Welcome! I am Jun Tu and I am an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies in the Department of Geography and Anthropology. I received my Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography Specialization) from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, and my M.E. and B.S. from the Department of Earth Sciences at Nanjing University, China. I also received a Certificate in Urban Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, The Netherlands. I had worked as an environmental scientist in Nanjing, China for five years before coming to the U.S.
My teaching interests include physical geography, environmental studies, and GIS applications. The courses I taught at KSU include Weather and Climate, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Global Climate Change, Geography of Asia, and GIS Application in Water Resources, etc.
Current research interests include the integration of GIS, spatial statistics, and modeling with environmental and health studies, and the impact of urbanization on natural environment and public health. I have published more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Environment International, Journal of Hydrology, Applied Geography, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Management, Atmospheric Environment, and Atmospheric Research on various environmental topics ranging from air quality in china, water quality in Massachusetts and Georgia, to environmental health in New York City and Georgia. I have served as a peer reviewer for more than 40 international journals in the fields of environmental studies and geography, including Applied Geography, Atmospheric Environment, Atmospheric Research, Journal of Environmental Management, Landscape and Urban Planning, and Science of the Total Environment.
I am currently working on projects that study the combined impact of urbanization and climate change on water resources in northern Georgia, and explore the spatial association between environmental and socioeconomic factors and birth defects in the state of Georgia using GIS analysis, spatial statistics, and environmental modeling.
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