Dr. Charlene Nielsen is dedicated to defending the “health of the land” for all organisms on earth by developing GIS solutions through integrative collaborations on human health, habitat, and air and water quality. She completed her B.Sc. (with Distinction) and M.Sc. (with a Specialization in GIS and Remote Sensing) in Geography, at the University of Calgary, and her Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary) in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Medical Sciences – Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. She was part of the Data Mining and Neonatal Outcomes project team exploring the spatial co-location of adverse birth outcomes and industrial air pollution. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, and brings the quantitative geographical perspective to health and the environment by modeling and mapping large databases of health outcomes and sources of environmental exposures. Charlene organizes the annual UofA GIS Day, has lectured in GIS, environmental health, and conservation, and is a member of URISA, WCHRI, inVIVO Planetary Health, CANUE, AAG, and CAG.
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