Contact AESEDA

221 Walker Building,
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-7598
Fax: 814-863-3518


Gregory Jenkins
Director of AESEDA and
Professor of Meteorology
Tel: +1 (814) 865 0479

Lisa Skripek
Assistant to the Director
Tel: +1 (814) 863 7598



Neil Brown
AESEDA Research Associate
Tel: +1 (814) 865 0333


Mku Thaddeus Ityokumbul
Associate Director of AESEDA and
Associate Professor of Mineral Processing and Geo-Environmental Engineering
Tel: +1 (814) 865-0414



Faculty Affiliates

Gabeba Baderoon
Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies
Areas of Interest:  South Africa;  African literary, cultural and gender studies, representations of Islam in Africa.

Tel: +1 (814) 865-2372


Larry Gorenflo
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Areas of Interest:  Tanzania;  Human adaptation to natural and cultural surroundings; biodiversity conservation and landscape design.

Tel:  +1 (814) 863-5337


Jyotsna (Josi) M. Kalavar
Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, Penn State New Kensington
Areas of Interest:
Tanzania;  Intergenerational relationships in the context of cultural tourism among the Maasai at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Tel +1 (724) 334-6745


Brian King
Assistant Professor of Geography
Areas of Interest:  South Africa, Botswana;  Conservation and development in Southern Africa, social and environmental justice, and the intersections between livelihoods, health and environment.

Tel +1 (814) 865-2612


Janelle Larson
Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics
Areas of Interest:  Tanzania; Rural development and economic growth, role of markets for land, credit and labor.

Tel +1 (610) 396-6024


Khanjan Mehta
Director, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program; Instructor, Engineering Design
Areas of Interest: International social Entrepreneurship, innovative systems integration, design for extreme affordability, systems thinking, indigenous knowledge, social networks.

Tel +1 (814) 863-4426
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Brian Orland
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Areas of Interest:  Tanzania;  Environmental perception and the computer modeling of environmental impacts.

Tel +1 (814) 865-9511


Erica Smithwick
Assistant Professor of Geography
Areas of Interest:  Ghana and South Africa;  Landscape and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry and fire ecology.

Tel +1 (814) 865-6693


Nicole Webster
Associate Professor, College of Agricultural Sciences
Areas of Interest:  South Africa; Youth development and building civic empowerment agencies to increase rural livelihoods.

Tel +1 (814) 863-2695


Gregory Ziegler
Professor of Food Sciences
Areas of Interest:  Ethiopia;  The material nature of foods. Physical properties and processing of polymeric and particulate foods,

Tel +1 (814) 863-3132