For the past 16 years, I've researched how the physical environment influences human health and well-being. I am a co-author of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework. This framework comprised a small portion of the President’s Climate Action Plan (2012). I frequently work with health departments to understand and adapt to climate change.
Extreme Heat & Vulnerability
Extreme heat events cause more U.S. deaths (~600-1800) per year than any other weather hazard
Adapting to Climate Change
Three out of four U.S. health departments state they lack the expertise to understand how climate change will impact health
Mosquitoborne Disease (Dengue, West Nile Virus)
Dengue is the most important virus transmitted by a mosquito.
In the U.S., untreated or minimally treated drinking water is delivered to 20 million people.
Social Determinants of Health, Spatial Modeling, Life Expectancy, GIS
Which social determinants of health are most strongly associated with life expectancy rates at the census tract level in Florida?
How do the social determinants of health contribute to the observed variation in life expectancy rates in Florida?
Alumni (Reverse Chronological Order)
Jihoon Jung (2019): Currently Postdoctoral Fellow @ University of Washington
Frank Annie (2019): Currently @ Charleston Area Medical Center
Karen Wertz (2018) ABD: Currently @ the U.S. Department of Defense
Note to Prospective Students
Thank you for your interest!
I will be on sabbatical in 2020-21. My lab will be accepting new students starting in Fall of 2021.
Understanding how global environmental change may impact public health requires social, physical, and public health knowledge. Geography, which encompasses many of these perspectives, is well-positioned to train the next-generation of leaders.
Graduate students often find it beneficial to study a topic related to my research agenda. Intuitively, I can provide better subject-area advice and access to a broader network of project partners. Every two out of three studies I conduct uses existing data collected by other institutions. The rest of my research relies upon observational field studies and social surveys. My laboratory includes basic equipment for conducting heat exposure and mosquito field studies.
The FSU Geography Program admits a couple of funded international students per year. There are fewer funded international compared to domestic student positions. That being said, I am currently working with one international student.
Please refer to the FSU Department of Geography webpage for more information on how to apply to the graduate program. Information about degree requirements and transferring credit can be found in the Graduate Student Guide.
If you are interested in working with me, please send me an email before you submit your application that includes: