Darla Munroe is Professor of Geography at the Ohio State University, USA. Darla’s academic background is in land economics and human geography, with a focus on human-environment interactions at a landscape level. She studies how changes in land-use systems, such as urban conversion or shifts in agricultural production patterns, affect forests and forest characteristics. She studies the impacts of land markets and land institutions such as protected areas on private forestland, as well as the role of conservation in shaping ongoing patterns of land conversion. Much of her research centers on the urban-rural interface, examining how changing connections between rural and urban systems manifest in changing forest cover. She is Co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Land Use Science, and on the Editorial Boards of Land Use Policy and Geographical Analysis.
This recent article in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) was written by members of the GLP community for an upcoming GLP Special Issue in COSUST. The paper argues that normative positions are increasingly required of sustainability science and lays out principles that served to guide the themes and organization of the 4th GLP Open Science Meeting.
SSC Member Darla Munroe uses GLOBE for one of the assignments in her course, Geography 5402 - Land-use Geography. She wrote a report on the assignment as well as the students’ assessment of the platform. She also offers some ideas for how GLOBE could evolve further to include higher-level frameworks.
The Journal of Land Use Science is looking to publish timely commentaries on current debates. Short (2,000 word) manuscripts that take a side on a controversial issue – please present a strong position supported by evidence.