AAS Faculty and Staff

Jeffrey Gritzner

Jeffrey Gritzner

Emeritus Professor

Office: Stone Hall 204
Email: jeffrey.gritzner@umontana.edu
Fax: (406) 243-4840

Current Position

Professor of Geography

Advisory Board, "The University of Montana Paleontology Center" (Fort Peck)
Executive Director, "The Earth Restoration Project"


GPHY 243X - Africa
GPHY 245X - The Middle East
GPHY 336 - Exploration and Discovery
GPHY 432 - The Human Role in Environmental Change (Cross-listed with EVST)
GPHY 433 - Cultural Ecology
GPHY 434 - Food and Famine
GPHY 442 - Regionalism and the Rocky Mountain West (Cross-listed with HSTR 462)
GPHY 520 - Seminar in Geographical Thought


Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1986
M.A., The University of Chicago, 1974
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1966

Research Interests

Africa, Agricultural Systems, Cultural Ecology, Environmental Change, Environmental Geography, Environmental Policy and Planning, Geographical Education, Historical Geography, International Development, Middle East, Public Policy, Reconstruction of Social History, Western United States.

Field of Study

Cultural Ecology, Environmental Geography, Geographical Education, Historical Geography, Public Policy.

Specialized Skills

Environmental change & restoration, Africa & Middle East

Teaching Experience


Professional Experience

Dr. Gritzner has been involved in international development for forty-eight years--as a Peace Corps agronomist in Iran (1962-1964); as a Fulbright Fellow and Technical Director of Agricola du Tchad in Africa (1972-1975); as a Senior Program Officer in the National Academy of Sciences' Office of International Affairs (1978-1988); as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (1980-present); as a Senior Associate and Director of the Africa Program at the World Resources Institute; and as a consultant for the United Nations and other organizations. His work stresses the importance of integrating environmental history and ecosystem function into the development process, and building upon the knowledge, adaptations, and managerial capabilities of local populations. His academic work focuses upon issues of environmental change and historical reconstruction. He has over two hundred publications in English, French, and Persian; has presented eighty-six professional papers; and has served on ten editorial boards. Professional travel has taken him to ninety-one countries.