Richard L. Church

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Brief Biography

Richard Church is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at UCSB. He specializes in the analysis of problems defined over space and time, including logistics and transportation, location theory, water resource systems, and urban and environmental systems using and developing new techniques in Operations Research, GIS, Decision Theory, and Heuristics. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Church has taught courses in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Management Science and Geography.

Prof. Church has published over 250 papers and research reports in a variety of fields, including Geography, Regional Science, Transportation, Location Science, Environmental Engineering, Operations Research, Forest Science and Water Resources.


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  • Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Environmental Systems Engineering
  • B.S. Lewis and Clark College, Majors in Chemistry and Math

    Research interests

  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Location Theory and Modeling
  • Applied Operations Research
  • Environmental and Water Resource Systems
  • Forest Systems Science, Biological Conservation and Land Management
  • Geographical Systems Science

    Contact Information:

    Richard Church
    Department of Geography
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, California, 93106-4060

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    Phone: 805-881-3060
    Fax:     805-893-2576


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