Professor Ogneva-Himmelberger joined IDCE Department at Clark in 2006 after several years of teaching GIS and remote sensing at Mount Holyoke College and Tuft University. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University in 1997.
Her research lies at the intersection of Geographic Information Science, human-environment geography, and public health. She uses advanced techniques of spatial analysis (e.g., spatial clustering and hot spot analysis, spatial statistics, and spatial regression) to address a broad range of urgent social, environmental, and health issues such as preterm births, asthma incidence, heat-related mortality, health disparities and noise pollution. Many of her research projects are driven by local community needs, and involve collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including local government officials, medical professionals, and community organizations. Her research makes unique contributions to the field of environmental justice and equality by proposing new spatially-explicit and statistically-grounded methodologies for assessing human vulnerability in the context of negative technological impact or environmental change.