Diana Richardson

Diana Richardson

Lecturer of Geography

Storm Hall 321
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493


After working for various public and private agencies in environmental and land use planning, as well as for the National Park Service, Diana Gauss Richardson began teaching as a lecturer in 1988 with one class, and 30 years later was a full-time instructor, Internship Coordinator and Undergraduate Adviser. Retiring in July, 2018, Diana enjoyed this career immensely, and loved working with the students and within the Department of Geography. Her focus was on environmental resource conservation and land use analysis and planning. She incorporated experiential learning into as many classes as possible, with field trips to Yosemite National Park and regions/parks within the southwestern U.S. into as many classes as possible. Her students worked on “real life” projects for various public agencies in San Diego, contributing to planning and sustainable development. The hundreds of interns she supervised were placed within public and private organizations throughout the San Diego region, and many of those students are now hiring their own Geography interns! Diana is looking forward to continuing her connections with the University, and to the freedoms and opportunities that retirement brings. She may be “retired”, but she will continue to be a contributing presence in University life.

  • M.A., Geography, San Diego State University, 1983
  • B.S., Recreation, San Diego State University, 1978
  • GEOG 101: Earth’s Physical Environment
  • GEOG 312: Culture Worlds
  • GEOG 321: United States
  • GEOG 370: Conservation Science and Policy
  • GEOG 395: Introduction to the Major
  • GEOG 426: Regional Field Studies
  • GEOG 495: Geography Capstone
  • GEOG 570: Environmental Conservation Practice
  • GEOG 572: Land Use Analysis
  • GEOG 575: Geography of Recreational Land Use