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Shannon Donovan

Associate Professor & Department Chair
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
BMH 204

(907) 786-6052


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of Idaho
  • M.S., Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources, West Virginia University
  • B.S., Wildlife Management, University of New Hampshire


Dr. Donovan received her B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire, her M.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources from West Virginia University and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science at the University of Idaho (UI). At UI, she served as a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Traineeship (IGERT) fellow working on two interdisciplinary projects designed to craft conservation strategies for the Volcánica Central de Talamanca Biological Corridor of Costa Rica and the Palouse region of the Inland Northwest. Shannon also has extensive experience facilitating collaborative groups, running community meetings, leading focus groups and designing a variety of qualitative and quantitative survey instruments. Her primary areas of expertise include sense of place, bioregional planning and resource conservation. Shannon loves the outdoors, meeting new people, good food and fun travel!

Teaching Responsibilities

  • ENVI A212
  • ENVI A280/480
  • ENVI A395
  • ENVI A470
  • ENVI A490

Professional & Department Service

  • Participated in the UAA Eportfolio Institute. 2011. University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
  • Participated in the American Community Gardening Association Conference, Manhattan, NY, Aug 18 – 21, 2011.
  • Participated at the Climate Change Education Partnership Workshop, Sterling, AK, June 22, 2011.
  • Represented OURS at the Council on Undergraduate Research Workshop, Portland, OR, May 25-27, 2011
  • Represented CCEL at the Continuums of Service Conference, San Diego, CA, April 27-30, 2011.
  • Member of the American Community Gardening Association, 2010 – present
  • Member of the Association for Environmental Sciences and Studies, 2009 – present 

Research Interests

  • Sense of Place
  • Bioregional Planning
  • Resource Conservation
  • NEPA