Geography 2050

Dr. Martin Pasqualetti

American Geographical Society

At Arizona State University, Dr. Martin J. (“Mike”) Pasqualetti is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He is also Co-Director of the Energy Policy Innovation Council (EPIC), and he is a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Dr. Pasqualetti has dedicated his 40-year professional career to studying the geographical dimensions of energy. He has made significant contributions in many areas, including the public acceptance of renewable energy landscapes; the food/energy/water nexus; the environmental costs of energy; and energy education. Dr. Pasqualetti earned BA from UC Berkeley, an MA Louisiana State University, and a PhD from UC Riverside, all in geography. The title of his Ph.D. dissertation, Energy in an Oasis, was one of the first studies to examine the growing conflicts between renewable energy development and existing land use. He has served as the Chair of the Governor’s Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Council, was a founding member of the Arizona Solar Center, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). He is on editorial boards of 10 journals and has advised a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the US Department of Energy, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Research Council, and others. In 2016, was awarded the Alexander and Ilse Melamid gold medal from the American Geographical Society for his international work on energy. In 2018 he was named “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” by the University of California at Riverside.