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Jim Brey

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Emeritus Professor

Educational Background

  • A.A. -Major in Liberal Arts, University of Wisconsin -Sheboygan
  • B.A. -Major in Geography, University of Wisconsin -Madison
  • M.S. -Major in Physical Geography and minor emphasis on "Soils and Environmental Science". Thesis: "Relationship between Agricultural land use and Glacial land type in Rock and Green Counties, Wisconsin.", University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Ph.D. -Major in Geography and minor in Geology and Rural Sociology. Dissertation: "Changing Spatial Patterns in Florida Citriculture."
  • Post graduate work at SUNY – Brockport in Atmospheric, Hydrologic and Oceanographic sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Geomorphology and climatology
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Agricultural geography
  • Teaching innovations and online teaching


  • Association of American Geographers
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Geological Society of American
  • National Council for Geographic Education
  • Wisconsin Land Information Association

Other Interests

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  • I am very interested in how students learn geography and earth science. I constantly try to discover what makes for more profound and lasting learning of these topics because they are so important. Recent events have shown that an understanding of our world has never been more important so I keep striving to be a better teacher. I also am interested in Learning Community approaches to science teaching, using technology effectively in instruction (particularly geospatial technologies), online instruction and problem based-learning in science. I have a long history of working with K-12 teachers in the fields of atmospheric science, hydrology, geology and GIS so they can be more effective teachers. I was a recent recipient of the Carnegie/CASE Wisconsin Professor of the Year Award and the NCGE Distinguished Geography Teacher Award and have been a Kaplan Fellow, Cutting Edge Award and UW Fox Valley Teacher of the Year Award winner.
  • Agricultural geography and implications of climate change in terms of how we grow food and fiber. A recent interest has been oceans and forests.two seemingly disparate things that turn out to be related in affecting global climate change by acting as reservoirs of carbon.
  • I think the study of natural and human caused hazards in very interesting and I particularly like traveling to places where earthquakes, volcanoes and violent weather have had an impact. I am involved in emergency planning in Calumet County so I can contribute my knowledge more broadly than in the classroom setting.
  • Personal interests: Travel. I just love to travel! I have visited every continent except Antarctica (and I working on that!) and every state except Alaska. I have visited a dozen volcanoes and had a chance to work with Chinese scientists in the old growth forests of northern China. I am as comfortable in Venice as any place on earth.it's probably my favorite city. Food .I just love to cook and eat! I never met a food I didn't like and I've had the opportunity to sample some of the world's most interesting and in some cases exotic cuisine. Reading. I am an avid reader. I consume books like I do food! My tastes are eclectic but I must admit I am partial to biographies and books on science and technology. Weather is also a big interest.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Cultural Geography
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Science
  • Introduction to Maps and Air Photos
  • World Regional Geography
  • Physical Geography: Weather and Climate
  • Physical Geography: Landforms
  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Geography of Wisconsin
  • Independent Study, various topics
  • Physical Geography
  • Earth Science and Human Environment
  • Learning and Speaking about the Environment
  • Geomorphology
  • Introduction to Meteorology
  • Geography for Technical Education & Professionals
  • The New Grand Tour: Art and Earth Science in Italy
  • Survey of Geographical Information Sciences
  • Introduction to Meteorology