Emariana Widner is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at Kent State University who joined the faculty in 2009. She teaches courses on GIS, geovisualization, cities and urbanization and environmental geography. Her research interests lie in biogeography, urbanization, ecological systems, environmental philosophy and conservation.
Within these areas, she has focused on species response to human-influenced land use change and urban ecology. She is also interested in understanding environmental perceptions, citizen action, and how these elements affect the political process and policy decisions. She believes that the proliferation of urban systems, concurrent with human population growth, makes cities the new wilderness for species conservation and her work is aimed at identifying and creating sustainable solutions for people and wildlife.