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Dr John Lowry Jr

Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

I am a geographer with a broad background in geospatial science applications addressing human-environment interactions. Prior to coming to Massey in 2017 I was Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji.  While in Fiji my research  focused on geospatial applications in public health, urban ecology, and disaster risk assessment in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  I maintain connections with USP as adjunct Senior Lecturer, and with postgraduate students in Fiji I am leading research investigating spatial accessibility to health facilities, developing spatial decision support systems for agroforestry interventions, and recording traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in fishing communities using Participatory GIS.  From 1999-2010 I was Associate Director at the Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory at Utah State University where my research focused on large area remote-sensing based mapping for biodiversity conservation, and the effects of urban sprawl on water resources in arid urban environments. 

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

Geospatial Science applications in urban planning, environmental management and public health.  Geolinguistics. Urban and landscape ecology. 

Thematics

Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Human Geography (160400):
Pacific Peoples Environmental Knowledge (050210):
Studies In Human Society (160000):
Urban and Regional Planning (120500)

Keywords

GIS, Geospatial Science, Urban Ecology, Pacific Islands

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs

Journal

Titoko, R., Lowry Jr, J., Osborne, T., Naikatini, A., Comely, J., & Riley, R. (2019). Relationship of bird richness, abundance and assemblage to the built environment in a small island tropical urban setting: a Suva, Fiji case study. Urban Ecosystems.
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Kim, SH., Rinamalo, M., Rainima-Qaniuci, M., Talemaitoga, N., Kama, M., Rafai, E., . . . Stothard, JR. (2018). Island-Wide Surveillance of Gastrointestinal Protozoan Infection on Fiji by Expanding Lymphatic Filariasis Transmission Assessment Surveys as an Access Platform. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.. 98(4), 1179-1185
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
de Alwis, R., Watson, C., Nikolay, B., Lowry Jr, J., Thieu, NTV., Van, TT., . . . Cano, J. (2018). Role of Environmental Factors in Shaping Spatial Distribution of Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhi, Fiji. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 24(2), 284-293
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Mayfield, HJ., Smith, CS., Lowry, JH., Watson, CH., Baker, MG., Kama, M., . . . Lau, CL. (2018). Predictive risk mapping of an environmentally-driven infectious disease using spatial Bayesian networks: A case study of leptospirosis in Fiji. PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 12(10), e0006857
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Mayfield, HJ., Lowry, JH., Watson, CH., Kama, M., Nilles, EJ., & Lau, CL. (2018). Use of geographically weighted logistic regression to quantify spatial variation in the environmental and sociodemographic drivers of leptospirosis in Fiji: a modelling study. The Lancet Planetary Health. 2(5), e223-e232
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Stephens, M., Lowry Jr, JH., & Ram, AR. (2018). Location-based environmental factors contributing to rainfall-triggered debris flows in the Ba river catchment, northwest Viti Levu island, Fiji. Landslides. 15(1), 145-159 Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10346-017-0918-4
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lau, CL., Mayfield, HJ., Lowry, JH., Watson, CH., Kama, M., Nilles, EJ., . . . Smith, CS. (2017). Unravelling infectious disease eco-epidemiology using Bayesian networks and scenario analysis: A case study of leptospirosis in Fiji. Environmental Modelling and Software. 97, 271-286
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Devi, PP., Lowry, JH., & Weber, E. (2017). Global environmental impact of informal settlements and perceptions of local environmental threats: An empirical case study in Suva, Fiji. Habitat International. 69, 58-67 Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0197397516310293?via=ihub
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Watson, CH., Baker, S., Lau, CL., Rawalai, K., Taufa, M., Coriakula, J., . . . Edmunds, WJ. (2017). A cross-sectional seroepidemiological survey of typhoid fever in Fiji. Neglected Tropical Diseases. July, 1-17
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Sommer, H., Kröner, A., & Lowry, J. (2017). Neoproterozoic eclogite- to high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism in the Mozambique belt of east-central Tanzania: A petrological, geochemical and geochronological approach. Lithos. 284-285, 666-690 Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024493717301846?via=ihub
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Reuben, R., & Lowry, JH. (2016). Effectiveness of evacuation facilities in Honiara City, Solomon Islands: a spatial perspective. Natural Hazards. 82, 227-244
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lau, CL., Watson, CH., Lowry, JH., David, MC., Craig, SB., Wynwood, SJ., . . . Nilles, EJ. (2016). Human Leptospirosis infection in Fiji: An Ecoepidemiological approach to identifying risk factors and environmental drivers for transmission. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. , 1-25
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry, JH., & Lowry, MB. (2014). Comparing spatial metrics that quantify urban form. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 44, 59-67
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Paquette, J., & Lowry, J. (2013). Flood hazard modeling and risk assessment in the Nadi River Basin, Fiji using GIS and MCDA. The South Pacific Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences. 30(1), 33-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Rivera, S., Lowry, J., Hernandez, AJ., Ramsey, RD., Lezama, R., & Veasquez, MA. (2012). A comparison between cluster busting technique and a classification tree algorithm of a moderate resolution imaging spectrometer (MODIS) land cover map of Honduras. Geocarto International. 27(1), 1-13 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10106049.2011.622050
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry, JH., Baker, ME., & Ramsey, D. (2012). Determinants of urban tree canopy in residential neighborhoods: Household characteristics, urban form, and the geophysical landscape. Urban Ecosystems. 15(1), 247-266
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Rivera, S., Lowry, J., Hernandez, AJ., Ramsey, RD., Lezema, R., & Velazquez, M. (2011). MODIS generated land cover mapping of Honduras: A base-line layout to create a national monitoring center. Revista de Teledetección. 35, 94-108
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry, JH., Ramsey, RD., & Kjelgren, RK. (2011). Predicting urban forest growth and its impact on residential landscape water demand in a semiarid urban environment. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 10(3), 193-204
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Hooten, MB., Johnson, DS., Hanks, EM., & Lowry, JH. (2010). Agent-based inference for animal movement and selection. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. 15(4), 523-538
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry, JH., Ramsey, RD., Stoner, LL., Kirby, J., & Schulz, K. (2008). An ecological framework for evaluating map errors using fuzzy sets. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 74(12), 1509-1519
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry, J., Ramsey, RD., Thomas, K., Schrupp, D., Sajwaj, T., Kirby, J., . . . Prior-Magee, J. (2007). Mapping moderate-scale land-cover over very large geographic areas within a collaborative framework: A case study of the Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project. Remote Sensing of Environment. 108(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry Jr, JH., Miller, HJ., & Hepner, GF. (1995). A GIS based sensitivity analysis of community vulnerability to hazardous contaminants on the Mexico/US border. Photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing. 61(11), 1347-1359
[Journal article]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.

