April 24, 2014

Kimberly E. Medley

Professor of Geography
Miami University
219A Shideler Hall
Oxford, OH  45056
Tel: (513) 529-1558
Fax: (513) 529-1948
Email: medleyke@muohio.edu

I am interested in why forests vary geographically in their structure, composition, and dynamics, and how an understanding of this variation may be best applied to resource conservation in temperate and tropical localities. Of particular interest are environmental versus human influences on local patterns of diversity, the role of forest resources in human-modified landscapes, and gender relations with resource ecology. I am participating in studies that focus on diversity patterns in old-regrowth forests, exotic plant invasion,  and landscape change in Southwestern Ohio, and the ethnoecology and community conservation of forest resources in East Africa. My teaching contributes to the physical- environmental core area of geography and comparative studies of human-environment relationships.  




  • BS 1981, Conservation, Kent State University
  • MA 1984, Geography, Michigan State University
  • PhD 1990, Botany, Michigan State University


Teaching Responsibilities


  • Regional Physical Environments (GEO 221, Fall 2010)
  • Scholarship and Practice in Geography (GEO 395, Fall 2010)
  • Global Plant Diversity (GEO/BOT 431/531, Fall 2010)
  • Ecoregions of North America (GEO/BOT 432/532, Fall 2012)
  • Women, Gender & the Environment (GEO/WMS 436/536, Spring 2011)
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Global Peace (GEO F106, Spring 2011)
  • Senior Seminar (GEO 491, Fall 2010)
  • Biodiversity of Kenya (Study Abroad- currently canceled due to funding changes at the university level) – Biodiversity is a widely recognized priority for global conservation and a focus for environmental studies.   The proposed workshop is an intensive field-based course that is designed for students to learn about: 1) the natural history and ecology of tropical ecosystems in Kenya (e.g., the large mammal and predators of savanna ecosystems–biological diversity); 2) the indigenous cultures and human relationships with Kenyan environments (e.g., Maasai, Kikuyu, Kamba, Taita–cultural diversity); and 3) conservation issues from interdisciplinary perspectives (e.g. adaptive collaborative management that works for local communities and natural ecosystems–complex issues in the conservation of biodiversity).  Students will acquire both a basic and applied understanding of biodiversity in Kenya through field observations, conversations with field experts (researchers, guides, and local people), service activities with local communities, group discussions, field research, and outside readings.





Selected Publications

  • Medley, K.E., Z. Mwandoe, M. Mwamodo, J. Zungi, D. Mwatate, N. Njege, 2010. “Interpreting resource gradients and patches for the conservation of woody plant diversity at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.” Ethnobotany Research and Applications 8:49-60.
  • Medley, K.E. and H.W. Kalibo, et al, 2008. “Ethnobotanical survey of ‘wild’ woody plant resources at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.” Journal of East African Natural History 92(2): 149-186.
  • Medley, K.E. and B. Krisko, 2007. “Physical Site Conditions and Land Use History as Factors Influencing the Conservation of Regrowth Forests in Southwest Ohio Nature Reserve.” Natural Areas Journal 27(1): 31-40.
  • Medley, K.E. and H.W. Kalibo, 2007. “Global Localism: Recentering the Research Agenda for Biodiversity Conservation.” Natural Resources Forum 31(2) 151-161.
  • Kalibo, H.W. and K.E. Medley, 2007. “Participatory Resource Mapping for Adaptive Collaborative Management at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.” Landscape and Urban Planning 145-158.
  • Medley, K.E. and Kalibo, H.W., 2005. “An Ecological Framework for Participatory Ethnobotanical Research at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.” Field Methods 17(3): 302-314.
  • Wang, D.H. and K.E. Medley, 2004. “Land Use Model for Carbon Conservation Across a Midwestern USA Landscape.” Landscape and Urban Planning 69: 451-465.
  • Medley, K.E. 2004. “Measuring Performance Under a Landscape Approach to Biodiversity Conservation: the Case of USAID/Madagascar.” Progress in Development Studies 4(4): 319-341.
  • Medley, K.E., C.M. Pobocik, and B.W. Okey, 2003. “Historical Changes in Forest Cover and Land Ownership in a Midwestern U.S. Landscape.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
  • Lucas, M.F. and K.E. Medley, 2002. “Landscape Structure and Nutrient Budgets in an Agricultural Watershed, Southwest Ohio.” Ohio Journal of Science 102(2):15-23.
  • Medley, K.E. and L.M. Gramlich-Kaufman, 2001. “A Landscape Guide in Environmental Education.” Journal of Geography 100:69-77.
  • Medley, K.E. 1999. “Women’s Work: A Positive for the Environment in Madagascar.” Women in Natural Resources 20(2):32-37.
  • Medley, K.E. 1998. “Landscape Change and Resource Conservation Along the Tana River, Kenya.” Chapter 1 in K. Zimmerer and K. Young (editors) Nature’s Geography: Biogeographical Landscapes and Environmental Conservation in Developing Countries.University of Wisconsin Press, Madison.