Joshua Vertalka

  • Ph.D.

  • Email:
  • Geography Building
    673 Auditorium Rd, Room 116
    East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Areas of interest: Urban disaster resiliency and adaptation, medical geography, transportation, and Olympic Games

Research Synopsis:

My research interests are based on four broad categories: resiliency and vulnerability; urban geography; Geographic Information Science and Volunteer Geographic Information; and epidemiology, health, and disease detection. I approach these research categories in two ways. The first way involves the combination of the four categories. Therefore, the first research approach presents an investigative field that centers on creating resiliency to large scale health vulnerabilities within urban settings. Creating said resiliency may rest on a number of researchable solutions, such as disease detection/surveillance, healthcare accessibility, access to proper nutrition, and so forth. It is my belief that when Geographic Information Science and Volunteer Geographic Information are coupled, it presents a new realm of geographic thinking and analyses of diseases detection and disease transmission. The second approach to my research involves utilizing each category individually. One example includes creating airports that act as viable recovery tool for communities during disasters.

Some other research areas that I dabble in include transportation issues for Olympic Games and State agencies and climate change adaptation. For transportation I mostly focus on policies that create effective and efficient transportation networks. A personal interest and growing societal need is determining how cities will adapt to the effects of climate change on transportation networks and infrastructure. Using these research interests, I plan on disseminating knowledge to students and government agencies for the betterment of society.