Associate Dean, College of
Arts and Letters
Office: University Hall 3160 (Assoc. Dean)
SM 3032 (Faculty)
Ph.D. University of Waterloo (Canada), 1996 – Geography
M.Sc. University of Guelph (Canada), 1991 - Geography
B.E.S. University of Waterloo (Canada), 1989 – Geography
During his career, Dr. Lawrence has developed extensive experience in regards to numerous Great Lakes environmental and related planning issues in both the United States and Canada, including water quality, watershed management, Great Lakes Areas of Concern, land use change, wetland conservation, coastal planning, Great Lakes water levels, parks and protected areas and related public policy. His research focuses on community decision-making to address environmental planning issues through the use of policy development, planning and management approaches, and the application of remote sensing and GIS.
Since 1999, he has been active member of the Maumee Remedial Action Plan Advisory Committee in NW Ohio, serving as Chair starting in 2006. Dr. Lawrence was also a founding board member, and current board President, for Partners for Clean Streams Inc., which was established as a non-profit NGO in 2007 as the local partner and legal entity for public outreach, community engagement, projects, and related research within the Maumee Area of Concern in NW Ohio. He has served on numerous local, regional and national organizations including the International Association for Great Lakes Research, The Coastal Society, Coastal Zone Canada Association, and the East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers, and has participated in many Great Lakes conferences, public meetings, and professional workshops.
Dr. Lawrence’s current research involves various projects associated with Great Lakes and Area of Concern issues with funding support from Ohio EPA, US EPA, USDA NRCS, and USFWS focusing on water quality issues, policy and planning within the Maumee AOC, habitat restoration, assessment of land use practices and the use of GIS and remote sensing. Examples of projects are the habitat river restoration of the Ottawa River at the University of Toledo, watershed management in the Maumee Area of Concern, climate change education for high schools, and planning for Lake Erie coastal parks and protected areas.