I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico. I received my PhD in Geographic Information Science (2014) from Texas State University. I am also affiliated with UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, NIH-funded Environmental Health Disparity Center for Native Environmental Health Equity Research, and NIH-funded UNM METALS Superfund Research Program Center.

I am a geographer in health/medical geography and GIS with a research focus on health disparities and spatial analysis and modeling to gain a better understanding of relationships among human health, society, and the environment. My research in health/medical geography is focused on health disparities and environmental spatial epidemiology, especially in the area of understanding and addressing environmental health disparities in Native American communities, cancer prevention and control, identifying social and environmental determinants of health disparities, developing methods for environmental exposure/risk assessment of contamination via air, water, and soil, and developing evidence-based geographic intervention programs to reduce health disparities. My research in GIS engages broadly in spatial analysis and modeling and Web GIS, and particularly spatial accessibility modeling, air pollution exposure modeling, and web-based spatial demographic research. My research has contributed to the literature in geography, population health, and environmental health.  I have been leading research projects on the development of a GIS approach to reduce cancer disparities and developing geospatial models for environmental risk assessment on tribal lands. For these projects I have coordinated research activities across several disciplines. My full CV is here.

I am looking for MS and PhD students and research assistants who are interested in the following topics:

  • Health/Medical Geography
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Spatial Analysis and Modeling

Students will work with me on multiple NIH and EPA funded research projects.

If you are interested in the MS or PhD program in Geography at UNM, You can find out more information about our program here. You can apply for formal admission to our program using the online portal here.


Yan Lin, PhD,
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

1 University of New Mexico
MSC01 1110
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Office: Bandelier Hall West Room 205
E-mail: yanlin@unm.edu