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John C. Rodgers: Department Head, Professor, Geography and GIS

John C. Rodgers

Department Head, Professor, Geography and GIS

108E Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. John C. Rodgers III is a Department Head and Professor in the Department Geosciences at Mississippi State University (MSU).  He obtained his PhD in geography in 1999 from the University of Georgia and has over 15 years of experience teaching and researching in the fields of physical geography and geographic information systems (GIS). Specifically, Rodgers has published and conducted research on invasive vegetation, coastal habitats, and human-environmental interactions. His current research focuses on the distribution of the invasive Australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia) in the Bahamas and coastal marsh habitat change along the northern Gulf Coast. Dr. Rodgers was the recipient of the 2014-2015 College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year. 


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Department of Geography, 1994-1999
  • Dissertation: Effects of human disturbance on alien plant distributions and primary dune vegetation on the Georgia Sea Islands.  Supervisor: Dr. Kathleen C. Parker.

  • M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Botany, 1991-1994
  • Thesis: Modern Pollen Rain in Costa Rica.  Supervisor: Dr. Sally P. Horn (Geography) and Edward Clebsch (Botany).

  • B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.S. in Biology and Botany, 1987-1991

Research Interests

  • Invasive species, coastal processes, geographic information systems

Teaching Areas

  • GR 4303/6303 Principles of GIS (on-campus and distance learning)

  • GR 4203/6203 Geography of North America (on-campus)

  • GR 4813/6813 Natural Hazards (on-campus)

  • GG 4523/6523 Coastal Environments (on-campus)

  • GG 8233 Environmental Geoscience (distance learning)

  • GG 8203 Ocean Science (distance learning)

  • GG 4533 Geosciences Study Abroad: Bahamian Field Methods (study abroad)

Honors/Professional Activities

  • 2014-2015 College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year

Graduate Students

  • Sara Dillion

  • John Cartwright

  • Victoria Cheek

  • Devon Flickinger

Recent Publications

  • 2016    Bortoleto, L. A.,  Gigueira, C. J. M., Dunning Jr., J. B., Rodgers, J., da Silva, A. M.  Suitability index for restoration in landscapes:  An alternative proposal for restoration projects.  Ecological Indicators 60:  724-735
  • 2014    Sorbal, A. C., Peixoto, A. S., Nascimento, V. F., and Rodgers, J.  Geospatial analysis of natural and anthropogenic influences on soil erosion and soil characteristics in Southeastern Brazil.  Regional Environmental Change: printed on-line.  DOI: 10.1007/s10113-014-0667-z
  • 2014    Ho, C. D., Mylroie, J., and Rodgers, J.  Fuzzy-based Spatial Modeling Approach to Predict Island Karst Distribution: A Conceptual Model for publication in Environmental Earth Sciences.  Environmental Earth Science 71: 1369-1377.
  • 2013    Clary, R., Summral, J., Rodgers, J. C. III .  The Effects of Geographic Affiliation on Students' Perceptions, Awareness, and Responses to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Journal of Geoscience Education 61: 453-460.
  • 2013 Rodgers, J. C. III.  Size-class distribution of Australian pine [Casuarina equisetifolia L. ex J.R. & G. Forst.] beach population on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas.  Caribbean Journal of Science 43(1): 37-49.

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