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

Human Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) Program

The Center for the Study of Natural Resource Extraction and Society


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, urban forestry, 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:

  • Characterization of urban heat island dynamics in relation to canopy and impervious surface in Massachusetts Gateway Cities (Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation)
  • Assessment and scoping of infrastructure and extractive industries in relation to deforestation (Climate and Land Use Alliance)
  • Geographic analysis of the territorial overlap between extractive industries and livelihoods in Honduras (Oxfam America)
  • Mapping Beetles, Trees, Neighborhoods, and Policies: A Multi-Scaled, Urban Ecological Assessment of the Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion in New England (HERO) (National Science Foundation)
  • Impact of Extreme Weather Events on the Forests of the Yucatán Peninsula (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

2017: Rogan, J., Steinbrecher Family Senior Research Award (Clark University)

2013: Christman, Z.J., and J. Rogan. ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in Geographic Information Systems (Association of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing)

2012: Fortier, J., J. Rogan and C.E. Woodcock. Boeing Award for Best Paper in Image Analysis and Interpretation (Association of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing).

2008: Rogan., J. Best Paper Award for Early Career Scholars in Remote Sensing (Association of American Geographers Remote Sensing Specialty Group). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA, March 2008

2008: Rogan, J. Hayden Junior Faculty Fellow for excellence in teaching and scholarship (Clark University)

2005: Rogan, J. Clark University Hodgkins Junior Faculty Award (Clark University) 2004: Rogan, J. University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Young Scholars Award.

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

Arakwiye, B., J Rogan, JR Eastman (2021) Thirty years of forest-cover change in Western Rwanda during periods of wars and environmental policy shifts. Regional Environmental Change 21 (2), 1-15.

Ye, S., J Rogan, Z Zhu, JR Eastman (2020) A near-real-time approach for monitoring forest disturbance using Landsat time series: Stochastic continuous change detection. Remote Sensing of Environment 252, 112167.

Elmes, A., J. Rogan, C. Williams, S. Ratick and D Nowak (2019) Modeling the Potential Dispersal of Asian Longhorned Beetle Using Circuit Theory. The Professional Geographer 71 (4), 580-594.

Cuba, N., B. Fash, J. Rogan, A Khan and J. Herrera (2019) Measuring and categorizing the water-related downstream risks associated with mineral extraction in Honduras: How severe, and how distributed? Applied Geography 111, 102070.

Hersh, J., D. Martin, N. Geron and J. Rogan (2019) A Relational Theory of Risk: a Case Study of the Asian Longhorned Beetle Infestation in Worcester, MA. Journal of Risk Research, 1-15.

Breger, B., T.S. Eisenman, M. Kremer, L. Roman, D. Martin and J. Rogan (2019) Urban tree survival and stewardship in a state-managed planting initiative: A case study in Holyoke, Massachusetts Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 43, 126382.

Bebbington, A., D.H. Bebbington, L.A. Sauls, J. Rogan and S Agrawal (2018) Resource extraction and infrastructure threaten forest cover and community rights. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (52), 13164-13173.

Elmes, A., J. Rogan, LA Roman, CA Williams, SJ Ratick, DJ Nowak and D. Martin (2018) Predictors of mortality for juvenile trees in a residential urban-to-rural cohort in Worcester, MA. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 30, 138-151 9.

Ye, S., J. Rogan, F Sangermano (2018) Monitoring rubber plantation expansion using Landsat data time series and a Shapelet-based approach. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 136, 134-143.