Faculty Biography

Rinku Roy Chowdhury

Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: rroychowdhury@clarku.edu
Phone: (508) 421-3828

Curriculum Vitae

Rinku Roy Chowdhury completed her bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Environmental Science at Wellesley College, a master's degree in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development at the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Geography at Clark University. Before returning to Clark in 2015, she taught geography at Indiana University at Bloomington and co-directed the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT). Prior to that she was a faculty member in the University of Miami’s Department of Geography and International Studies and the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.

Current Research

Roy Chowdhury's research focuses on the institutional, ecological and spatial diversity of human-environment interactions in forest-agricultural mosaics (Mexico), urbanizing ecosystems (multiple sites in the U.S.), and coastal mangrove vulnerability to anthropogenic and climate change (the Americas and South Asia). She is particularly interested in linking theoretical, methodological and field-based approaches from the social and ecological sciences to understand smallholder land and agribiodiversity management, how institutional structures and local agency interact to shape landscapes, and the evolution of adaptive strategies in the face of climate and political-economic change. She is active in the U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network (primarily affiliated with the Florida-Coastal Everglades and Baltimore Ecosystem Study sites) and as a member of the Global Land Project's scientific steering committee.

Selected Publications

B. L. Turner II, J. Geoghegan, D. Lawrence, C. Radel, B. Schmook, C. Vance. S. Manson, E. Keys, D. Foster, P. Klepeis, H. Vester, J. Rogan, R. Roy Chowdhury, L. Schneider, R. Dickson, Y. Ogneva-Himmelberger and S. Calmé. N.d. Land system science and the social-environmental system: the case of the Southern Yucatán Peninsular Region Project. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (forthcoming).

(Authors in alphabetical order of last name after lead Gaiser) Gaiser, E.E., E.P. Anderson, E. Castaneda-Moya, L. Collado-Vides, J.W. Fourqurean, M.R. Heithaus, R. Jaffe, D. Lagomasino, N.J. Oehm, R.M. Price, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, R. Roy Chowdhury and T.G. Troxler. n.d. New perspectives on an iconic landscape from comparative international long-term ecological research. Ecosphere6(9): forthcoming.

(Authors in alphabetical order of last name after lead Groffman) Groffman, P.M., J. Cavender-Bares, N.D. Bettez, J.M. Grove, S.J. Hall, J.B. Heffernan, S.E. Hobbie, K.L. Larson, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K. Nelson, J. O’Neill-Dunne, L. Ogden, D.E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. Roy Chowdhury and M. Steele. 2014. Ecological homogenization of urban America. Frontiers in Ecology & Environment12(1): 74–81.

Onsted, J. and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2014. Does zoning matter? A comparative analysis of landscape change in Redland, Florida using cellular automata. Landscape and Urban Planning121: 1-18.

Hetrick, S., R. Roy Chowdhury, E. Brondizio and E. Moran. 2013. Spatiotemporal patterns and socioeconomic contexts of vegetative cover in Altamira City, Brazil. LAND2(4): 774-796.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2013. The Intersection of Independent Lies: Land Change Science and Cultural and Political Ecology. Chapter 12 in C. Brannstrom and J. Vadjunec (eds.) Land Change Science and Political Ecology: Synergies and Divergences. Routledge. pp 224-240.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2012. Revisiting the environmental Kuznets curve: An introduction to the special issue. Journal of Applied Geography32:1-2.

Roy Chowdhury, R. and E.F. Moran. 2012. Turning the curve: A theoretical, methodological and empirical review of Kuznets approaches. Journal of Applied Geography32:3-11.

Brondizio, E. and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2012. Human-Environment Research: Past trends, current challenges and future directions. Chapter 17 in E.S. Brondizio and E. F. Moran (eds.) Human-Environment Interactions: Current and Future Directions. Springer Scientific Publishers. pp 391-400.

Roy Chowdhury, R, K. Larson, J.M. Grove, C. Polsky, E. Cook J. Onsted and L. Ogden. 2011. A multi-scalar approach to theorizing socio-ecological dynamics of urban residential landscapes. Cities and the Environment (CATE) 4(1): Article 6. Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol4/iss1/6

Hernandez, M., R. Roy Chowdhury, L. Fleming and D. Griffith. 2011. Colorectal cancer and socioeconomic status in Miami-Dade County: Neighborhood-level associations before and after the Welfare Reform Act. Journal of Applied Geography31(3):1019-1025.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2010. Differentiation and concordance in smallholder land use strategies in southern Mexico's conservation frontier. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA107:5780–5785.

C. Radel, B. Schmook and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2010. Agricultural livelihood diversification in the southern Yucatán region: Diverging paths with implications for environmental change. Regional Environmental Change10(3): 205-218.

Brondízio, E. and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2010. Spatio-temporal methodologies in Environmental Anthropology: Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, landscape changes and local knowledge. In Ismael Vaccaro, Eric Alden Smith and Shankar Aswani, eds. Society and Environment: Methods and Research Design. Cambridge University Press. pp. 266-298.

Impoinvil, D.E., J. Keating, C.M. Mbogo, M.D. Potts, R. Roy Chowdhury and J.C. Beier. 2008. Abundance of immature Anopheles and culicines (Diptera: Culicidae) in different water body types in the urban environment of Malindi, Kenya. Journal of Vector Ecology33(1): 107-116.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2007. Household land management and biodiversity: Secondary succession in a forest-agriculture mosaic in southern Mexico. Ecology and Society 12(2): 31. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol12/iss2/art31/

Impoinvil, D.E., J. Keating, R. Roy Chowdhury, R. Duncan, G. Cardenas, S. Ahmad, C. M. Mbogo, J. I. Githure and J. C. Beier. 2007. The association between distance to water pipes and water bodies positive for anopheline mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the urban community of Malindi, Kenya. Journal of Vector Ecology32(2): 319-327.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2006. Driving forces of tropical deforestation: The role of remote sensing and spatial models. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography27(1): 82-101.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2006. Landscape change in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico: Modeling the driving forces of smallholder deforestation in land parcels. Applied Geography26(2): 129-152.

Roy Chowdhury, R. and B. L. Turner II. 2006. Reconciling agency and structure in empirical analysis: Smallholder land use in the southern Yucatán, Mexico. Annals of the Association of American Geographers96(2): 302-322.

Keys, E. and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2006. Cash crops, smallholder decision making and institutional interactions in a closing frontier, Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico. Journal of Latin American Geography5(2): 75-90.

Fuller, D.O and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2006. Monitoring and modelling tropical deforestation: Introduction to the special issue. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 27(1): 1-3.