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 282/GEOG 382 - Advanced Remote Sensing
GEOG 232/GEOG 332/IDCE 30214 - Landscape Ecology
GEOG 336: Wildlife Conservation GIS Research Seminar

Recent Publications

Syphard, A. D., Keeley, J. E., Gough, M., Lazarz, M., & Rogan, J. (2022). What makes wildfires destructive in california? Fire, 5(5) doi:10.3390/fire5050133

Cuba, N., Sauls, L. A., Bebbington, A. J., Bebbington, D. H., Chicchon, A., Marimón, P. D., . . . Zalles, V. (2022). Emerging hot spot analysis to indicate forest conservation priorities and efficacy on regional to continental scales: A study of forest change in selva maya 2000-2020. Environmental Research Communications, 4(7) doi:10.1088/2515-7620/ac82de

Healy, M., Rogan, J., Roman, L. A., Nix, S., Martin, D. G., & Geron, N. (2022). Historical urban tree canopy cover change in two post-industrial cities. Environmental Management, 70(1), 16-34. doi:10.1007/s00267-022-01614-x