Dr. Judith L. Meyer


Geography Geology and Planning
Role: Faculty Emeritus
Campus: Springfield



  • PhD, Geography, 1994, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, Environmental Education, 1985, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, Environmental Studies and German, 1979, Cornell College


  • GRY 108 Principles of Sustainability

  • GRY 318 Geography of the National Parks
  • GRY 323 World Political Geography

Research and professional interests

Almost all of my current research derives from an interest in the historical geography of Yellowstone National Park including:

  • Documenting the evolution of a shared public image of Yellowstone from terra incognita to "place."
  • The role of Howard Eaton in promoting saddle-horse riding-and-camping tours in Yellowstone and other western parks as part of a "national park experience."
  • How Yellowstone’s Howard Eaton Trail reveals the evolving mission of the National Park Service to provide recreation and transportation in its parks.
  • Using re-photography and photo-pairs to understand change and stability in cultural and physical landscapes over time.
  • Using historical geographic information systems, also known as GIS, to map the history of Yellowstone trails.

Awards and honors

  • CNAS Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Missouri State University, 2020
  • Sustainability Award, Missouri State's Sustainability Advisory Committee, 2018
  • Aubrey L. Haines Award, National Park Service and the Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Committee, 2010
  • Presented the Haines Lecture at the 10th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Professional organizations

  • Geography Club, faculty sponsor
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon, faculty sponsor
  • Green Student Alliance, faculty sponsor

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