Faculty Biography

John Rogan

John Rogan, Ph.D.

Professor of Geography
Adjunct Professor of Biology
Graduate School of Geography
Department of Biology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: #104, Jefferson Academic Center
Phone: (508) 793-7562
Email: jrogan@clarku.edu
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Curriculum Vitae

John Rogan joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in Fall 2003. Dr. Rogan received his Ph.D. (Geography) degree from the joint doctoral program at San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was funded by a research grant from NASA's Land Cover and Land Use Change Program. He received M.A. and B.A. degrees (Geography) from the University of Arizona.

Current Research and Teaching

John is a geographer specializing in landscape ecology, fire ecology, optical remote sensing and GIScience. Recent research projects have involved monitoring land cover change in California using remote sensing date, mapping wildfire burn severity in southern California and southeastern Arizona, and mapping forest types in Massachusetts using multi-season Landsat data. John is currently working on three funded research projects:

  • mapping tropical fire in the southern Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) using MODIS active fire data (NASA Land Use and Land Cover Change Program)
  • mapping emerald ash borer effects using hyperspectral imagery in the greater Detroit region (in association with USDA-APHIS and Clark Labs)
  • characterizing the impact of weather extremes in southern Yucatan Peninsula to understand ecosystem and landscape-level responses, and to increase the technical and scientific capactity of protected area agencies at Calakmul and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserves (Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation)

Courses Offered

GEOG 087 Introduction to Environmental Information Systems/Lecture, Laboratory
GEOG 234/GEOG 334 - The Geography of Fire/Lecture
GEOG 282/GEOG 382 - Advanced Remote Sensing/Lecture, Laboratory
GEOG 232/GEOG 332/IDCE 30214 - Landscape Ecology/Lecture, Laboratory

Awards and Honors

Best Paper Award for Early Career Scholars in Remote Sensing (Association of American Geographers Remote Sensing Specialty Group), 2008.

2007-08 Hayden Junior Faculty Fellow for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Best Paper Award-International Geographic Information Foundation (IGIF). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA, March 12-17, 2003.

University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Young Scholars Award, 2004.

LEICA Geosystems Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing (Association of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), 2004.

University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Young Scholars Award, 2004.

Clark University Hodgkins Junior Faculty Award, 2005.

News and Events

Interviewed and quoted in The Telegram & Gazette on the topic of the 2008 New England ice storm.

Interviewed and quoted in The Landmark newspaper on the topic of the 2008 New England ice storm.

Interviewed and quoted in The Christian Science Monitor on the topic of California Wildfires.

Interviewed and quoted in The Canberra Times newspaper (Australia) on the topic of California Wildfires.

Recent Publications

Brenner, J. C., Z. Christman, and J. Rogan (2012).  Segmentation of Landsat Thematic Mapper Imagery Improves Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) Pasture Mapping in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico. Applied Geography (accepted; in press).

Christman, Z., and J. Rogan (2012). Error propagation in raster data integration: impacts on landscape composition and configuration. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (accepted; in press).

Mardero, S., E. Nickl, B. Schmook, L. Schneider, J. Rogan, Z. Christman, and D. Lawrence (2012). Sequías en el Sur de la Península de Yucatán: Análisis de la variabilidad  anual y estacional de la precipitación. Investigaciones Geográficas

McCauley, S., Rogan, J., and Miller, J. (2012).  Modeling Forest Species Distributions in a Human-Dominated Landscape in Northeastern, USA. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (accepted; in press).

Giner, N.M., Rogan, J., (2012) . A comparison of Landsat ETM+ and High-Resolution Aerial Orthophotos to Map Urban/Suburban Forest Cover in Massachusetts, USA." Remote Sensing Letters: 3(8) pp. 667-676.

Rodriguez-Galiano, V., Ghimere, B., Rogan, J., Chica-Olmo, M., and Rigol-Sanchez, J.P. (2012). An assessment of the effectiveness of a random forest classifier for land-cover classification. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 67: 93-104

Griffin, C. G., K. E. Frey, J. Rogan, and R. M. Holmes (2011), Spatial and interannual variability of dissolved organic matter in the Kolyma River, East Siberia, observed using satellite imagery, J. Geophys. Res., 116, G03018, doi:10.1029/2010JG001634.

Griffin, S., Rogan, J., Runfola, D.M., (2011). Application of Spectral and Environmental Variables to Map the Kissimmee Prairie Ecosystem using Classification Trees. GIScience & Remote Sensing: 48(3)

Neeti N., Rogan J., Christman Z., Eastman J.R., Millones M., Schneider L., Nickl E., Schmook B., Turner II B. L., Ghimire B. (2012). Mapping seasonal trends in vegetation using AVHRR-NDVI time series in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Remote Sensing Letters. 3(5): 433-442.

Schmook B., Palmer Dickson R., Sangermano F., Vadjunec J.M., Eastman J.R., Rogan J. (2011). A step-wise land-cover classification of the tropical forests of the Southern Yucatán, Mexico. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 32(4): 1139-1164.

Taus, A., Ogneva-Himmelberger, Y., and Rogan, J., (2012), Conversion to Organic Farming in the Continental United States: A Geographically Weighted Regression Analysis. Professional Geographer (accepted; in press).

Vandecar K.L., Lawrence D., Richards D., Schneider L., Rogan J., Schmook B., Wilbur H. (2011). High mortality for rare species following hurricane disturbance in the Southern Yucatan. Biotropica. 43(6): 676–684.