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Siska named director of School of Agriculture and Geosciences

Austin Peay officials have announced the appointment of a new director of the School of Agriculture and Geosciences.

Dr. Peter Paul Siska assumed these responsibilities in early August, succeeding Dr. James Goode, who served as interim director last year.
Austin Peay officials have announced the appointment of a new director of the School of Agriculture and Geosciences.

Dr. Peter Paul Siska assumed these responsibilities in early August, succeeding Dr. James Goode, who served as interim director last year.

Siska came to APSU from Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas, where he had been a researcher and scientist in geospatial analysis and modeling. He contributed significantly to the east Texas Forest inventory and analysis project. Since 2002, he has worked to develop a collaborative research with NASA, using profiling lasers for biometric measurements and forest inventory.

Siska holds two doctorates. He earned a Ph.D. in GIS/Forestry from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in regional geography from Komensk University Bratislava in the Slovak Republic. From the Komensk University Bratislava, he also received his master's in geography and bachelor's degree in environmental and physical geography.

Dr. Gaines Hunt, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, says, “Dr. Siska brings a wealth of experience and education to the leadership role as director of the School of Agriculture and Geosciences, and we are pleased to have him aboard.”

Proficient in English, Slovak, German and Russian, Siska has published numerous scholarly articles in international journals, as well as in reviewed and conference proceedings. He also has reviewed books for their publishers, including a 16-page review of “Introduction to GIS” for McGraw-Hill Publishers in 2003.

In addition to publications, Siska has made many professional presentations and has authored several successful research grants.

Among his professional activities, he is a member of the Association of American Geographers, American Society for Photogrametry and Engineering and the Society of American Foresters.
—Dennie Burke