolitan region, United States. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 52(6): 1 – 15 DOI 10.1111/1752-1688.12479

Jantz, C.A. S.A. Drzyzga, and M. Maret (2014). Calibrating and validating a simulation model to identify drivers of urban land cover change in the Baltimore, MD metropolitan region. Land. 3(3): 1158-1179; doi:10.3390/land3031158

Jantz, C.A. H.K. Kubach, J.R. Ward, S. Wiley, and D. Heston (2014). Assessing land use changes due to natural gas mining operations in the Marcellus Shale formation in Bradford County, PA. Geographical Bulletin 55(1): 18-35.

Ciavola, S.J., C.A. Jantz, J. Reilly, and G. Moglen (2014). Forecast changes in runoff quality and quantity in the DelMarVa peninsula. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 19(1): 1-9 DOI10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000773

Jantz, C.A. and J.J. Manuel (2013). Estimating impacts of population growth and land use policy on ecosystem services: A community-level case study in Virginia, USA. Ecosystem Services, 5: 110-123.

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