Faculty Biography

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment
Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
10 Hawthorne Street, Room 37
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 421-3805
Email: yogneva@clarku.edu


Ph.D., Clark University

Current Research and Teaching:

Interests: health applications of GIS and remote sensing, spatial statistics, urban applications of remote sensing, environmental justice issues in the United States, Russia, and other states of the Former Soviet Union, land-use change and environmental degradation.

Courses Offered:
IDCE 388: Vector Analysis
IDCE 371: Digital Image Processing
IDCE396: Advanced Topics in GIS

Professor Ogneva-Himmelberger specializes in remote sensing and spatial analysis. Her doctoral research, which was funded by the U.S. Man and Biosphere Program, focused on linking field interviews and survey data with satellite imagery data to explain and model land-use change in rural southern Mexico. Most recently, Professor Ogneva-Himmelberger taught GIS in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. While there, she also served as GIS Research Specialist in Academic Technology. She was a visiting assistant professor at Mount Holyoke College and has also taught GIS seminars in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Russia.

While at Clark in the 1990s, she participated in the NASA-funded project on predictive modeling of land-use change in southern Mexico, and directed the GIS and remote sensing research group. She has published several journal articles and book chapters in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Ogneva-Himmelberger co-authored a paper with three CDP graduate students (Amar Azucena Cid, Sheryl-Ann Simpson, and Rebecca Dezan) on Pizza joints, health clubs, bus routes, and GIS: Measuring accessibility to health-related community resources and its relationship with urban socio-demographic patterns, which they co-presented at the Association of American Geographers at the annual meeting in Boston (April 2008). Ogneva-Himmelberger presented The value of community-based projects in learning GIS: Students addressing health and food security issues in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA at the “Geography in the Americas: Collaboration on Research and Education” international conference, La Serena, Chile (May 2007).

She co-authored “Diesel particulate matter, lung cancer, and asthma incidences along major traffic corridors in MA, USA: A GIS analysis” to be published in Health and Place Journal in Spring 2008 with her former Tufts University student Jesse McEntee. She also recently received a contract from MIT Press to co-edit a book called Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union with her colleague Julian Agyeman also from Tufts. The book will be published in 2009.

Ogneva-Himmelberger is on the Clark team of researchers (along with Tim Downs and Rob Goble) participating in the National Children’s Study. It is the largest and most long-term study ever conducted on how environmental and genetic factors impact children’s health in the U.S. from birth to the age of 21. Within the Clark team she is leading the effort to use GIS methodology to identify representative areas for sampling within Worcester County and to map and analyze environmental conditions related to population health in Worcester County.

Selected Publications:

“Land Cover and Land Use: Classification and Change Analysis.” 2004. With Chowdhury, R.R., L. Schneider, P. Macario Mendoza, and S. Cortina Villar. In B. L. Turner II, Jacqueline Geoghegan, David R. Foster (eds), Integrated Land-Change Science and Tropical Deforestation in the Southern Yucatan-Final Frontiers, Oxford University Press, pp.105-141.

“Modeling Tropical Deforestation in the Southern Yucatan Peninsular Region: Comparing Survey and Satellite Data.” With G. Geoghegan, S.C. Villar, P. Klepeis, P.M. Mendoza, R.R. Chowdhury, B.L. Turner, C. Vance. 2001. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 85 (1-3): 25-46.

Professional Reports:

“Green Belt versus Red Bricks: Urban Sprawl in Post-Socialist Moscow.” GISPLANET 2005 Conference, Portugal, 2005.

“The Potential for Historic Taro Lo’i to Support Viable Populations of Endangered Hawaiian Waterbirds.” Society for Economic Botany Annual Meeting, Texas, 2005.