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Tingting Zhao

Associate Professor

Department of Geography
Florida State University
304 Bellamy Building
113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, FL 32306

E-mail: tzhao@fsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

GIS, hazards and society, health disparity

Selected Publication

My Google Scholar citation

Zhao, T., Jia, M., Tang, T., and Sun, Y. (2022). Perception of Hurricane and COVID-19 Risks for Household Evacuation and Shelter Intentions. The Professional Geographer, 1-19.

Rogers, K.L., Bosman, S.H., Wildermann, N., Rosenheim, B.E., Montoya, J.P., Hollander, D., Zhao, T., Chantan, J. (2021). Mapping spatial and temporal variation of seafloor organic matter ?14C and ?13C in the Northern Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 164: 112076.

Zhao, T., Cui, Z., McClellan, M. G., Yu, D., Sang, Q.-X. A., Zhang, J. (2020). Identifying county-level factors for female breast cancer incidence rate through a large-scale population study. Applied Geography, 125: 102324.

Li, Y., Pang, X., Cui. Z., Zhou, Y.D., Mao, F., Lin, Y., Zhang, X., Shen, S., Zhu, P., Zhao, T., Sun, Q., Zhang, J. (2020). Genetic factors associated with cancer racial disparity - an integrative study across twenty-one cancer types. Molecular Oncology, .

Chanton, J., Zhao, T., Rosenheim, B. E., et al. (2015). Using Natural Abundance Radiocarbon To Trace the Flux of Petrocarbon to the Seafloor Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(2), 847-854.

Zhao, T., Bell, L., Horner, M. W., Sulik, J., & Zhang, J. (2012). Consumer responses towards home energy financial incentives: A survey-based study. Energy Policy, 47, 291-297.

Zhao, T., Brown, D. G., Fang, H., Theobald, D., Liu, T., & Zhang, T. (2012). Vegetation productivity consequences of human settlement growth in the Eastern United States. Landscape Ecology, 27(8), 1149-1165.

Horner, M. W., Zhao, T., & Chapin, T. S. (2011). Toward an integrated GIScience and energy research agenda. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 101(4), 764-774.

Zhao, T. (2011). Impacts of urban growth on vegetation carbon sequestration. In Xiaojun Yang (Ed.), Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis and Modeling in the Urban Environment (pp. 275-286). Wiley.

Zhao, T., Horner, M. W., & Sulik, J. (2011). A geographic approach to sectoral carbon inventory: examining the balance between consumption-based emissions and land-use carbon sequestration in Florida. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 101(4), 752-763.

Zhao, T. (2010). Landscape ecology. In Barney Warf (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Zhao, T., Bergen, K. M., Brown, D. G., & Shugart, H. H. (2009). Scale dependence in quantification of land-cover and biomass change over Siberian boreal forest landscapes. Landscape Ecology, 24(10), 1299-1313.

Bergen, K. M., Zhao, T., Kharuk, V., Blam, Y., Brown, D. G., Peterson, L. K., & Miller, N. (2008). Changing regimes: Forested land cover dynamics in Central Siberia 1974 to 2001. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 74(6), 787-798.

Zhao, T., Brown, D. G., & Bergen, K. M. (2007). Increasing gross primary production (GPP) in the urbanizing landscapes of Southeastern Michigan. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 73(10), 1159-1167.

Zhao, T., Brown, D. G., Bergen, K. M., & Powers, A. C. (2005). Landscape and productivity changes in Southeastern Michigan, USA. In the 9th International Symposium on Physical Measurements and Signatures in Remote Sensing (ISPMSRS). Beijing, China.

Zhao, T., & Schwartz, M. D. (2003). Examining the onset of spring in Wisconsin. Climate Research, 24, 59-70.


GIS5106 – Advanced GIS

GIS5306 – Environmental Change Modeling

GEO5378/4376 – Landscape Ecology

GEO5934 – GIS Programming

GEO4930 – Florida GIS Applications (on-line)

GIS4043/GIS5101 – Introductory GIS

IFS2012 – Sustainable Society

GEO1330 – Environmental Science


Sun, Y., & Zhao, T. & Jia, M., & Tang, T. (2020). Improving Hurricane Evacuation Planning by Addressing Evacuees’ Partial-Compliance with Mandatory Orders. Funded by Florida State University. Total award $25,000.

Sun, Y., & Zhao, T. & Jia, M., & Tang, T. (2020). Data-Driven Modeling and Learning of Hurricane Evacuee’s Individual Decision Making under COVID-19 Pandemic. Funded by Florida State University. Total award $19,998.

Baker, E. J., & Zhao, T. (2010–2014). Effect of Perceived Vulnerability on Response to Hurricane Threats. Funded by Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center, FSU College of Business. Total award $60,000.

Zhao, T. (2009). PRIZM Data for Residential Energy Consumption Behavior Research. Funded by FSU Faculty Research Library Materials Grant. Total award $8,420.

Zhao, T., & Horner, M. W. (2009–2011). Reducing Residential Carbon Emission in Florida: Optional Scenarios Based on Energy Consumption, Transportation, and Land Use. Funded by FSU Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability. Total award $66,032.

Zhao, T. (2008). Sprawling and its Impacts on Carbon Sequestration in the U.S. Suburbs and Exurbs. Funded by FSU CRC-FYAP Program. Total award $16,000.

Current Students

Dr. Zhao is taking sabbatical leave in the 2022-2023 academic year. She welcomes new students beginning in Fall 2023.

Students Graduated

Hannah Heinke-Green (M.S., December 2019) (Chair) "Examining Factors Influencing People’s Perceived Vulnerability and Evacuation Decisions in Response to Hurricane Irma in Charlotte County, Florida"

Kelly Kingon (Ph.D., August 2013) (Chair) "Mapping, classification, and spatial variation of hardbottom habitats in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico"

Krista Markwardt (M.S., May 2011) (Chair) "Understanding Human-Black Bear Conflict in the Florida Apalachicola Bear Management Unit: A Two Year Comparison"

AmirSasan Mahjoor (Ph.D. 2021) (Chair) "Effects of Wetland Spatial Pattern and Human Activities on Wetland Habitat Quality: Case Study in Florida's Wetland-Agriculture Interface, Florida"

Heather Sadusky (Undergrad Honor, May 2014) (Chair)"College Student Perception & Behavior Towards Sustainability: Results of A Campus Survey"

John Sulik (Ph.D., December 2011) (Chair) "Sub-National Analysis of Darfur: Examining the Role of Landscape on Conflict Incidence"

Kelly Watson (Ph.D., May 2010) (Co-Chair) "Tupelo Forests and Honey Production along the Apalachicola River of Northwest Florida: Livelihood Preservation and Forest Conservation in a Changing Rural Landscape"

Guang Xing (Ph.D., August 2017) (Chair) "Urban growth patterns and drivers in Florida, the United States: Parcel-based new measures and modeling of multi-scale factors"

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

General information

Professional Memberships

Association of American Geographers (AAG)

SouthEastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG)


Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment (2007) University of Michigan

M.S. in Physical Geography (2002) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Ecology (2000) Peking University