Joseph P. Messina

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty & Professor, Geography

College of Social Science, Michigan State University

Dr. Joseph Messina is a Professor of Geography (Ph.D. 2001 UNC-Chapel Hill), Associate Dean of Research for the College of Social Science, member of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, member of the African Studies Center, member of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program at Michigan State University.  Dr. Messina has been awarded research honors from NASA through the New Investigator Program, the National Institutes of Health Roadmap Program, and the Sigma Xi / MSU Young Scholar of the Year. He's the Associate Editor of Plant Ecology, and on the editorial board for the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research.  He co-edited special issues in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Environment and Planning A, and Environment and Planning B. Dr. Messina also served on the Organizing committee for Geocomputation, International Medical Geography Symposium 2013, Accuracy 2014. Dr. Messina served on the EPA panel establishing a national program on behavioral and social science research and the environment. He also served on national review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS, NIEHS, NIAID); the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation and the Decision Making Under Uncertainty programs; NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and ACRIM, ESSF, Carbon, ESSF, and the LCLU programs; EPA’s Advanced Monitoring Initiative. Dr. Messina also served in leadership roles or on select committees for the Association of American Geographers, the remote sensing specialty group of the Association of American Geographers, and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He was the Geography Awareness Week Plenary Speaker at multiple universities. He received the 2014 BCBSM Foundation McDevitt Excellence in Research Award, and the AT&T/MSU 2013 Technology Enhancement teaching award. He also received an Honorable Discharge with the United States Army.

If you would like to contact Associate Dean Messina, please contact his support person, Sara Allison at alliso53(at) or call 517-432-0860.