Esra Ozdenerol

Professor, Director of GIS Certificate program, Director of SAGE (Spatial Analysis and Geographic Education) Laboratory

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Dr. Esra Ozdenerol

Education / Degree

  • Ph.D., Geography, Louisiana State University, 2000
  • MLA, Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University, 1996
  • Postgraduate Study, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1994
  • BS., Agricultural Engineering: Landscape Architecture, Ankara University, Turkey, 1993

Research Interest

My research interests are Geographic Information Systems, spatial analytical methods, medical geography, landscape ecology, landscape change, and community participation GIS. My students and I apply combined field, laboratory, GIS and remote sensing, and computer modeling techniques. I teach GIS courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


Esra Ozdenerol has been a Professor of Geographic Information Systems in the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Memphis since 2003. She is also affiliated with the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Health Outcome Policy of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is the director of the GIS Certificate Program at the University of Memphis. She also directs the Spatial Analysis and Geographic Education Laboratory in the Department of Earth Sciences. Dr. Ozdenerol was the associate director of Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change of the University of Memphis from 2010 till 2013. She obtained her doctorate degree in Geography in 2000 and her master of Landscape Architecture degree in 1996 from the Louisiana State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Ankara, Turkey. Before joining the University of Memphis, she was an assistant professor of architecture of the Florida International University in Miami from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Ozdenerol specializes in geographic information systems and has served as a technical consultant to various public, government, and international agencies. Her current research interests entail use of the geospatial technologies (including geographic information, remote sensing, cartographic and geostatistical analyses) in a diverse range of public and environmental health issues and gender inequalities. Her latest publications involve studies about the spatial health and gender inequalities. In her spare time, she writes children books, and travels. She enjoys cooking, and spending time with her sons, Derin and Deniz and dog Ingi. She also loves to play soccer, be active, and work out.