Dr. Kirby E. Calvert
After completing his PhD at Queen’s University (June 2013), Kirby accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Geography at Penn State where he was cross-appointed between the Department of Geography and Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment. As of July 1, Kirby is working as an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Kirby brings expertise in renewable energy policy and planning from both sides of the border, having studied the evolution and implementation of Ontario’s feed-in-tariff program as well as recent developments in the northeast U.S. Generally speaking, his teaching and research program has two parts with some strong overlaps: 1) developing concepts and methods to improve geo-spatial decision support for energy system planning and renewable energy implementation; and 2) interdisciplinary and mixed-method analysis to help understand and anticipate some of the broader geographical impacts (land-use; regional development; etc) of intensive renewable energy development. This work focuses mostly on solar energy and bioenergy in the mid-Atlantic region of North America.