Rob Breen

Rob Breen

Adjunct Faculty
Geography & Planning
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1989 B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo
2005 M.A., Northern Arizona University
2006 Ph.D., Northern Arizona University

Rob Breen

Dr. Ríobart É. Breen is a lecturer in the Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy program. He works as a climate policy analyst for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Climate Change and formerly served as an environmental policy analyst for the New York State Coastal Management Program in the Ocean and Great Lakes unit. Dr. Breen’s interdisciplinary work addresses complex “wicked problems” of adaptive, resilient, and sustainable community transitions in the face of anthropogenic climate disruption and hyper-development, with a focus on biodiversity conservation, coastal watershed management, collaborative adaptive governance, and generational equity. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Administration. He is the founder of the nonprofit Anam Earth Center for Sustainability and Culture and is the creator of the EarthQuest climate change scenario and simulation ecogame. Dr. Breen lives at Glendara Homestead with his family and applies regenerative agroecology and sustainable living practices.


Research Interests

  • Environmental policy and planning
  • Natural resources policy and planning
  • Environmental governance
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Sustainability


Courses Taught

  • A GOG 530/A PLN 585 Topics: Ecosystem-Based Management and Adaptation
  • A GOG 534/A PLN 534 Water Resources Planning
  • A GOG 630/A BIO 630 Topics in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy
  • A PLN 539/A BIO 530B Biodiversity and Conservation: Policy Issues