Meghan Salmon-Tumas

Assistant Professor of Climate Science

headshot Meghan Salmon-Tumas
Office:Center for Science and the Environment 254
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Earned and Honorary Degrees

PhD Geography, Boston University
MA Geography, University of Maryland
BS Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology


I am a broadly-trained environmental geographer with expertise in remote sensing (the use of satellite observations to monitor the Earth's surface).

Why Northland?

I love Northland's intimate size, and how the school and its customs support students in their growth. The way in which Northland's institutional culture empowers all community members is unparalleled.


I teach Weather and Climate, Policy and Economics of Climate Change, Understanding Climate Change, and Climate Change in the Western Lake Superior Region. I love that these courses all include science and go a step further to consider how the science applies to each of us.


I study land cover and land use, which are systems for characterizing the Earth's surface. I specialize in using large-scale satellite data sets in combination with other knowledge sources (physical models, census, etc.) to refine understanding of human-environment interactions. My current research areas focus on forest phenology in the Northwoods region and climate change impacts and adaptation of outdoor recreation and tourism.

Student Involvement

In all of my courses, I incorporate reflective and action-based exercises to engage student's whole selves in the learning process.


I enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, paddling, and backpacking. I love listening to music, cooking food, and reading science fiction novels.