Korine N. Kolivras

Associate Professor
Korine N. Kolivras
223 Wallace Hall


·     Medical geography and emerging infectious diseases

·     Environmental variability, climate variability, and health

·     GIS applications

I am an environmental geographer with specialization and expertise in medical geography and the examination of links between environmental variability and human health. My main research thread focuses on emerging infectious diseases and the underlying processes that explain their distributions and diffusion. In particular, I have examined Lyme disease’s southward emergence into Virginia for the past ten years, with a specific focus on the potential role of land cover. While I continue to engage with emerging infectious diseases, I have recently become part of a trans-disciplinary team examining land cover change and human health impacts in Central Appalachia (see https://fralin.vt.edu/gssda/ruralhealth.html).

Courses Recently Taught:

·     Medical Geography and Advanced Medical Geography (GEOG 4074/5074)

·     Geographic Theory & Research (GEOG 5014)

Recent Publications:

*student collaborator

Krometis, L.-A., J. Gohlke, K.N. Kolivras, E. Satterwhite, S.W. Marmagas, and L.C. Marr. 2017. Environmental health disparities in the Central Appalachian region of the United States. Reviews in Environmental Health 32(3): 253-266.

Bandzuh, J.T.*, L. Juran, K.N. Kolivras, and A. Wallis. 2017. Local perceptions of measures to control Aedes mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases in Puntarenas and San José, Costa Rica. Journal of Latin American Geography 16(2): 139-162.

Juran, L., J. Trivedi, and K.N. Kolivras. 2017. Considering the ‘public’ in public health: popular resistance to the Smallpox Eradication Programme in India. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2(2): 104-111.

Bailey, K.*, R.D. Oliver, C. Gaffney, and K.N. Kolivras. 2017. Negotiating “new” narratives: Rio de Janeiro and the “media geography” of the 2014 World Cup. Journal of Sport and Social Issues 41(1): 70-93.

Hill, J.L., C.N. Waters*, K.N. Kolivras, P.A. Estabrooks, and J.M. Zoellner. 2016. Do the features, amenities, and quality of physical activity resources differ between city and county areas of a large rural region? Family and Community Health 39(4): 273-282.

Seukep, S.E.*, K.N. Kolivras, Y. Hong, J. Li, S.P. Prisley, J.B. Campbell, D.N. Gaines, and R.L. Dymond. 2015. An examination of the demographic and environmental variables correlated with Lyme disease emergence in Virginia. EcoHealth 12(4): 634-644.

Li, J., K.N. Kolivras, Y. Hong, Y. Duan*, S.E. Seukep*, S. Prisley, J. Campbell, D. Gaines. 2014. Spatial and temporal emergence pattern of Lyme disease in Virginia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. 91(6): 1166-1172.

Khan, M., Bryceson, I., K. N. Kolivras, Faruque, F., Rahman, M., and Haque, U. 2014.  Natural Disasters and land-use/land-cover change in the southwest coastal areas of Bangladesh.  Regional Environmental Change. DOI 10.1007/s10113-014-0642-8.

Luebbering, C. R.*, K. N. Kolivras, and S. Prisley. 2013. Visualizing linguistic diversity through cartography and GIS. The Professional Geographer. 65(4): 580-593.

Luebbering, C. R.*, K. N. Kolivras, and S. Prisley. 2013. The lay of the language: Surveying the cartographic characteristics of language maps. Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 40(5): 383-400.

Recent Grants:

National Institutes of Health
2018-2020. “Spatiotemporal analysis of adverse birth outcomes in Central Appalachia.” Julia Gohlke (PI), Korine Kolivras, Linsey Marr, Leigh-Anne Krometis, and Shyam Ranaganathan (co-PIs). $425,750.

Powell River Project
2017-2018. “Zooming In On Adverse Birth Outcomes in Coalfield Regions of Central Appalachia.”  Julia Gohlke (PI), Korine Kolivras, and Leigh-Anne Krometis (co-PIs). $19,940.

National Science Foundation 
2011-2013. “Environmental Variability and Disease Emergence: Spatial Patterns of Lyme Disease Emergence in Virginia.”  Korine Kolivras (PI), James Campbell, David Gaines, Yili Hong, and Stephen Prisley (co-PIs). $199,998.