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Dr. Yu Sun

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 678-717-3862

Office: Science 253, Gainesville

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1111K - Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 1101 - Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEOG 1102 - World Regional Geography
  • GISC 2011/L - Geographic Information Science/Lab
  • GISC 4470K - Spatial Analysis in GIS
  • GISC 4983 - Internship in GIS


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Cincinnati, 2014
  • M.A., Geography, University of Cincinnati, 2009
  • B.S., Geoinformatics, Department of Geoinformatics and Surveying Engineering, College of Civil Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China, 2006

Research/Special Interests

GIS, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Modeling, Human-Environment Interactions, Watershed Modeling and Sustainable Water Resource Management, Land Use/Cover Change, Climate Change, Regional Planning, Population and Public Health, Civil Engineering and Surveying


  • Sun, Y., S. T. Y. Tong, M. Fang, and Y. J. Yang. 2013. Exploring the effects of population growth on future land use change at the Las Vegas Wash watershed: an integrated approach of geospatial modeling and analytics. Environment, Development and Sustainability 15: 1495-1515
  •  Tong, S. T. Y., Y. Sun, and Y. J. Yang. 2012. Generating a future land use change scenario with a modified population-coupled Markov cellular automata model. Journal of Environmental Informatics 19(2):108-119
  •  Tong, S. T. Y., Y. Sun, T. Ranatunga, J. He, and Y. J. Yang. 2011. Predicting plausible impacts of sets of climate and land use change scenarios on water resources. Applied Geography 32: 477-489
  •  Ranatunga, T., S. T. Y. Tong, Y. Sun, and Y. J. Yang. 2014. A total water management analysis of the Las Vegas Wash watershed, Nevada. Physical Geography 35(3): 220-244
  •  Sun, X., X. Shu, Z. Zong, J. Mao, Y. Sun, and N. Hearst. 2015. Unmet sexual and reproductive health needs of women aged 50-64 in rural China. Menopause-The Journal of The North American Menopause Society 22(5): 505-511

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati
  • Research Assistant, University of Cincinnati & U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Teaching Assistant & Lab Instructor, University of Cincinnati
  • GIS Intern, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments
  • GIS Laboratory Assistant, University of Cincinnati

Personal Information

Dr. Sun likes sports, traveling, and outdoor activities.

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