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Rinku Roy Chowdhury

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Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Student Building 120
701 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-3854
rroychow[at]indiana [dot] edu
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Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, 2003
M.S., Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Georgia, 1996
B.A., Computer Science and Environmental Science, Wellesley College, 1994


  • Land Change Science
  • Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
  • Cultural and Political Ecology
  • GIS/RS
  • Landscape and Conservation Ecology

Representative Publications

  • Roy Chowdhury, R. and E.F. Moran. nd. Turning the Curve: A theoretical, methodological and empirical review of Kuznets Approaches. Accepted in the Journal of Applied Geography.
  • Roy Chowdhury, R. 2010. Differentiation and concordance in smallholder land use strategies in southern Mexico's conservation frontier. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA 107:5780–5785.
  • C. Radel, B. Schmook and R. Roy Chowdhury. 2010. Agricultural Livelihood Diversification in the Southern Yucatán Region: Diverging Paths with Implications for Environmental Change. In press, Regional Environmental Change.
  • Impoinvil, D.E., J. Keating, C.M. Mbogo, M.D. Potts, R. Roy Chowdhury and J.C. Beier. 2008. Abundance of immature Anopheles and culicines (Diptera: Culicidae) in different water body types in the urban environment of Malindi, Kenya. Journal of Vector Ecology 33(1): 107-116.
  • Roy Chowdhury, R. 2007. Household land management and biodiversity: Secondary succession in a forest-agriculture mosaic in southern Mexico. Ecology and Society 12(2): 31. [online] URL:
  • Roy Chowdhury, R. 2006. Driving forces of tropical deforestation: The role of remote sensing and spatial models. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 27(1): 82-101.
  • Roy Chowdhury, R. 2006. Landscape change in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico: Modeling the driving forces of smallholder deforestation in land parcels. Applied Geography 26(2): 129-152.
  • Roy Chowdhury, R. and B. L. Turner II. 2006. Reconciling agency and structure in empirical analysis: Smallholder land use in the southern Yucatán, Mexico. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96(2): 302-322.

Student Theses and Dissertations

  • Nicholas Vaughn, PhD, in progress
  • Michael Perkins, PhD, in progress
  • Scott Hetrick, M.S., in progress
  • Nina Hensarling, M.A., in progress
  • Monique Hernandez, PhD (University of Miami), completed 2008