Jesse Minor

Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Planning

Jesse Minor is a critical physical geographer, which means that he merges a background in natural and physical science with an interest in social and human connections. His research and teaching center on forests, risks and hazards, fire ecology, dendroecology, and coupled natural-human systems. Jesse’s teaching and research link physical and social science methods and perspectives and engage with the connections between biogeographic pattern and process, natural and anthropogenic disturbance, and management of natural resources. Jesse’s published work includes analysis of Smokey Bear and associated wildfire prevention propaganda; the ecology and management of sacred fengshui forests in China; the ecological trajectories of forested communities following mixed-severity wildfires; tree-ring analysis of fire regimes across cultural transitions in Arizona; and effective techniques for teaching field courses. He has conducted ecological and forestry fieldwork in China, the US Southwest, Mexico, and Mongolia, and has worked on commercial fishing vessels in Maine and Alaska. 


  • 2017 PhD University of Arizona
  • 2008 MA University of Arizona
  • 2002 BA Bates College
Jesse Minor