Lauren Andersen


M.A. Geography, Appalachian State University, 2018. (Link to Thesis)

B.S. Geographic Information Systems, Appalachian State University, 2017.

B.S. Community and Regional Planning, Appalachian State University, 2017.

Course Taught

GHY / PLN 2812: Geospatial Technology in a Changing World

Research Interests

GIScience, Geovisualization, Public Health, Natural Hazards, Vulnerability and Resilience Indicators, Environmental Justice

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mitchell, J.M., Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D., Andersen, L.M., and Shay, E.D. (2021). Health Disparities in Life Expectancy across North Carolina: A Spatial Analysis of the Social Determinants of Health and the Index of Concentration at Extremes. Journal of Community Health (Forthcoming)

Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D., Andersen, L.M., Weiser, J., and Michael, K. (2021). Crisis Response Among Essential Workers and Their Children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventative Medicine, 106852.

Sugg, M.M., Andersen, L.M., Shay, E.D., Tyson, J., and Runkle, J.D. (2021). Climate, Environment, and Public Health in Western North Carolina. Journal of the Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services: Sustainable Health, 1. (Link)

Andersen, L.M., Harden, S.R., Sugg, M.M., Runkle, J.D., and Lundquist, T.E. (2021). Analyzing the Spatial Determinants of Local COVID-19 Transmission in the U.S. Science of the Total Environment, 754: 142396. (PDF)

Andersen, L.M., & Sugg, M.M. (2019). Geographic Multi-Criteria Evaluation and Validation: A Case Study of Wildfire Vulnerability in Western North Carolina, USA Following the 2016 Wildfires. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. (PDF)

Andersen, L.M., Bonevac, A.N., Thompson, L.K., Dempsey, K.E., Shay, E.D., and Sugg, M.M. (2019). Understanding Key-Informant Experiences and Perceptions of the 2016 Drought and Wildfires in Western North Carolina. Weather, Climate, and Society, 11(1): 229-241. (PDF)

Title: GIS Lab Supervisor & Adjunct Instructor
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6698

Office address
Rankin Science West 331


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