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Travis Flohr Ph.D., MSLA
Assistant Professor
Portrait of Travis Flohr
Penn State Landscape Architecture
419 Stuckeman

Travis Flohr is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He is a landscape architecture educator with six years of professional practice experience, coupled with more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. Flohr studied at Penn State for his bachelor of landscape architecture and master of science in landscape architecture, before completing a doctorate in urban and regional planning at the University of Colorado, Denver. Before rejoining Penn State, he taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for four years.

Flohr’s research focuses on understanding the dynamics between households, communities, planners, and designers' decision-making and management effects on hazard resilience and urban biodiversity. His efforts contextually focus on human development in wildfire-prone regions and urban habitat and biodiversity. Flohr employs mixed-method geospatial modeling research designs to study issues related to the impacts of local and regional land-use policies and management strategies on wildfire risk and pollinator habitat; the effects of homeowner and community behavior and residential design on wildfire risk and pollinator habitat; and landscape architecture’s (academic and professional) impact on addressing wildfire resilient communities.

Past research projects also include studies on the equitable access of parks and recreation infrastructure; geospatial and geodesign pedagogy in design programs; land management and design impacts on urban heat island; data acquisition for rock climbing and trail user counts; metropolitan sustainability indicator assessment; the integration of building information models (BIM) and geographic information systems (GIS); and accessibility to bike share infrastructure and walkable neighborhoods. The tools he uses to address these issues include GIS, remote sensing, urban growth modeling, wildfire risk simulations, suitability modeling, spatial statistics, and various app and web development platforms. Some of his research focuses specifically on developing and advancing methodologies built on these tools.

Flohr’s methodological research has addressed issues such as rapid high-resolution data collection for the site and neighborhood-scale habitat and heat island assessment; integration of 3D geospatial data into a web-based public planning decision support framework; and site-scale planting design climate change and extreme weather resilience evaluations. His ongoing methodological research seeks to create site-scale rapid wildfire risk assessments, integrate urban growth modeling and wildfire risk simulations, and participatory GIS assessment of urban pollinator habitat and climate resiliency simulations.


  • Ph.D. (2019) - Design and Planning - The University of Colorado Denver
  • M.S. (2011) - Landscape Architecture - The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.L.A. (2002) - Landscape Architecture - The Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught

  • LARCH 216/321/597: Systems Studio
  • LARCH 315/817: Community Design Studio
  • LARCH 335/837: Planting Methods
  • LARCH 502: Landscape Architecture Theory


  • Computationally assessing existing and proposed ground-nesting bee habitat resiliency.
  • Evaluating the integration of CWPP and county governance wildfire risk reduction best practices across the American West: A plan quality review.
  • Built environment context in on-line learning: applications in ground-based LiDAR and virtual environments.

Honors + Awards

  • American Society of Landscape Architecture Student Merit Award, Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter, Spring 2010
  • Graduate Student Creative Achievement Award, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Arts and Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Spring 2010
  • Olmsted Scholar, The Pennsylvania State University, Spring 2010

  • Penn State Graduate School Poster Exhibition: 2nd Place ($250 Prize), Spring 2010

Exhibitions + Presentations

  • Flohr, Travis, Wu Hong, and Nastaran Tebyanian (2019). "Addressing 'The Challenge of Place in Time' with Geodesign: Example of pollinator habitat resiliency.” American Society of Landscape Architects, Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter Annual Conference, April 12-13. Cranberry Township, PA.
  • Flohr, Travis. (2019). “Wildfire risk reduction: evaluating local government’s implementation of wildfire risk reduction best practices in the American West.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference, March 6-9, Sacramento, CA.
  • Flohr, Travis. (2018). “Flipping a regional design studio: Teaching GIS through an applied studio project in a flipped studio setting.” Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference, March 21-25, 2018, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Flohr, Travis (2017). “A path to wildfire resilient landscapes: changing the wildfire risk modeling paradigm.” Environmental Design Research Association, May 31-June 3, 2017, Madison, WI.



  • Mainzer, S. P., C. A. Cole, & Travis Flohr. (2019). Deep decarbonization and renewable energy in the Appalachian Mountains (DDREAM): A socio-ecological systems approach to evaluating ecological governance. Journal of Socio-Ecological Practice Research. doi:10.1007/s42532-019-00030-6
  • Murtha, Tim, Charles Golden, Ann Cyphers, Alex Klippel, and Travis Flohr. (2018) “Beyond inventory and mapping: LiDAR, landscape, and digital landscape architecture.” Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture. 2018. (3), 249-259.
  • Muller, Brian and Travis Flohr. “A Geodesign Approach to Environmental Design Education: Framing the Pedagogy, Evaluating the Results.” Landscape and Urban Planning – Special Issue. 2016. 156: 101-117. DOI:

Built Works

  • Hagers Crossing - Hagerstown, MD
  • Washington County Regional Hospital - Hagerstown, MD
  • Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts I - Shepherdstown, WV
  • Shepherd University Printz and Dunlop Halls - Shepherdstown, WV
  • Shepherd University Scarborough Library Plaza - Shepherdstown, WV
  • Shepherd University West Campus Athletic Complex and Stormwater Management Upgrades  - Shepherdstown, WV
  • Shepherd University Wellness Center  - Shepherdstown, WV


  • Stuckeman Faculty Council - 2019 - Present
  • Ecology + Design (E+D) Research Initiative - 2019 - Present
  • Undergraduate Curricular Affairs: B.L.A. Assessment - 2018 - Present
  • Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Abstract Reviewer - 2019, 2018, 2016, and 2011
  • Chesapeake Bay Trust Technical Grant Review Committee for Watershed Assistance - 2018
120 sampled counties, stratified into three average income strata
Urban pollinator foraging habitat app mock-up
Planting design pollinator resiliency evaluation app mock-up