Teresa A. Bertossi

Portrait of smiling white woman in blue shirt: Teresa Bertossi.
Professional Title
Assistant Professor in ES and Geography, Director of Research Education and Outreach at the UMD Land Lab

Dr. Bertossi is a professor of sustainability and environmental studies with over ten years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental studies, sustainability, geography, geographic research, food systems, and connected learning curriculum in higher education.  

She strives to contribute to equitable educational change and building a more just and sustainable future through a socially and environmentally oriented lens.  Her teaching approach includes interdisciplinary, applied, community-based, and student-centered learning that addresses important global and local issues. 

Her teaching and research examine the interactions between social, economic, and ecological sustainability as well as social equity, bio-cultural diversities and sustainable food systems, specifically focused on economically marginalized communities.  She is especially interested in the creative spaces from where resilience and transformation grow within those communities. 

She is currently researching social ecological resilience in rural Lake Superior communities, building farm-based authentic research modules in the sustainability sciences (FARMS), and training students in sustainable agriculture techniques at the UMD Land Lab.

She has experience outside of academia in natural resources analysis and land management; endangered species management; sustainable food systems; sustainable community development; sustainability education; mining policy, and building diverse economies.

Currently Teaching Fall 2021

  • ES 3100 Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems (Lecture and Lab, Two Sections)
  • ES 2005  Introduction to Environment and Sustainability

Courses Taught at UMD

  • ES 3200 Environmental and Ecological Justice (Spring)
  • ES 3500 Ecological Economics (Spring)
  • ES 2100  Western Lake Superior Sustainable Food Systems Field-Based Practicum (Summer)

Courses Taught Prior to Working at UMD

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Human Geography
  • Introduction to Geographic Research
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Urban Geography
  • Population Geography


Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainability Education (Economic and Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity Concentration), Prescott College, Prescott, AZ

Master of Science in Geography (Environmental and Resource Analysis Concentration), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Bachelors of Geography, (Conservation Concentration with a Minor in Art and Design), Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI