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Robert P. Brooks, Ph.D.


Professor of Geography and Ecology and Director, Riparia (

ph: 814-863-1596
fax: 814-863-7943
302 Walker Building, Department of Geography,
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 USA



University of Massachusetts, Amherst     Wildlife Biology        Ph.D.   1980 
                                                                Wildlife Biology        M.S.     1977 
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA          Biology                    B.S.     1974


•    National Wetlands Award in Science Research (2013) - Environmental Law Institute, supported by USEPA, USFWS, USDA Forest Service, NRCS, & FHA
•    Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (1995, renewed 2011) - Society of Wetland Scientists
•    Faculty Outreach Award (2009) – Pennsylvania State University
•    George Harvey Memorial Spring Creek Heritage Award (2008) - ClearWater Conservancy and the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited
•    Certified Wildlife Biologist (1983) – The Wildlife Society


As Director and Founder of Riparia (, established 1993 as the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center), and as Professor of Geography and Ecology in the Department of Geography at the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Brooks has developed a widely recognized wetland and wildlife research and education program. He has Published over 100 refereed articles, many more book chapters and reports, and presented over 140 technical presentations at conferences and meetings. He has directed six interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research projects, including the Atlantic Slope Consortium, Watershed Characterization and Prioritization, Bog Turtle Habitat Conservation Plan, and Best Management Practices for Agricultural Watersheds. He has taught over a dozen different undergraduate and graduate courses in the ecology and management of wetlands, geography of water resources, physical geography, field geography, wildlife management, wildlife and fisheries conservation, humans and the environment, and restoration ecology.  He has mentored 42 graduate students to completion of their degrees (30 masters, 12 doctoral).  Familiar with current federal and state regulations regarding the policy, protection, and mitigation of wetlands and rivers.  
•    Recent research projects include:
o    integrating streams, wetlands, floodplains, and riparian area in a watershed context
o    wetlands restoration and creation on altered and damaged landscapes
o    monitoring protocols for reference wetlands and mitigation projects
o    developing hydrogeomorphic models for riverine, depression, and slope wetlands
o    developing ecological indicator models for invertebrates, amphibians and birds  
o    habitat modeling for wetland-riparian and forest wildlife.  


Society of Wetland Scientists - member, Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (1995, 2011), Associate Editor for Wetlands (2003-2005)
Association of State Wetland Managers – member
Association of American Geographers – member
The Wildlife Society - Certified Wildlife Biologist (1983), Associate Editor for Journal of Wildlife Management (1989-91); member National, Section, and Pennsylvania Chapters; Advisor to Penn State Student Chapter (1991-2000), Board Member PA Chapter (1991-1994), President PA Chapter (1993)


Miller, TA, RP Brooks, M Lanzone, D Brandes, J Cooper, K O’Malley, C Maisonneuve, J Tremblay, A Duerr, T Katzner. 2014. Assessing risk to birds from industrial wind energy development via paired resource models. Conservation Biology DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12227

Brooks, RP, and DH Wardrop (eds.) 2013. Mid-Atlantic Freshwater Wetlands: Advances in Wetlands Science, Management, Policy, and Practice. Springer, NY. 441pp. (author on 11 of 14 chapters)

Osmond, D, R Brooks, S Yetter, R Carline, K Boomer, A Armstrong, R Stedman, D Meals, and G Jennings. 2012. Chap 20 - Spring Creek Watershed, Pennsylvania: National Insti¬tute of Food and Agriculture–Conservation Effects Assessment Project Watershed Project. 2012. Pp 321-336 in D Osmond, D Meals, D Hoag, and M Arabi (eds.). How to Build Better Agricultural Conservation Programs to Protect Water Quality: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Conservation Effects Assessment Project Experience. Soil and Water Conservation Society, Ankeny, IA.

