Tenure-Track Faculty

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Wendy R. Eisner

Title: Professor
Office: 400A Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-3926
Email: wendy.eisner@uc.edu


  • D. Sc., University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1999 (Physical Geography).
  • Drs., University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1984 (Prehistoric Archaeology).
  • M.A., University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 1984 (Cultural Anthropology)
  • B.A., Columbia University, NY 1975 (Anthropology).


Research Areas: Paleoecology, paleoclimatology, Arctic system science, human impacts on the environment, human cultural evolution

My research links past vegetation and climatic processes with the wider physical environment, and is specifically concerned with the range of variability at which temporal and spatial landscape changes take place. I am primarily engaged in research in the Arctic. I am very interested in impact of Global Climate Change in the Arctic and the interactions of the indigenous people and scientists in the Arctic. I also study gender roles in prehistoric and ethnographic contexts and Women in Science. My current project is specifically concerned with the impact of humans on the environment. I am developing a project with Alaskan Native elders to incorporate their perceptions and understanding of their environment in order to improve our scientific knowledge of the Arctic region.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 2061 - People and Environment I: Population and World Hunger
  • GEOG 3050 - The Crowded Greenhouse: Human Populations and Climate Change

Selected Publications

  • Eisner, W. R.; Hinkel, K.M.; Cuomo, C.J.; Beck, R.A., 2012, Environmental, Cultural, and Social Change in Arctic Alaska as Observed by Iñupiat Elders Over Their Lifetimes: A GIS Synthesis, Polar Geography. DOI:10.1080/1088937X.2012.724463
  • Eisner, W. R., Jelacic, J., Cuomo, C.J., Kim, C.J., Hinkel, K.M., 2012, Producing an Indigenous Knowledge Web GIS for Arctic Alaska Communities: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned, Transactions in GIS 16 (1) pp. 17-37.
  • Eisner, W.R., Cuomo, C.J., Hinkel, K.M., Jones, B.J. and Brower, R.H., Sr. (2009). Advancing landscape change research through the incorporation of Iñupiaq Knowledge. Arctic, 62(4), 429-442.
  • Eisner, W.R., Hinkel, K.M., Jones, B.M. and Cuomo, C.J. 2008. Using indigenous knowledge to assess environmental impacts of overland travel routes, Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. In: 9th International Conference on Permafrost, Kane and Hinkel, eds. Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 415-420.
  • Eisner, W.R., Bockheim, J.G., Hinkel, K.M., Brown, T.A., Nelson, F.E., Peterson, K.M., Jones, B.M. . (2005). Paleoenvironmental analyses of an organic deposit from an erosional landscape remnant, Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 217: 187– 204.

Awards and Honors

  • Best of Show, Baraga County Fair, Baraga Michigan, Baraga County Fair, 08/06/2010 to 08/08/2010. Adult Embroidery blue ribbon and Best of Show winner for "Spanish Wine" sampler done in silk on linen cloth.