School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment


Dr. John Lowry

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As of July 2017 Dr Lowry is Senior Lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand

He is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment at The University of the South Pacific

USP Email: lowry_j(at)
Massey Email: J.Lowry(at)


I am a geographer with a broad background in geospatial applications addressing human-environment interactions. My research focuses on innovative methodologies within geospatial science to address theoretical questions and applied objectives in urban ecology, environmental planning and management, public health and epidemiology, and disaster risk assessment.  Since 2010 my research has focused on these topics in the developing country context of the South Pacific. Methodological approaches include the use of spatial statistics, multivariate statistics, multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), and participatory GIS.  Teaching interests include introductory and advanced GIS, quantitative methods in geography (spatial statistics), cartography and geovisualisation, introductory remote sensing, research methods in geography, and E-learning

Courses taught at USP:

  • GS200 Quantitative Methods
  • GS211 Remote Sensing I
  • GS231 Cartography and Geovisualisation
  • GS301 Geographic Information Systems II
  • GS350 Project in Geospatial Science
  • GE304 Resource Management and Conservation
  • GE403 Research Methods in Geography


Google Scholar Citations 

Publications through 2016:

Reuben, R and J. Lowry (2016) Effectivevness of evacuation facilities in Honiara City, Solomon Islands:  a spatial perspective. Natural Hazards. DOI 10.1007/s11069-016-2189-0

Lau, C. L., C. H. Watson, J. H. Lowry, M. C. David, S. C. Craig, S. J. Winwood, M. Kama, E. J. Nilles. (2016) Human Leptospirosis infection in Fiji: an eco-epidemiological approach to identifying risk factors and environmental drivers for transmission. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004405 

Lowry, J.  and M. Lowry (2014) Comparing spatial Metrics that quantify urban form. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 44:59-67.

Paquette, J. and J. Lowry (2012) Flood hazard modeling and risk assessment in the Nadi River Basin, Fiji using GIS and MCDA. South Pacific Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences 30: 33-43.

Rivera, S., J. Lowry, A. J. Hernández, R.D. Ramsey, R. Lezama, M. Velázquez (2012) A comparison between cluster-busting technique and a classification tree algorithm of a moderate resolution imaging spectrometer (MODIS) land cover map of Honduras.  Geocarto International 27(1): 17-19.

Lowry, J. H. Jr, R. D. Ramsey and R. K. Kjelgren (2011) Predicting urban forest growth and its impact on residential landscape water demand in a semiarid urban environment.  Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 10: 193-204.

Lowry, J. H. Jr, M. E. Baker and R. D. Ramsey (2011) Determinants of urban tree canopy in residential neighborhoods:  Household characteristics, urban form, and the geophysical landscape. Urban Ecosystems DOI 10.1007/s11252-011-0185-4.

Rivera, S., J. Lowry, A. J. Hernández, R.D. Ramsey, R. Lezama, M. Velázquez (2011) MODIS generated land cover mapping of Honduras:  A base-line layout to create a national monitoring center. Rivista de Teledetección 35: 94-108.

Hooten, M.B., Johnson, D.S., Hanks, E.M., and J.H. Lowry (2010) Agent-based inference for animal movement and selection. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics 15(4): 523-538.

Lowry, J. H., R. D. Ramsey, L. Langs-Stoner, J. Kirby and K. Schulz (2008) An ecological framework for evaluating map errors due to class similarity using fuzzy sets. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 74(12): 1509-1519.

Langs, L. A., K. A. Thomas, J. H. Lowry and K. A. Schulz, (2008) A gap analysis of ecological systems for the Colorado Plateau ecoregion using Southwest Regional Gap Analysis land cover. In The Colorado Plateau III: Integrating Research and Resource Management for Effective Conservation. C. van Riper III and D.J. Mattson (eds.).  Tucson:  The University of Arizona Press.

Lowry, J., R. D. Ramsey, K. Thomas, D. Schrupp, T. Sajwaj, J. Kirby, E. Waller, S. Schrader, S. Falzarano, L. Langs, G. Manis, C. Wallace, K. Schulz, P. Comer, K. Pohs, W. Reith, C. Velasquez, B. Wolk, W. Kepner, K. Boykin, L. O’Brien, D. Bradford, B. Thompson and J. Prior-Magee, (2007). Mapping moderate-scale land-cover over very large geographic areas within a collaborative framework:  A case study of the Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project (SWReGAP).  Remote Sensing of Environment 108:59-73.

Falzarano, S., K. Thomas and J. Lowry (2005) Using decision tree modeling in Gap analysis land cover mapping:  preliminary results for northeastern Arizona. In The Colorado Plateau II: Biophysical, Socioeconomic and Cultural Research. C. van Riper III and D.J. Mattson (eds.).  Tucson:  The University of Arizona Press.

Lowry, J. H., Jr., H. J. Miller and G. F. Hepner (1995) A GIS based sensitivity analysis of community vulnerability to hazardous contaminants on the Mexico/US border Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 61(11):1347-1359.

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