Piechnik, DA, SC Goslee, TL Veith, JA Bishop, and RP Brooks. 2012. Topographic placement of management practices in riparian zones to reduce water quality impacts from pastures. Landscape Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10980-012-9783-7

Gebo, NA, and RP Brooks. 2012. Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) assessment of mitigation sites compared to natural reference wetlands in Pennsylvania. Wetlands 32:321-331.  

Katzner, T, BW Smith, TA.Miller, D Brandes, J Cooper, M Lanzone, D Brauning, C Farmer, S Harding, D Kramar, C Koppie, C Maisonneuve, M Martell, EK Mojica, C Todd, JA Tremblay, M Wheeler, DF Brinker, TE Chubbs, R Gubler, K O’Malley, S Mehus, B Porter, RP Brooks, BD Watts and KL Bildstein. 2012. Status, biology and conservation priorities for North America’s eastern Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) population. The Auk. 129(1): 168-176.

Brooks, RP. 2012. What if … visiting wetlands was a sport? National Wetlands Newsletter Nov-Dec:9.

Brooks, RP, and A Tyrna. 2012. Assessing the precious gems of the wetland conservation crown. National Wetlands Newsletter May-Jun:6-7.

Badherian, AJ, DM Fecske, MD Triska, JA Bishop, DJ Berezanski, SK Johnson, RP Brooks, and TL Serfass. 2012. Evidence of American Martens populating the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota. The Prairie Naturalist. 44(1):10-16.

Lanzone, MJ, TA Miller, P Turk, D Brandes, C Halverson, C Maisonneuve, J Tremblay, J Cooper, K O'Malley, RP Brooks and T Katzner. 2012. Flight responses by a migratory soaring raptor to changing meteorological conditions. Biology Letters 8:710-713.
doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0359 (16 May 2012)

Brooks, RP, MM Brinson, KJ Havens, CS Hershner, RD Rheinhardt, DH Wardrop, DF Whigham, AD Jacobs, and JM Rubbo. 2011. Proposed hydrogeomorphic classification for wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic Region, USA. Wetlands 31(2):207-219.

Wardrop, DH, AK Glasmeier, J Peterson-Smith, D Eckles, H Ingram, RP Brooks. 2011. Wetland ecosystem services and coupled socio-economic benefits through conservation practices in the Appalachian Region. Ecol. Applications 21(3):S93-S115.

Brooks, RP, TL Serfass, M Triska, LM Rebelo. 2011. Ramsar protected wetlands of international importance as habitats for otters. IUCN Otter Spec. Grp. Bull. 28(B):47-62.

Wardrop, DH, AK Glasmeier, J Peterson-Smith, D Eckles, H Ingram, and RP Brooks. 2011. Wetland ecosystem services and coupled socio-economic benefits through conservation practices in the Appalachian Region. Ecological Applications 21(3):S93-S115.

Cleveland, MR, EAH Smithwick, RP Brooks, and DH Wardrop. 2011. The wetland disturbance index: links with soil and water nitrate concentrations. Wetlands 31:853-863.

Stevens, S, E Just, R Cordes, R Brooks, and T Serfass. 2011. The influence of habitat quality on the detection of river otter (Lontra canadensis) latrines near bridges. American Midland Naturalist 166:435-445.

Brooks, RP, and ER Brooks. 2011. Translating the Rapanos ruling into practice. National Wetlands Newsletter May-Jun:6-7.

Brooks, RP. 2011. Monitoring and assessing wetlands: How do we take advantage of becoming data rich? National Wetlands Newsletter Nov-Dec:8-9.

Brooks, R, M McKenney-Easterling, M Brinson, R Rheinhardt, K Havens, D O’Brian, J Bishop, J Rubbo, B Armstrong, and J Hite. 2009.  A Stream-Wetland-Riparian (SWR) index for assessing condition of aquatic ecosystems in small watersheds along the Atlantic slope of the eastern U.S.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 150:101-117.  DOI 10.1007/s10661-008-0673-z










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