Jim Penn

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Title: Associate Professor

Field of Study: Geography

Office: B-4-205 Mackinac Hall

Phone: 616-331-8522

Email: pennji@gvsu.edu


GPY 220 Cultural Geography

GPY 235    World Regional Geography

GPY 352    Geography of Latin America

GPY 361    A Historical Geography of the Amazon

GPY 362 Farmers, Crops and our Challenging Agricultural World

GPY 363  World Forests and Their Use

GPY 425 Field Research Project in the Peruvian Amazon

Areas of interest: Latin America, Amazonia, non-timber forest resources, tropical agriculture, natural resource use, protected areas, demographic change, globalization and development.


Ph.D. Geography, University of Florida. M.A. Latin American Studies, Tropical Conservation and Development Program, University of Florida.

Professor Penn's Recent Publications:

  • Penn, J. 2012. The unconquered: In search of the Amazon’s last uncontacted tribes. (Review). Journal Latin American Geography, 11(1): 188-90.
  • Penn, J. 2010. Domestication centers. In B. Warf (Ed.), Sage encyclopedia of human geography (pp. 374-378). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Penn, J.W., Jr. 2008. Non-timber forest products in Peruvian Amazonia: Changing patterns of economic exploitation. Focus on Geography, 51(2): 18-25.
  • Pinedo-Panduro, M. and J. Penn. 2008. Camu-camu: A sustainable option for agroindustry in the Peruvian Amazon. FAO Non-wood News, 17: 52.
  • Penn, J.W., Jr. 2006. The domestication of camu camu (Myrciaria dubia): A tree planting programme in the Peruvian Amazon. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 16(1): 85-101.
  • Miller, R.P., Penn, J.W., Jr, and J. van Leeuwen. 2006. Amazonian Homegardens: Their ethnohistory and potential contribution to agroforestry development. Pp. 43 -60 In: Kumar, B.K. and P.K. Nair (eds.) Tropical Homegardens: A Time-Tested Example of Sustainable Agroforestry. Advances in Agroforestry 3. Dordrecht: Springer Science.
  • Penn, J. and G. Neise. 2004. Aguaje palm agroforestry in the Peruvian Amazon. The Palmeteer, 24(1): 15-18.
  • Meyer, D., and J. Penn. 2003. An overview of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Communal Reserve. Rapid Biological Inventories: 11: 176-177. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History.