Faculty Biography

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment
Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
10 Hawthorne Street, Room 37
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

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

Professor Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger joined IDCE Department at Clark in 2006 after several years of teaching GIS and remote sensing at Mount Holyoke College and Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. from Clark University in 1997. 

Current Research and Teaching

Her 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 preterm births, asthma incidence, heat-related mortality, health disparities 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. Her research makes unique contributions to the field of environmental justice and equality by proposing new spatially-explicit and statistically-grounded methodologies for assessing human vulnerability in the context of negative technological impact or environmental change.

Courses Offered:
IDCE 310: Introduction to GIS
IDCE 388: Advanced Vector GIS
IDCE 391: GISDE Professional Seminar
IDCE 30306: GIS for International Development
IDCE 30393: Seminar in Social Applications of GIS

Selected Publications

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