Indiana University Bloomington

Rinku Roy Chowdhury

Rinku Roy Chowdhury Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Office: SB 102
TEL: (812) 855-3854
Email: rroychowatindiana.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, 2003
M.S., Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Georgia, 1996
B.A., Computer Science and Environmental Science, Wellesley College, 1994

Research

  • Land Change Science, Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
  • Cultural and Political Ecology
  • Food and Farming Systems, Agricultural Decision-making
  • Coastal ecosystem dynamics and vulnerability
  • Urban land use/cover and ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Regional interests: Mexico and Latin America, southeastern and continental USA, S. Asia

External Research Funding (Details in CV)

  • Legacies Cross-Cutting Theme. LTER: FCE III - Coastal Oligotrophic Ecosystems Research. National Science Foundation (2012-2018)
  • Collaborative Research: Ecological Homogenization of Urban America. National Science Foundation (2011-2015)
  • Vulnerability assessment of mangrove forests in the Americas. NASA (2012-2014)
  • Carbon Dynamics, Land Cover Change, and Vulnerability of the World's Largest Coastal Mangrove Ecosystem to Climate Change. NASA (2011-2013)
  • Spatial configuration and water demand implications of land uses in southern Miami-Dade County, Florida. FCE LTER II: Coastal Oligotrophic Ecosystems Research. National Science Foundation (2012)
  • Cartographies of exemption: The political ecology of zoning and land use in south Florida. FCE LTER II: Coastal Oligotrophic Ecosystems Research. National Science Foundation (2008)
  • Conservation in the southern Yucatán peninsular region, Mexico: Linking landscape ecology and social institutions. NASA (1999-2002)

Teaching

  • G338/538: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • G438/539: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • G461/561: Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
  • G478/578: Global Change, Food and Farming Systems
  • G500: Research Problems in Geography
  • G460: Internship in Geographical Analysis
  • G830: Directed Readings
  • G850: Directed Research

Representative Publications

Journal Articles

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2012. Revisiting the Environmental Kuznets Curve: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Applied Geography 32:1-2.

Roy Chowdhury, R. and E.F. Moran. 2012. Turning the Curve: A theoretical, methodological and empirical review of Kuznets Approaches. Journal of Applied Geography 32:3-11.

Roy Chowdhury, R, K. Larson, J.M. Grove, C. Polsky, E. Cook J. Onsted and L. Ogden. 2011. A Multi-Scalar Approach to Theorizing Socio-Ecological Dynamics of Urban Residential Landscapes. Cities and the Environment (CATE) 4(1): Article 6. Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol4/iss1/6

Hernandez, M., R. Roy Chowdhury, L. Fleming and D. Griffith. 2011. Colorectal Cancer and Socioeconomic Status in Miami-Dade County: Neighborhood-level associations before and after the Welfare Reform Act. Journal of Applied Geography 31(3):1019-1025.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2010. Differentiation and concordance in smallholder land use strategies in southern Mexico's conservation frontier. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 107:5780–5785.

C. Radel, B. Schmook and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2010. Agricultural Livelihood Diversification in the Southern Yucatán Region: Diverging Paths with Implications for Environmental Change. Regional Environmental Change 10(3): 205-218.

Impoinvil, D.E., J. Keating, C.M. Mbogo, M.D. Potts, R. Roy Chowdhury and J.C. Beier. 2008. Abundance of immature Anopheles and culicines (Diptera: Culicidae) in different water body types in the urban environment of Malindi, Kenya. Journal of Vector Ecology 33(1): 107-116.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2007. Household land management and biodiversity: Secondary succession in a forest-agriculture mosaic in southern Mexico. Ecology and Society 12(2): 31. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol12/iss2/art31/

Impoinvil, D.E., J. Keating, R. Roy Chowdhury, R. Duncan, G. Cardenas, S. Ahmad, C. M. Mbogo, J. I. Githure and J. C. Beier. 2007. The association between distance to water pipes and water bodies positive for anopheline mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the urban community of Malindi, Kenya. Journal of Vector Ecology 32(2): 319-327.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2006. Driving forces of tropical deforestation: The role of remote sensing and spatial models. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 27(1): 82-101.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 2006. Landscape change in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico: Modeling the driving forces of smallholder deforestation in land parcels. Applied Geography 26(2): 129-152.

