James Wilson

Research Emphasis

Health, Population, GIS and Historical Geography

Specific Research Endeavors

My primary research focuses on using geographic tools for exploring, describing, and modeling problems in health and population. Research in these areas focus on the interrelationships of population, behavior, and the environment that affect human well-being. This also includes describing and modeling coastal populations vulnerable to tropical storm surges and other inundation problems. I am currently expanding my research in two areas: the study of pollution and contamination of water resources and their management in urban systems in both the past and present; and the historical geography of natural history practice, epidemics, biological illustration, and cartography. My regional interests are Southeast Asia and North America.

Frequently Taught Courses

GEOG 256/556: Maps and Mapping/Fundamentals of Mapping
GEOG 430/530: Population, Society, and the Environment/The Geographic Analysis of Population and the Environment
GEOG 432/532: GIS for Public and Environmental Health/Geographic Analysis for Public and Environmental Health

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Stegink-Jansen, C., Collins, P., Lindsey, R., Wilson, J. (2017). A Geographical Workforce Analysis of Hand Therapy in Relation to Population Characteristics. Journal of Hand Therapy. 30(4): 393-396.e1. Oct. – Dec. 2017.

Patel, D., Shibata, T., Wilson, J., Maidin, A. (2016). Challenges in Evaluating PM Concentration Levels, Commuting Exposure, and Mask Efficacy in Reducing PM Exposures in Growing Urban Communities in a Developing Country, Science of the Total Environment. 543:416-424, Feb. 2016.

Shibata, T., Wilson, J., Watson, L., Nikitin, I., Ansariadi, Ane R.L., Maidin, A. (2015). Life in a Landfill Slum, Children’s Health, and the Millennium Development Goals. Science of the Total Environment. 536:408-418, Nov. 2015.

Wilson, J., Neuffer, E. (2015). Estimating Medically Fragile Population Exposures to Tropical Storm Surges. International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research. 2(1) Geospatial Analysis of Disasters and Hazards, article 1.

Shibata, T., Wilson, J.L., Watson, L., LeDuc, A., Meng, C., Ansariadi, Ane R.L., Syamsuar. M., Maidin, A. (2014) Childhood Acute Respiratory Infections and Household Environment in an Eastern Indonesian Urban Setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 12/2014; 11(12):12190-12203.

Watson, L., Shibata, T., Ansariadi, Maidin, A., Nikitin, I., Wilson, J. (2014). Understanding modifiable risk factors associated with childhood diarrhea in an eastern Indonesian urban setting International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. 09/2014; DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2014.951491.

Wilson, J., Little, R., Novick, L. (2013). Estimating Medically Fragile Populations Living in Storm Surge Zones. Journal of Emergency Management, 11(1), 9-24. www.emergencymanagementjournal.com

Mitchell, J., Wilson, J. (2011). Topography, Culture Areas, and Integration of Retired Migrants in a Coastal North Carolina County. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 30(2), 159-172.

Wilson, J., Mansfield, C. J. (2010). Disease, Death, and the Body Politic: An Areal Interpolation Example for Political Epidemiology. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 1(3): 49-68.

Book Chapters

Wilson, J., Borre, K. Accessing and Using Secondary Quantitative Data from the Internet (2017). In J Brett and J Chrzan (eds.) Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition. Brooklyn, New York: Berghahn Books.

Borre, K, Wilson, J. Using Secondary Data in Nutritional Anthropology Research: Enhancing Ethnographic and Formative Research (2017). In J Brett and J Chrzan (eds.) Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition. Brooklyn, New York: Berghahn Books.

Wilson, J., Christopher, M. (2012). Disease, Death, and the Body Politic: an Areal Interpolation Example for Political Epidemiology, in D Albert (ed.), Geospatial Technologies and Advancing Geographic Decision Making: Issues and Trends. pp. 253-272. IGI Global.

James Wilson

Associate Professor

Office: Davis Hall 203


Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Contact Us

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Davis Hall, Room 312

815-753-0631 (undergraduate)
815-753-1943 (graduate)

815-753-1945 (fax)

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