Flohr applies his training in landscape architecture and urban and regional planning to examine how we can design, plan, and manage our landscapes to sustain mutually beneficial relationships between people and ecological systems. His work broadly addresses the question: how can communities and households, adapt to and mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events and the degradation of ecosystems to ensure the continuation of mutually beneficial ecosystem services? Due to the inter- and intra-system complexities of humans, climate, weather, built environment, and ecosystems, Flohr favors a mixed spatial-methods research approach to ensure the inter- and intra-system relationships are placed in their spatial context, human, and natural landscape patterns, and different dimensions of the issue(s) under analysis. His approach has led to constructive collaborations with colleagues and students across Penn State and beyond.
Flohr’s research, teaching, and service is connected and difficult to disentangle. His work covers three thematic areas: 1) Ecology plus Design, 2) spatial design computing, and 3) design education and pedagogy. These topical areas are reflected in the research and the courses I teach, which are currently LARCH 216/816: Systems Design Studio, LARCH 256: GIS Skills, LARCH 315/817: Community Design Studio, and LARCH 335/837: Planting Methods.
- B.L.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2002
- M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011
- Ph.D. from The University of Colorado Denver in 2019
- LARCH 216/816: Systems Design Studio
- LARCH 256: GIS Skills
- LARCH 315/817: Community Design Studio
- LARCH 335/837: Planting Methods