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 a geographer in GIS and health/medical geography with a research focus on the development of GIS and spatial analysis methods as well as their applications to gain a better understanding of relationships between human health, society, and the environment. 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 in health/medical geography is focused on cancer disparities and environmental spatial epidemiology. A large portion of my health/medical geography research is on cancer disparities and intends to identify social determinants, develop methods to identify geographic areas with cancer disparities, examine the role of geographic information and technology in cancer disparity reduction, and to develop evidence-based geographic intervention programs to reduce cancer disparities. My research in environmental spatial epidemiology is concerned with exposure and risk assessment of air/water pollution and how they are associated with adverse health outcomes, such as adverse birth outcomes and respiratory diseases.

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

  • Spatial Analysis and Modeling
  • WebGIS
  • Health/Medical Geography

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

If you are interested in the MS program in GIScience 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 212
E-mail: yanlin@unm.edu