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Elizabeth Ridder

Assistant Professor, Geography
PhD, Geography
Arizona State University, 2013

Office: SBSB-4229     

Elizabeth Ridder

Teaching Interests: 

Physical geography, biogeography, human-environment interactions, GIS (geographic information systems), field techniques.


GEOG 110: Introduction to Physical Geography

Research Interests:

Biogeography, land change science, species distribution modeling, GIS, remote sensing, human-environment interactions

I am interested in climate and human-related changes to species distributions, specifically the underlying factors that lead to land-use and land-cover change, and how changes in land use and land cover affect the spatial distributions of biological diversity over time. I use field-based methods to study vegetation and landscape-level disturbances by integrating geospatial analysis and modeling. From this perspective I examine historical land cover change, model present-day species distributions, and combine projections of land-cover change and species distributions under multiple climate change scenarios.

I am developing a research program that specifically addresses human-environment interactions at various spatial and temporal scales in arid and Mediterranean environments. This effort is currently centered on examining regional relationships between climate, vegetation, and societies from the Bronze Age to the present in the Levant. In addition, I am constructing models of Cypriot vegetation change that potentially result from climate change predictions. In Southern California, my interest in human-environment interactions focuses on human-wildlife interactions at the urban-wildland interface. This includes continuing collaborative efforts to construct a local-to-regional analyses of the potential for large utility corridors to act as suitable habitat for meso-carnivores in the form of conservation areas and corridors. This work also expands upon my previous species distribution modeling work, examining the applications and relevance of these models in conservation, land-use planning, and decision making.


Ridder, E., C.S. Galletti, P.L. Fall, and S.E. Falconer. In review. Economic and social activities on ancient Cypriot terraced landscapes. Journal of Environmental Management.

Soto-Berelov, M., P.L. Fall, S.E. Falconer and E. Ridder. 2015. Modeling vegetation dynamics in the Southern Levant through the Bronze Age. Journal of Archaeological Science 53: 94-109. 

Galletti, C.S., E. Ridder, S.E. Falconer, and P.L. Fall. 2013. Maxent modeling of ancient and modern agricultural terraces in the Troodos foothills, Cyprus. Applied Geography 39: 46-56. 

Fall, P.L., S.E. Falconer, C.S. Galletti, T. Schirmang, E. Ridder, and J. Klinge. 2012. Long-term agrarian landscapes in the Troodos foothills, Cyprus. Journal of Archeological Science 39: 2335-2347.