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).


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.

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.

Student Involvement

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

Personal Interests

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.