Joseph P. Messina


Professor of Geography, Member of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, Member of AgBioResearch, Member Center for Latin American and Caribbean and Studies, Member African Studies Center, Member Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program at Michigan State University. Awarded research honors from NASA through the New Investigator Program, The National Institutes of Health Roadmap Program, and the Sigma Xi / MSU Young Scholar of the Year. Member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. Served on the EPA panel establishing a national program on behavioral and social science research and the environment; served on national review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS and NIEHS); the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation and the Decision Making Under Uncertainty programs; NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and ACRIM and the LCLUC programs. Co-edited special issues in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Environment and Planning A, and Environment and Planning B. Served on the Organizing committees for Geocomputation, and the International Medical Geography Symposium. Served in leadership roles or on select committees for the Association of Association of American Geographers, the remote sensing specialty group of the Association of American Geographers, and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Geography Awareness Week Plenary Speaker at multiple universities. Honorable Discharge, United States Army.

Research Interests:

My research program focuses broadly upon Medical Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change (LULCC) and the techniques and theoretical methods that allow one to explore the spatio-temporal dynamics of change, including, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Complexity Theory, and Dynamic Spatial Simulation Models. Within the LULCC context, I have directed research projects in Ecuador, Kenya, Thailand, Michigan, and the Florida Bay. I am currently working on sleeping sickness (NIH) and malaria (NSF) projects in Kenya, LULCC (NASA) in Urumqi and Shanghai, health care access (MDCH) in Michigan, and drug war remote sensing in Ecuador and Colombia.