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Faculty in the population and health domain (PH) study human demographic and health events, especially as they relate to the environment, space, and place. Demographic and health events include classic measures of population change (fertility, mortality, migration), as well as other topics including social demography (educational inequality, immigrant integration, etc.), family demography (union formation and dissolution, family time use, etc.), urban demography (segregation, neighborhood change, etc.), and population health (health outcomes, health behaviors, etc.). All such events are embedded in social, economic, political, environmental, and cultural contexts, making our approach inherently interdisciplinary. As geographers, we focus on the interplay between demographic and health events and the environment, space, and place. To understand these events, we analyze primary and secondary data on local, U.S., and international contexts--including survey data, spatial data, and remote sensing data--using quantitative methods such as network analysis, multilevel modeling, and forecasting models.

 Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor
Professor Ackert conducts research in the areas of population geography, immigration, health geography, and urban geography using quantitative social science research methods.
I explore how agricultural, trade, and conservation policy affects human and environmental outcomes.
Associate Professor
The central focus of my research is on geographic mobility, sexual health, and HIV prevention mostly among sexual and gender minorities.
Human-environment dynamics, population, health, environment, livelihoods, land use, impacts, vulnerability, resilience, planetary health.
Department Vice Chair
GIScience, location modeling, spatial optimization, spatial analytics, regional science, natural resource management and emergency response.
Department Chair
Problems associated with poverty and interregional differences in development trajectories. These interests are manifest in, and interact with, aspects of demography (fertility, family formation, migration), health (morbidity), livelihood (especially agriculturists), and gender.