Faculty Biography

Dr. Ratick

Sam Ratick, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist and Professor Emeritus
Graduate School of Geography
Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477


E-mail: sratick@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
George Perkins Marsh Institute


Sam Ratick served as an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he worked on a forecasting system that assessed current and future effects of economic activity on the environment and the effects of proposed environmental policies on the environment and economy. He also served as the Legislative Assistant for Energy and Environment to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. His academic research work has focused on the development and use of analytical methods and mathematical models to aid the decision process for environmental assessment and management. He has been the principal investigator on grants and contracts from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

He is currently working on projects for EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers on measuring and mapping vulnerability to climate change.  Recent projects also include "Assessing the Vulnerability of Populations to Mercury Emissions," under a grant from the US EPA and the "Organizational Dynamics of the U.S. Logistics Industry: The Impacts of Inter-firm Relations, Technologies, and Globalization" under a grant from the National Science Foundation (with Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama).

Selected Publications:

“A Multi-Criteria GIS Approach to Composite Vulnerability Index Construction for Flood Vulnerability in the Contiguous United States,” (in Press), Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Environmental Change. With Dan Runfola, Julie Blue, Elia Machado, Nupur Hiremath, Nick Giner, Kate White and Jeff Arnold.

"The Maximal Cover Location Model with Hedging: Siting Facilities under Uncertainty, a Lead Poisoning Screening Network for the Dominican Republic." International Regional Science Review, Special Issue: 40 Years of Maximal Cover.  (2015) Published online before print April 7, 2015, doi: 10.1177/0160017615576080.  With  Jeffrey Osleeb and Kangping Si. 

“A spatial decision support system for conservation reserve design: Integrating geographical information systems (GIS) and multi-objective land allocation optimization.” Transactions in GIS , (2014), Volume 18, Issue 6, pages 936–949. With WeiWei Dai 

“The spatial variability of heat-related mortality in Massachusetts,"  Special Issue: The Health Impacts of Global Climate Change: A Geographic Perspective. Applied Geography 33 (2012) 45-52.  With David Hattis and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger.

"Creating an Index to Measure the Vulnerability of Populations Susceptible to Lead Contamination in the Dominican Republic: Evaluating Composite Index Construction Methods."  GeoJournal (2013), My 2. pp. 1-14. doi:10.1007/s10708-011-9414-x. With Jeffrey Osleeb.

"Development of an Interperiod Network Storage Location Allocation (INSLA) Model for the Distribution of Ethanol Biofuels with Application to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad," Journal of Transport Geography 18 (2010) 729-737.  With Jeffrey Osleeb.

"Creating an Index of Vulnerability to Severe Coastal Storms along the North Shore of Boston," Financial Modeling Applications and Data Envelopment Applications: Applications of Management Science, (2009) Volume 13, 143-178.  With Holly Morehouse and Ronald Klimberg.

“Application and Extension of the Moore and ReVelle Hierarchical Maximal Covering Model for Locating Systems of Medical Facilities,” Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, With Jeffery Osleeb and Dai Hozumi.

“Modeling Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Efficient Location/Allocation Decisions,” Computers and Operations Research 35 No.2 (2008): 457 - 474. With Ronald Klimberg.

“Introduction to the Special Issue on Location Modeling, Dedication to Charles S. ReVelle” Computers and Operations Research 35 No.2 (2008): 309 - 312.

“Trust, Transactions, and Inter-firm Relations in the U.S. Logistics Industry.” Economic Geography 83 No. 2 (2007): 159-180. With Yuko Aoyama.

“Organizational Dynamics of the U.S. Logistics Industry: From An Economic Geography Perspective,” 2006, The Professional Geographer, 58(3): 330–343. With Yuko Aoyama and Guido Schwarz.

“Modeling the Impact of Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce on the Organization of the Logistics Industry,” 2005, Geographical Analysis 37. 84-106. With Yuko Aoyama and Guido Schwarz.

“Decision Making and Uncertainty: Bayesian Analysis of Potential Flood Heights,” Geographical Analysis (2002) 34 (2): 112-129. With S. M. Manson and A. R. Solow.