Department of Geography


Dearden, Brad
Associate Professor of Geography
Phone: 207.778.7439
Degrees
2006 PhD University of Utah; 1990 MA School for International Training; 1986 BS Quinnipiac University
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Planning and Policy:
Geography & Environmental Planning: Asia, Development, Global Economy, Latin America, Population
International & Global Studies: Development, Global Economy, Population and Health
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

Brad Dearden maintains interests in urbanization, development and the global economy, with regional specialties in Asia and Latin America. Jointly with UMF students, Brad initiated a fertility study in a Mayan community in Guatemala and works with several development organizations there. Brad has also researched urbanization and environmental processes in Islamic cities, and, using visual forms, assessed globalization processes in cities of developing regions. He is currently studying mental health and high suicide rates among women of reproductive age in Nepal. He completed a faculty exchange program at Beijing University of Technology and has participated in the Foreign Policy Speaker series sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council. Brad serves on the International and Global Studies Council at UMF, and is a member of the Asian and Latin American specialty groups of the Association of American Geographers.

McCourt, Matthew
Associate Professor of Geography
Phone: 207.778.7044
Degrees
2004 PhD Geography, University of Kentucky; 2000 MA Geography, University of Kentucky; 1993 BA English, University of Massachusetts; 1993 BA Geography, University of Massachusetts
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Planning and Policy: Environmental Planning, Participatory Mapping, Sustainability Science
Geography & Environmental Planning: Cultural Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Rural Development
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

Matt McCourt is a cultural geographer with a background in GIS and community planning. He teaches courses on landscape, planning, GIS, geographic concepts and globalization. Matt's current research with the UMF/Rangeley Sustainability Project (funded by the Maine Sustainability Solutions Initiative) involves working with students and community partners to understand how people take care of their local economies, cultures and ecological communities. Matt and his students use surveys and participatory mapping techniques in the field, create beautiful web and paper maps with GIS, programming tools and graphics applications, and present their research at regional and national conferences. Matt is also working on a book project applying active learning strategies to the study of North American landscapes.