Roy Chowdhury, R. and B. L. Turner II. 2006. Reconciling agency and structure in empirical analysis: Smallholder land use in the southern Yucatán, Mexico. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96(2): 302-322.

Keys, E. and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2006. Cash crops, smallholder decision making and institutional interactions in a closing frontier, Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico. Journal of Latin American Geography 5(2): 75-90.

Fuller, D.O and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2006. Monitoring and modelling tropical deforestation: Introduction to the special issue. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 27(1): 1-3.

Turner II, B. L., S. Cortina-Villar, D. Foster, J. Geoghegan, E. Keys, P. Klepeis, D. Lawrence, P. Macario-Mendoza, S. Manson, Y. Ogneva-Himmelberger, A.B. Plotkin, D. Pérez-Salicrup, R. Roy Chowdhury, B. Savitsky, L. Schneider, B. Schmook and C. Vance. 2001. Deforestation in the southern Yucatán peninsular region: an integrative approach. Forest Ecology and Management 154(3): 353-370.

Geoghegan, J., S. Cortina-Villar, P. Klepeis, P. Macario-Mendoza, Y. Ogneva-Himmelberger, R. Roy Chowdhury, B. L. Turner II and C. Vance. 2001. Modeling tropical deforestation in the southern Yucatán peninsular region: comparing survey and satellite data. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 85: 25-46.

Roy Chowdhury, R. 1999. Agroforestry: Systems of diversity or divestiture? Revista Geográfica 125: 99-112.

Book Chapters

Roy Chowdhury, R. In press. The Intersection of Independent Lies: Land Change Science and Cultural and Political Ecology. Chapter 12 in C. Brannstrom and J. Vadjunec (eds.) Land Change Science and Political Ecology: Synergies and Divergences. Routledge.

Brondizio, E. and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2012. Human-Environment Research: Past trends, current challenges and future directions. Chapter 17 in E.S. Brondizio and E. F. Moran (eds.) Human-Environment Interactions: Current and Future Directions. Springer Scientific Publishers. pp 391-400.

Brondízio, E. and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2010. Spatio-temporal methodologies in Environmental Anthropology: Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, landscape changes and local knowledge. In Ismael Vaccaro, Eric Alden Smith and Shankar Aswani, eds. Society and Environment: Methods and Research Design. Cambridge University Press. pp. 266-298.

Sader, S. A., R. Roy Chowdhury, L. C. Schneider and B. L. Turner II. 2004. Forest change and human driving forces in Central America. In Garik Gutman, Anthony Janetos, Christopher Justice, Emilio Moran, John Mustard, Ronald Rindfuss, David Skole, and B. L. Turner II, eds. Land Change Science: Observing, Monitoring, and Understanding Trajectories of Change on the Earth's Surface. Dordrecht, NL: Kluwer, pp. 57-96.

Roy Chowdhury, R. and L. C. Schneider. 2004. Land-cover/use in the southern Yucatán peninsular region, Mexico: Classification and change analysis. In B. L. Turner II, J. Geoghegan and D. Foster, eds. Integrated Land-Change Science and Tropical Deforestation in the Southern Yucatán: Final Frontiers. Oxford: Clarendon Press/Oxford U.P., pp. 105-141.

Klepeis, P. and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2004. Institutions, policy and land change: Complexity within and beyond the ejido. In B. L. Turner II, J. Geoghegan and D. Foster, eds. Integrated Land-Change Science and Tropical Deforestation in the Southern Yucatán: Final Frontiers. Oxford: Clarendon Press/Oxford U.P., pp. 145-169.

Geoghegan, J., L. Pritchard, Jr., Y. Ogneva-Himmelberger, R. Roy Chowdhury, S. Sanderson and B. L. Turner II. 1998. “Socializing the pixel” and “pixelizing the social” in land-use/cover change. In D. Liverman, E.F. Moran, R.R. Rindfuss and P.C. Stern, eds. People and Pixels: Linking Remote Sensing and Social Science. Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, National Research Council. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 51-69.

Student Theses and Dissertations

  • Michael Perkins, PhD, in progress
  • Edgar Espinoza, PhD, in progress
  • Nina Hensarling, MA, completed 2013
  • Scott Hetrick, MS, completed 2011
  • Monique Hernandez, PhD (University of Miami), completed 2008