Nina LamNina Lam

Position: Professor & Abraham Distinguished Professor of Louisiana Environmental Studies, Department of Environmental Sciences

Phone: 225-578-6197

Fax: 225-578-4286



Office: 2275 Energy, Coast & Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S.Sc. Geography, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1975

Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Geography, University of Western Ontario, 1976

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Geography, University of Western Ontario, 1980

CV: Curriculum Vita of Nina Lam


Research Interests:

Geographic information science, remote sensing; environmental health, resilience, sustainability.

Classes Taught:

ENVS 4149 Design of Environmental Management Systems
ENVS 7050 Spatial Modeling of Environmental Data
ENVS 7950 Special Topics in Environmental Sciences
GEOG 4045 Environmental Remote Sensing
GEOG 4047 Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4049 Advanced Computer Cartography
GEOG 7973 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 7935 Quantitative Methods for Geographical Analysis

Awards & Honors:

2011 Outstanding Faculty Research Award, School of the Coast and Environment, LSU

2009 LSU Distinguished Research Master Award

2008 LSU Rainmaker (one of the year’s top 100 research and creative faculty at LSU)

2006 LSU Distinguished Faculty Award

2004 Outstanding Contributions in Remote Sensing Award, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Remote Sensing Specialty Group

2003 Keynote speaker, AAG Spatial Analysis and Modeling Group

2002 Prominent Overseas Scholar, University of Hong Kong

2002 Keynote speaker, AAG GIS Specialty group

1984 The Andrew McNally Award. (To honor the best paper published by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping in 1983)

Professional Affiliations and Service Activities

1997- Guest Editor, International Journal of Geographic Information Science (2011-2012), Associate Editor, Geographical Information Science; Editorial boards of these journals: Geographical Analysis, Cartography and GIS, Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2000-2009), The Professional Geographer (2005-2009).

2001-13 Member of four National Research Council (NRC) Committees, nine NSF Review Panels, two NIH Review Panels, and one NASA Review Panel

2005 President, University Consortium on Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)

1996-09 External program reviews (UC Riverside; U Connecticut, U Buffalo, U Minnesota, U Georgia)

Theses/Dissertations Directed and Completed as Major Professor (numbers only):

Geography: 16 PhD and 15 MS
MS in Engineering Sciences (As Co-chair): 3
MNS (Master of Natural Sciences): 2
MS in Environmental Sciences: 8 thesis, 1 non-thesis
Currently serving as major professor of 1 PhD student in Geography and 3 PhD student in Environmental Sciences.

Selected Publications:


LAM NSN, De Cola L, eds. 1993. Fractals in Geography. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. 308p. (Reprinted by Blackburn Press in 2002).

Refereed Articles:

Vinnakota S, LAM NSN. 2006. Socioeconomic inequality of cancer mortality in the United States: a spatial data mining approach.
International Journal of Health Geographics 5:9.

LAM NSN, Liu K B. 1994. Spread of AIDS in rural America, 1982-1990. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 7:485-490.

LAM NSN, Quattrochi DA. 1992. On the issues of scale, resolution, and fractal analysis in the Mapping Sciences.
The Professional Geographer 44(1):89-99.

LAM NSN. 1986. Geographical patterns of cancer mortality in China. Social Science and Medicine 23(3):241-247.

LAM NSN. 1983. Spatial interpolation methods: A review. The American Cartographer 10(2):129-149.

Recent Publications:

LAM NSN, Arenas H, Pace RK, LeSage JP, Campanella R. 2012. Predictors of business return in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  PLoS One 7(10), e47935:1-8.

LAM NSN. 2012. Geospatial methods for reducing uncertainties in environmental health risk assessment. Challenges and opportunities.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102(5):942-950.

Shu Y., LAM NSN, Reams M. 2010. A new method for estimating carbon dioxide emissions from transportation at fine spatial scales.  Environmental Research Letters 5 (201) 044008 (9p), doi:10.10.88/1748-9326/5/4/044008.

LAM NSN, Pace K, Campanella R, LeSage J, Arenas H. 2009. Business return in New Orleans: Decision making amid post-Katrina uncertainty. PLoS One 4(8):e6765. doi:10.1371/Journal.pone.0006765.

LAM NSN, Arenas H, Li Z, Liu KB. 2009. An estimate of population impacted by climate change along the U.S. coast. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 56:1522-1526.