Professor Joy Mast was an associate professor at Northern Arizona University before her Carthage appointment. She teaches courses in physical geography, geology of national parks, biogeography, soil science, forest ecology, field methods, trip courses to Belize and to the Grand Canyon, and environmental science. She earned her B.S. in both geography and zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her M.S and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Among her current research projects, Prof. Mast is studying forest disturbances in the Southwest related to crown fires, insect epidemics, and severe droughts. She has garnered numerous federal research grants for her work. Her prior research has been published in a number of professional journals, including Journal of Biogeography, Professional Geographer, and Ecological Applications. She is an associate editor for the international research journal Plant Ecology, and serves on the editorial board of both the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Physical Geography. She has served as president of the Association of American Geographers Biogeography Specialty Group, and currently is the editor of their publication The Biogeographer.
Prof. Mast runs the Dendroecology research lab at Carthage. She joined the Carthage faculty in 2002.
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