In addition to teaching, I engage in research on agricultural land use and energy production and lead the development of large spatial data management systems and online data access portals.
Ryan Baxter specializes in Geographic Information Systems within the Department of Geography and the Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment (IEE). Ryan teaches resident, undergraduate courses such as GEOG 260: Introduction to GIScience and GEOG 363: Geographic Information Systems, and is co-author and instructor of the online course GEOG 865: Cloud & Server GIS. At IEE, Ryan engages in research in the areas of biofuels, land use change, and land opportunities for the production of energy crops such as switchgrass and winter rye. Ryan is also lead developer and system administrator for several GIS-related projects, including the Pennsylvania Underground Mine Map Atlas, the FEMA Flood Risk Tool for Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA), and the Penn State Data Commons.