Tom Saladyga

Saladyga, Thomas

Title: Professor of Geography

College: College of Science, Mathematics, and Health

Department: Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences

Phone: 304-384-6040

Discipline: Geography

Room: Marsh Hall 125B

Box: F-42

Saladyga, Thomas


Dr. Saladyga teaches courses in physical and environmental geography at Concord. His research utilizes dendrochronology (tree-ring science) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to examine forest ecosystem stability and resilience in the context of changing climate, land use, and/or management strategies. For more information, check out the Environmental Geography Lab at: is external).


  • Ph.D., West Virginia University (2011)
  • M.A., West Chester University (2006)
  • B.S., The Pennsylvania State University (2002)


Example publications – Complete list at

Saladyga, T., K.A. Palmquist, and C.M. Bacon. 2022. Fire history and vegetation data reveal ecological benefits of recent mixed-severity fires in the Cumberland Mountains, West Virginia, USA. Fire Ecology. 18: 19.

Saladyga, T. and R.S. Maxwell. 2021. A multi-century fire history from the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. Southeastern Geographer. 61(3): 258-278. https://doi:10.1353/sgo.2021.0019

Saladyga, T., J. Vanderhorst, and J. Cline. 2020. Successional dynamics of an Appalachian pin oak (Quercus palustris Munchh.) swamp forest. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 147(1): 22-37.

Saladyga, T. and A. Standlee. 2018. Historical drivers and contemporary perceptions of wildfire in a post-industrial rural landscape. Fire. 1(2): 33.

Saladyga, T., A.E. Hessl, N. Pederson, and B. Nachin. 2013. Privatization, drought, and fire exclusion in the Tuul River watershed, Mongolia. Ecosystems. 16: 1139-1151.