Dr. Jun Tu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology. Dr. Tu received his 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 his M.E. and B.S. in Earth Science from Nanjing University, China. He also received a Certificate in Urban Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, The Netherlands. He had worked as an environmental scientist in Nanjing, China for five years before coming to the U.S.
His teaching interests include physical geography, environmental studies, and GIS applications. Current research interests include the integration of GIS, spatial statistics, and modeling with environmental studies, and the impact of urbanization on natural environment and public health. He has published more than 30 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 and water quality in Massachusetts, to environmental health in New York City. He has served as a peer reviewer for more than 40 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, and Science of the Total Environment.
He is currently working on projects that study the combined impact of urbanization and climate change on water resources in northern Georgia, and explore the spatial association between environmental and socioeconomic factors and birth defects in the state of Georgia using GIS analysis, spatial statistics, and environmental modeling.