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About Zachary Christman

Dr. Christman is a human-environment geographer with specialization in environmental change, especially as it impacts human health and wellbeing. His scholarly research applies the principles and methods of land systems science, interdisciplinary vulnerability analysis, field-based and modeled landscape ecology, and the application and development of geospatial analytical tools, in order to quantify patterns of change across both the natural and social landscapes of the Earth and to understand the associated drivers of these changes and their associated impacts.  He is currently collaborating on projects funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Recovery, the National Institute on Aging, and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, with researchers at the Institute for Successful Aging at the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Rowan School of Engineering to understand the impacts of SuperStorm Sandy on the vulnerable communities of New Jersey.  


2012 - Present Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning, and Sustainability, Rowan University School of Earth & Environment
2011 - 2012 Visiting Assistant Professor, Middlebury College ‐ Department of Geography
2010 - 2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway ‐ Department of Geography

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • ESRI Third-place Award for Best Scientific Paper in Geographic Information Systems for "Error Propagation in Raster Data Integration: Impacts on Landscape Composition and Configuration," PE&RS, 78 (6), 617-624.


  • Geospatial Research Clinic
  • Cartography
  • Geospatial Modeling
  • Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Remote Sensing/Photograph Interpretation
  • Introduction to Mapping and Geographic Information Science


2010 MA, PhD in Geography, Clark University ‐ Graduate School of Geography
2001 BA in Anthropology, Fine Arts minor, University of Pennsylvania ‐ College of Arts and Sciences

Recent Works (2)

Book Chapters (2)

Research Works (4)