Steven Manson is a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs for the College of Liberal Arts. He also directs the Human-Environment Geographic Information Science lab.

Dr. Manson combines environmental research, social science, and geographic information science to understand complex human-environment systems. He teaches in the areas of geographic information science and spatial analysis of human-environment systems.

He is a Resident Fellow at the Institute on the Environment and Scholar of the College for the university's College of Liberal Arts. He is a past NASA New Investigator in Earth-Sun System Science and NASA Earth System Science Fellow. He received the Young Scholar Award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America, and a University of Minnesota McKnight Land Grant Professorship.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2002 - none
  • B.A. Honours: Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 1995 - none


  • biocomplexity
  • environmental science
  • geographic information science
  • global change
  • land use/cover change
  • spatial analysis