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Featured New Faculty: Ryan Good

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Dr. Ryan Z. Good (Photo provided)

Dr. Ryan Z. Good is a new lecturer in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. His appointment began in the summer 2021 semester. Dr. Good has a variety of teaching and research experience that will be valuable to undergraduate environmental science students and graduate students in interdisciplinary ecology.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Good’s dissertation was titled “Land Cover and Environmental Change and Their Implications in East Africa.” He earned his Ph.D. in geography. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Kansas, where he majored in geography and English.

Dr. Good has extensive teaching experience. He returns to UF from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he held an associate lecturer position. Additionally, Dr. Good works with the College Board and Education Testing Service as an A.P. exam reader. He also served as a tutor for the UF Athletics Association.

“I consider myself a human-environment geographer. I am broadly trained in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, conservation, and economic development,” he explained. “My research work focuses on the relationships between environmental change, resource management, and economic development in the Global South.”

Teaching

Dr. Good said his goal is to provide enough background information to his students to spark a desire to understand and manage the environment that we all use.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Good has worked with NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

“Leading a team of undergraduate researchers on an applied project at NASA was great professional experience,” explained Dr. Good. “It also prepared me to help guide students through internships and other applied work outside the classroom, and to integrate their academic work into those types of opportunities.”

Dr. Good began his career with SNRE on May 16, 2021. His first teaching assignment this fall is EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science.

“I am honored to join the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and excited to be a part of educating the next generation that will tackle the environmental challenges of tomorrow,” he said.