Richard A. Crooker
Ph.D. 1986 Geography,
University of California, Riverside
M.A. 1974 Geography
Eastern Michigan University
B.A. 1967 Geography
Chico State College
Dr. Richard A. Crooker teaches physical geography, oceanography, map reading and interpretation, geography of Pennsylvania, and climatology. He has received numerous grants, including three research grants from the National Geographical Society Committee for Research and Exploration.
Dr. Crooker's publications deal with a wide range of geographical topics. His research on drug production and trafficking has taken him to source areas of illegal drugs in remote areas of Thailand, Burma, China, Peru, and Bolivia. That research involved the larger issue of the relationship between environmental degradation and social conflict in international border areas.
GEG 010 Physical Geography
Physical geography examines spatial elements of the physical environment—weather, climate, vegetation, soils and landforms. Students analyze the nature and characteristics of these elements, the processes involved in their development, their distribution over the earth, and their interrelationships. Students also examine the interrelationships between these elements and human activities. They use maps and other geographical data to locate, analyze, interpret, and solve geographical problems of a physical nature. This course is useful to students seeking to better understand geographical aspects of environmental issues. 3 contact hours; 3 semester hours.
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GEG 040 Oceanography
familiarize the non-scientific students with the marine environment and
current developments in the marine sciences. Topics for study will
the Physical Parameters of the Ocean; Ocean Basin Topography; Life in
Sea; and Resources in the Oceans. Students will be encouraged to
participate in field activities at the Wallops Island Marine Center at
Wallops Island, Virginia. This course is unacceptable for the
Science major requirement. 3 contact hours; 3 semester hours.
GEG 230 Map Reading and Interpretation
examines how maps locate, represent, summarize and communicate
information. It provides a basis for advanced techniques courses in
It is also helpful to education majors in fields dealing with either
or human-built environments. PREREQUISITE: Either GEG 010, GEL
or GEL 100, or permission of instructor. 4 contact hours; 3 semester
GEG 240 Geography of Pennsylvania
course explores where people and places are located in Pennsylvania and
why they are located where they are. The general objective is to
understanding the diversity and distribution of environmental and
cultural features within the state. The overall goal is to demonstrate
how geography influences the state and the state's importance to the
323 Global Warming and the Science of Climate Change
This course concentrates on the climatological and spatial aspects of global warming and the growing importance of the science of global warming to policymakers. The aim is to introduce the causes, methods of analysis, and policy implications of global warming. This course is a general education, natural science elective. Prerequisites: GEG 010 - Elements of Physical Geography or Meteorology GEG 320/321 or Climatology (GEG 322). Three semester hours, three contact hours.
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1998. "Introduction to WebCT (World Wide Web Course Tools). " Program and Abstracts. Computing Across the Curriculum (SSHE), Shippensburg University, PA, p. 31.
1996. "Narcotrafficking and Transitional Economies of Border Towns in the Upper Mekong Growth Quadrangle." Program Abstracts. Association of American Geographers annual meetings, Charlotte, NC, p.
1994. "Vegetables Instead of Opium in Thailand: A Spatial Analysis." Program Abstracts. Association of American Geographers annual meetings, San Francisco, CA (with Robert N. Martin), p. 69.
1993. "Fire Service Areas Using GIS: A Local Example." Program Abstracts. Association of American Geographers annual meetings, Atlanta, GA (with Robert N. Martin), p.
1990. "What Can Meaningful Departmental Goals Documents Do For Geographic Eduction?" Program Abstracts. National Council for Geographic Education annual meetings, Williamsburg, VA, pp. 5-6.
1988. "Accessibility and Opium Replacement in Northern Thailand." Program Abstracts. Association of American Geographers annual meetings, Phoenix, AZ (also presented at the Kutztown University International Studies Colloquium, March) (with Robert N. Martin), p.
1987. "The Opium Zone in Northern Thailand: A Subregion in Transition." Program Abstracts. Association of American Geographers annual meetings, Portland, OR, p. 18.
1982. "Economiic Integration of the Opium Farmer: The Thailand Example." Program Abstracts. Association of Pacific Coast Geographrs annual meetings, Long Beach, CA (with Michael Mann), p.
1978. "An Update on the Redwood Lumber Industry of the Santa Cruz Mountains, California." Program Abstracts. Association of Pacific Coast Geographers annual meetings, Salt Lake City, UT, p. 145.
1977. "El-Kufra Agricultural Project: An Example of the Impact of Oil Revenues on Libyan Agriculture." Program Abstracts. Arizona Academy of Sciences annual meetings, Los Vegas, NV (with El-Maheshi, Abdel Kader), p.