Mary Ann A. Cunningham

Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies

My work focuses on the ways landscape composition influences environmental quality and habitat availability. Around Poughkeepsie and the Vassar Campus I have worked with students and colleagues to study how urbanization has changed habitat composition (especially for birds) and water quality in local streams. Much of my work has also explored how species distributions in the Sheyenne National Grasslands, in North Dakota, are influenced by extent and configuration of tree cover in the landscape.

BA, Carleton College; MA, University of Oregon; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
At Vassar since 2001


Ely Hall
Box 261