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Professor, Geography
Contact Info

  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. Biology, M.S. Geo-Environmental Studies, Secondary Environmental Education Certification, Shippensburg University
  • B.A. Anthropology, California University of Pennsylvania
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
  • Applied Biogeography
  • Human Perceptions of Biodiversity Conservation
  • Citizen Science
  • Gardens for Environmental Education and Community Engagement
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 200 Geography: The Global Dimension
  • GEOG 210 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 290 Human-Environment Interactions
  • GEOG 310 Environmental Issues: Sub-Saharan Biogeography
  • GEOG 310 Environmental Issues: Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 340 Biogeography
  • GEOG 390 Practicing Geographic Science
  • GEOG 390 Senior Project Design
  • GEOG 440 Global Biodiversity
  • GEOG 470 Seminar in Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, and Development
  • GEOG 490 Senior Thesis II
  • GEOG 491 International Studies: Malta
  • GEOG 496 Senior Thesis III
  • ISAT 480 Selected Topics in Integrated Science and Technology: Sustainable Societies
  • ISAT 580 Readings and Research: Advanced Biogeography

Through research grants and projects with students, Goodall has worked for over 20 years with understanding the distribution and behaviors of migratory bird and butterfly species. Her teaching emphasizes the importance of Earth’s biodiversity.

As part of her work, Goodall collaborates with public school administrators, teachers, and students to develop vegetable and flower gardens at Harrisonburg City schools.  The gardens provide habitat for wildlife and serve as biodiversity study sites for students of all ages. The gardens also help students learn about healthy eating and how to work together as a community.

Students who work with her go on to graduate programs in biogeography and agriculture as well as to employment in environmental education, natural resources conservation, and sustainability of urban environments.

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