Faculty Biography

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment
Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Geography
Coordinator, MSGIS Program

Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
10 Hawthorne Street, Room 44 
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

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

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger joined the faculty in 2006 after several years of teaching GIS and remote sensing at Mount Holyoke College and Tufts University. She received Ph.D. from Clark University, and B.A./M.A. degrees in Geography with distinction from Moscow State University. 

Current Research and Teaching

Yelena’s research lies at the intersection of Geographic Information Science, human-environment geography, and public health. She uses advanced techniques of spatial analysis (e.g., spatial clustering and hot spot analysis, spatial statistics, and spatial regression) to address a broad range of urgent social, environmental, and health issues such as adverse birth outcomes, asthma incidence, heat-related mortality, health disparities, crime and noise pollution.  Many of her research projects are driven by local community needs, and involve collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including local government officials, medical professionals, and community organizations. Yelena is tri-lingual and conducted research and GIS trainings in Mexico, Costa Rica, Russia, India, and Ukraine.

Courses Offered:

IDCE 310: Introduction to GIS
IDCE 388: Advanced Vector GIS
IDCE 391: M.S. GIS Professional Seminar
IDCE 30306: GIS for International Development
IDCE 30393: Social Applications of GIS

Selected Publications

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y.; Ross, L.; Caywood, T.; Khananayev, M.; Starr, C. Analyzing the Relationship between Perception of Safety and Reported Crime in an Urban Neighborhood Using GIS and Sketch Maps. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8, 531. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8120531

Laurie Ross, Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger and Casey Starr, 2019.  The Use of Geographic Information Systems for Real-Time Monitoring of Comprehensive Community Initiatives. Justice Research and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525107119843259

B. Claus Henn, Y. Ogneva-Himmelberger, A. Denehy , M. Randall , N.Cordon , B. Basu , B. Caccavale , S. Covino , R. Hanumantha , K. Longo , A. Maiorano , S. Pillsbury , G. Rigutto , K. Shields , M. Sarkis  and T. J. Downs, 2017. Integrated Assessment of Shallow-Aquifer Vulnerability to Multiple Contaminants and Drinking-Water Exposure Pathways in Holliston, Massachusetts. Water, 10 (1): 23; doi:10.3390/w10010023 

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y., Dahlberg, T*., Kelly, K., and Moore Simas, T., 2015. Using Geographic Information Science to Explore Associations between Air Pollution, Environmental Amenities, and Preterm Births. AIMS Public Health, 2(3): 469-486. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2015.3.469

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y. and Huang, L*. 2015. Spatial distribution of unconventional gas wells and human populations in the Marcellus Shale in the United States: Vulnerability analysis. Applied Geography, 60: 165-174. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.03.011  

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y., L. Huang*, H. Xin*. 2015. CALPUFF and CAFOs: Air Pollution Modeling and Environmental Justice Analysis in the North Carolina Hog Industry. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 4(1), 150-171; doi:10.3390/ijgi4010150

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y., Meng, F.* 2014. Geospatial analysis of neighborhood characteristics and access to fresh produce: The role of farmers’ markets and roadside farm stands. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 5(3):68-81.DOI: 10.4018/ijagr.2014070105 

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y., R. Rakshit* and H. Pearsall *, 2013. Examining the impact of environmental factors on quality of life across Massachusetts. Professional Geographer 65(1): 87-102. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2011.639631

Downs T.J., Ogneva-Himmelberger Y., Aupont O., Wang Y.*, Raj A.*, Zimmerman P.*, et al. 2010. Vulnerability-based Spatial Sampling Stratification for the National Children’s Study-Worcester County, Massachusetts: Capturing Environmental and Socio-Demographic Variability. Environmental Health Perspectives 118 (9): 1318-1325.doi:10.1289/ehp.0901315 

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y., Ross, L., Burdick, W. * and Simpson, S*. 2010 Using Geographic Information Systems to Compare the Concentration of Stores Selling Tobacco and Alcohol:  Youth Making an Argument for Increased Regulation of the Tobacco Permitting Process in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tobacco Control 19:475-480. doi:10.1136/tc.2008.029173

Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y. and Cooperman, B.* 2010. Spatio-temporal analysis of noise pollution near Boston Logan airport: Who carries the cost? Urban Studies, 47: 169-182. doi:10.1177/0042098009346863