Dr. Esra zdenerol-Garner, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Dr. zdenerol’s research focuses on Geographic Information Systems spatial analytical methods, medical geography, landscape ecology and change, and community participation GIS.
Esra zdenerol grew up in Ankara, Turkey. She obtained her BS degree (Landscape Architecture) in 1993 at the University of Ankara and MLA degree (Landscape Architecture) in 1996 at Louisiana State University. She completed her PhD in Geography in 2000 at Louisiana State University under Professor Nina Lam. She makes her home in Memphis, Tennessee, where she teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and writes about GIS and its applications to health disparities. She is the director and founder of the Graduate Certificate in GIS and an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Memphis. She is also the Associate Director of the Benjamin Hooks Institute, an institute housed at Memphis University that preserves the history of the American Civil Rights Movement and advances the legacy of that movement through scholarship and community action.
Esra has lectured nationally and internationally on GIS, and issues of health disparities at the AAG, SEDAAG, UCGIS meetings and the ESRI conferences, as well as health related conferences. She has taught at Florida International University, Louisiana State University, and the Middle East Technical University.
Updated: October 2011