Book

Langs, LA., Thomas, KA., Schulz, KA., & Lowry Jr, JH. (2008). A gap analysis of ecological systems for the Colorado Plateau ecoregion using Southwest Regional Gap Analysis land cover. In C. van Ripper, & DJ. Mattson (Eds.) The Colorado Plateau III: Integrating Research and Resource Management for Effective Conservation. (pp. 55 - 75). : The University of Arizona Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Falzarano, S., Thomas, K., & Lowry Jr, JH. (2005). Using decision tree modeling in Gap analysis land cover mapping: preliminary results for northeastern Arizona. In C. van Ripper, & DJ. Mattson (Eds.) The Colorado Plateau II: Bophysical, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Research. (pp. 67 - 99). Tucson, Arizona, USA: The University of Arizona Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.

Report

Ramsey, RD., McGinty, CM., Leydsman, EI., Stoner, LA., Crabb, BA., Adair, W., . . . Baker, ME.(2012). Grand Teton National Park and John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway: Natural resource condition assessment. (Report No. Natural Resource Report NPS/GRYN/NRR-2-12/550). Colorado, United States of America: National Park Service, Colorado
[Technical Report]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Günseli, B., Gaddis, E., Bagstad, K., & Lowry, J.(2011). The Utah Genuine Progress Indicator (GPU), 1990 to 2007: A Report to the People of Utah.
[Technical Report]Contributed to by: Lowry Jr, J.
McIntyre, SA., & Peters, HM.(2007). The Ecological Footprint of Utah.
[Technical Report]Contributed to by: Lowry Jr, J.

Conference

Lowry Jr, JH. (2011, November). What should the University of the South Pacific teach students to prepare them for the GIS/RS workforce?. Presented at Pacific Island Countries GIS/RS Users Conference. Suva, Fiji.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry, JH., Mattieu, J-B., Lens, M-I., Hason,, G., Sese, K., Kera, J., . . . Boehmer, HJ. (2016, June). Recently spreading ivory cane palm (Pinanga coronata) -- an upcoming threat to Fiji's forest biodiversity?. Presented at 23rd Pacific Science Congress. Taipei, Taiwan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry Jr, JH. (2016, June). Spatial accessibility of evacuation shelters in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Presented at 23rd Pacific Science Congress. Taipei, Taiwan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry, J., Jione, M., Koto, C., & John, E. (2015, September). Developing lifelong skills through problem-based learning: A case study of student videos promoting waste recycling at USP. Presented at Vice-Chancellor's Forum on Learning and Teaching. Suva, Fiji.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Lowry Jr, JH., & Fanga Pouvalu, S. (2015, February). A geographic approach to assessing vulnerability to climate sensitive diseases in Fiji (preliminary work). Presented at Climate Change and Health Adaptation Symposium. Suva, Fiji.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.
Stephens, M., & Lowry, JH. (2013, June). Recent landslide activity in the Ba river catchment, NW Viti Levu island, Fiji. Presented at Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Annual Meeting. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lowry Jr, J.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Spanish
    Last used: 2008 (professionally)
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Angie Campbell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Biophilic Planning: enhancing social-ecological systems of cities in Aotearoa New Zealand

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