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Chad Freed

Chad Freed

Lecturer, Master of Science in Applied Geosciences

Chad Freed, PhD, is currently a tenured Professor of Environmental Science at Widener University and Director of the Geographic Information Systems and the Engineering and Environmental Geosciences Laboratories. At Widener University, he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the engineering and environmental geosciences, as well as supervising an active research program in the three-dimensional spatial characterization and visualization of geographic, hydrologic and geophysical data. Currently, his research projects include quantifying landscape disturbances from natural gas mining, and several conservation biology and climate change projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His international research projects include global climate change analysis in the mountains of Costa Rica, the Amazon rainforest of Peru and modeling natural ecosystems on the Tibetan Plateau of China. His work on developing a shade tree inventory for the city of Chester, PA has been funded by the Harford Foundation and his work on hydrologic modeling in Chester has been funded by the Pennsylvania Sea Grant program. Past projects in Chester include quantifying ecosystem services provided by trees in DeShong Park and along the proposed cultural corridor as part of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) program.

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