Welcome! I am Jun Tu, Professor of Geography, Geospatial Sciences, 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.
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, GIS Application in Water Resources, and GIS in Public Health, etc.
Current research interests include the integration of GIS, spatial statistics, and modeling with environmental and health studies, and the impact of urbanization and climate change 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 60 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, Professional Geographer, 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 spatiotemporal associations between environmental and socioeconomic factors and birth defects in the state of Georgia using GIS analysis, spatial statistics, and environmental modeling. I have also collaborated with researchers from the University of Georgia, Augusta University, and community workers from Athens-Clarke County on "The Climate Resilience Project through Technology and Transportation Innovation" funded by The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation. The goal was to evaluate and improve community preparedness in response to the growing severity of environmental disaster and the region’s increasing population in Athens-Clarke County.
My research has been cited for over 2300 times by scholars around the world. Please read my Google Scholar Profile.