223E Johnson Hall
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Memphis 38152
Phone: 678 2238
The SAGE Lab currently has one Dell web server, five Dell workstations with dual screens
designed for intensive computing, image processing, simulation, and visualization, one color
laser printer, one big size map plotter, one scanner, one laptop, and four GPS systems.
Main remote sensing and GIS software includes ArcGIS and Erdas/Imagine. A variety of
statistics, mathematics, computer languages, and neural network and data mining software are
also available, such as SPSS, SAS, and S-Plus.
The Spatial Analysis and Geographic Education Laboratory (SAGE), located in the Department
of Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis, focuses on GIScience research and geography
education and outreach.
SAGE laboratory has extensive international connections and promotes international geography
education by conducting GIS & RS research in various countries abroad such as Latvia, Turkey,
Norway, Russia, and China. Through our research projects, we offer study abroad opportunities
to both undergraduate and graduate students.
We foster training of teachers in the Memphis Chapter of Tennessee Geography Alliance in the
areas of GIS and geospatial technologies. We do geocaching with local highschools.
Esra Ozdenerol, Director
Dr. Esra Özdenerol is an Associate Professor in the Earth Sciences Department at the
University of Memphis. She is the Director of Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information
Systems. She served as Associate Director of Benjamin L. Hooks Institute between 2010 and 2012. Her research lies in the
intersection of human-environmental interaction, medical geography, health disparities,
landscape ecology, and (at times) GIS and visualization. She primarily investigates spatial
analytical methods and applied GIS.
office: 236 Johnson Hall
Dr. Özdenerol grew up in Ankara, Turkey. She obtained her BS degree (Landscape
Architecture) in 1993 at the University of Ankara and MLA degree (Landscape Architecture) in
1996 at Louisiana State University. She completed her PhD in Geography in 2000 at Louisiana
State University under Professor Nina Lam. Since beginning her tenure-track appointment in the
University of Memphis, she has worked on developing an accurate integrated spatial morbidity
database using GIS. She found spatial clusters of infant low birth weight in Memphis and the
results were published in 2005 in the International Journal of Health Geographics. She
published a paper integrating spatial analytical methods with multi-level statistical analysis in
2006 in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. In 2006, she was
invited to a workshop by the National Academies of Science on the Contribution of Remote
Sensing for Decisions about Human Welfare held in Washington, D.C. In 2007, she was
recognized as a “Health Research Fellow” by the University of Memphis for the potential of her
active research agenda. She co-wrote a review on liver disease and air pollution that has been
published in the Journal of Immuntoxicology in 2008. Her recent work in exploring infectious
diseases (West Nile Virus), fusing remotely sensed data with traditional land-base data (e.g.,
settlement and population data) was published in the International Journal of Health
Geographics in March, 2008.
In the last two years, she has worked on applying internet-GIS applications to disseminate civil
rights events in the Mid-South. She is an affiliated faculty at the Ecological Research Center of
University of Memphis and works with her students using GIS, GPS and RS techniques to
develop models to eradicate the Chinese privet an invasive plant from Shelby Farms
ecosystem, an urban park in Memphis.
Dr. Ozdenerol is also an Adjunct faculty of University of Tennessee Health Science Center and
collaborates with the Consortium for Health Education, Economic Empowerment and Research
(CHEER) on applications of GIS to community-based participatory health disparities research.
Over the past decade her work has been focused primarily in the Southern United States, but
recently she has expanded her activities to Turkey and Eastern Europe by acquiring health data
and collaborating with international institutions. Her future research will maximize the potential
of applying GIS and remotely sensed data to decisions about health and health care in this
Dr. Ozdenerol teaches the following classes: ESCI 4515/6515, Geographic Information Science;
ESCI4525/6525, Advanced GIS; ESCI 7504/8504, GIS Seminar; ESCI 7311 GIS Applications to
Human Health, ESCI 1301 Surveys of World regions.
We conduct research centered on advancing Geographic Information Science (GISc) approaches to understanding human, natural, and human-environment systems. We engage in research in areas such as:
GIS and Spatial Analysis
Medical Geography, Spatial Epidemiology, Mapping Health Disparities and Human Rights
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
Internet-GIS, Public Participation GIS
Landscape Ecology and Natural Resource Management
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