Rachel Berndtson is a human geographer whose research focuses on the contexts and outcomes of human-environment interactions as they relate to cultural and environmental sustainability. Earning her doctorate in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland, Rachel studied the mechanisms through which contemporary religious groups interpret and incorporate the environment and sustainable agriculture into sacred and institutional life. Her previous positions at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and Department of Geographical Sciences have incorporated research, teaching, and academic management. Currently, Rachel is Assistant Academic Director and a Lecturer in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, where she engages in teaching, academic coordination, and faculty affairs. In her most current set of research, Rachel investigates the role of cultural ecosystem services on sustainable viticultural landscapes, as well as applications of student-centered teaching and learning on Geographic education.

 

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    Ph.D
    Degree Details
    Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland
  • Degree Type
    BS
    Degree Details
    Geography, University of Maryland
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GEOG110 The World Today: Global Perspectives Fall 2017 Syllabus
GEOG330 As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change Fall 2017 Syllabus
GEOG397 Honors Thesis Spring 2017
GEOG330 As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change Summer 2017 Syllabus
GEOG110 The World Today: Global Perspectives Fall 2015 Syllabus
GEOG330 As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change Fall 2015 Syllabus
GEOG798 Selected Topics in Geography: Seminar Series; Departmental Seminar Fall 2015 Syllabus
GEOG110 The World Today: Global Perspectives Fall 2014 Syllabus
GEOG397 Honors Thesis Fall 2014
GEOG798 Selected Topics in Geography: Seminar Series; Departmental Seminar Fall 2014 Syllabus
GEOG330 As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change Summer 2014
Rachel Berndtson
2181L LeFrak Hall
Department of Geographical Sciences
Email
rberndts [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
3-4pm Mondays and Wednesdays for Fall 2018 semester