John Rodgers

Associate Professor

Physical Geography


Office: 210 Hilbun Hall


John is a biogeographer that studies invasive species, human-environmental interactions, coastal vegetation, and paleoecology. Currently, John is researching invasive species, such as Casuarina equisettifolia, in The Bahamas and investigating the affects of climate and hurricanes on Gulf Coast vegetation. Additionally he is investigating climate-vegetation interactions and cave climatology in the Bahamas. John also has interests in using geospatial technologies to monitor vegetation and land-use changes in the Southeast coastal areas.



Ph.D. 1999, Geography, University of Georgia, Athens.
Dissertation Title: The affects of human disturbance on alien plant distributions and primary dune vegetation of the Georgia Sea Islands Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Kathleen C. Parker.

M.S. 1994, Botany, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Thesis Title: Modern Pollen Spectra of Coasta Rica. Thesis Advisor: Dr. Sally P. Horn

B.S. 1991, Biology and Botany, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Professional Experience

2001 – present Mississippi State University, Department of Geosciences,
1999 – 2001 University of New Orleans, Department of Geography

Courses taught at MSU

A) On Campus

GR 4203/6203: Geography of North America (spring semester)

GR 4303/6304: Principles of GIS (fall semester)

GG 4523/6523: Coastal Environments (spring semester)

GR 4813/6813: Natural Hazards, (spring semester)

GR 8990: Advanced Natural Hazards (spring semester)

B) Distance Learning and Teachers in Geosciences

GR 4303/6303: Principles of GIS (fall semester)

GR 4633: Statistical Climatology (fall semester)

GG 8233: Environmental Science (fall semester)

GG 8990: Special Topics in Geography: Climate Change (summer)

GR 8990: Special Topics in Geography: Geospatial Methods (fall semester)


C) TIG Summer Field Methods Courses

GR 8400 Lake Superior (2006 – present)

GR 8400 Outer Banks (2007  – present)

GR 8400 Bahamas (2009 – present)

GR 8400 Mississippi River (2002 – present)

GR 8499 Western Washington (2005)


Refereed Publications


2014 Ho, C. D., Mylroie, J., and Rodgers, J. Fuzzy-based Spatial Modeling Approach to Predict Island Karst Distribution: A Conceptual Model for publication in Environmental Earth Sciences. Environmental Earth Science 71: 1369-1377.

2013 Clary, R., Summral, J., Rodgers, J. C. III .The Effects of Geographic Affiliation on Students' Perceptions, Awareness, and Responses to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Journal of Geoscience Education 61: 453-460.

2013 Rodgers, J. C. III. Size-class distribution of Australian pine [Casuarina
equisetifoliaL. ex J.R. & G. Forst.] beach population on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas. Island the Bahamas. Caribbean Journal of Science 43(1): 37-49.

2013 Sherman-Morris, K., Brown, M.E., Dyer, J.L., McNeal, K.S., Rodgers, J.C.Teachers’ Geoscience Career Knowledge and Implications for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences. Journal of Geoscience Education 61: 326-333.

2013 Meng, Q., Cooke, W. H. and Rodgers, J. 2013. Derivation of 16-day time-series NDVI data for environmental studies using a data assimilation approach. GIScience and Remote Sensing (published on-line; http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15481603.2013.823733)

2013 Luiz Augusto Manfré, Alexandre Marco da Silva, Rodrigo Custódio Urban, John Rodgers. ENVIRONMENTAL FRAGILITY EVALUATION AND GUIDELINES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ZONING: a study case on Ibiuna-SP (Southeastern Brazilian region). Environmental Earth Science 69: 947-957.

2013 Khanal, S., S. Ambinakudige and & J. Rodgers, 2013.  A GIS analysis of the spatial relation between evapotranspiration and pan evaporation in the United States. Water International, iFirst. (On-line)

2012  Rodgers, J.C. III  and Ambinakudige, S, 2012. Distribution Patterns of Invasive Casuarinas (Casuarina equisetifolia L.) Within Beach Environments on San Salvador Island, the Bahamas. Natural Areas Journal. 32(4):386-390. (On-line)

2012  Rodgers, J. C. and Ambinakudige, S. (In-Press).  Spatial variability of the invasive casuarinas (Casuarina equisetifolia L.) within beach environments on San Salvador Island the Bahamas.  To be published in Natural Areas Journal

2011  Rodgers, J. C. (In Press).  Size-class distribution of Australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia L. ex J.R. & G. Forst.] beach populations on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas.  Caribbean Journal of Science, 47 (1). 

2011 Cooke, W.H. III, Rodgers, J.C., and Grala, K., Geospatial Technique for Rapid Delineation of Potential Hurricane Damage. In: Editorial Collegium (eds) Hurricane Research, 978-953-7619-X-X, Intech Publishing, Vienna, Austria. [PDF]

2012 Rodgers, J. C. III, A. Owen-Nagel, and S. Ambinakudige. A Geospatial Online Instruction Model. Review of International Geographical Education Online, 2, 7–24.

2009 Rodgers, J. C. III, Murrah, A. W., and Cooke, W. C. III.  The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Coastal Vegetation of the Weeks Bay Reserve, Alabama from NDVI Data.  Estuaries and Coasts 32:  496-507.

2008 Rodgers, J. C. III and Gamble, D. G.  The Impact of Hurricane Frances (2004) on the Invasive Australian Pine (Casuarina equisetifolia L.) San Salvador Island, The Bahamas.  Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 135: 367-376.

2008 Peacock, E., Rodgers, J.C. III, Bruce, K. and Gray, J. Assessing the Pre-Modern Tree Cover of the Ackerman Unit, Tombigbee National Forest, North Central Hills, MS, Using GLO Survey Notes and Archaeological Data.  Southeastern Naturalist  7:  245-266.

2007 Horn, S. P. and Rodgers, J. C. III.  Pollen in the río Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.  Brenesia: 67: 1-7. 

2007 Senkbeil J.C., Rodgers J.C. III, Sheridan S.C.  The Sensitivity of Tree Growth to Air Mass Variability and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation in Coastal Alabama.  International Journal of Biometeorology 51: 483 - 491.

2006 Rodgers, J. C. III, Gamble, D. G., McCay, D. H., and Phipps, S. Tropical cyclone signals within tree ring chronologies from Weeks Bay National Estuary and Research Reserve, Alabama. Journal of Coastal Research (In Press).

2004 Rodgers, J. C. III. The Distribution of Casuarinas on San Salvador Island.Southeastern Geographer 45: 222-238.

2003 Rodgers, J. C. III and Parker, K. C. Distribution of alien plant species in relation to human disturbance and environmental stress on the Georgia Sea Islands. Diversity and Distributions 9: 385-398.

2002 Rodgers, J. C. III. Effects of human disturbance on the dune vegetation of the Georgia Sea Islands, USA. Physical Geography 23: 79 – 94.

1998 Horn, S.P., Rodgers, J.C. III, Orvis, K.H., and Northrop, L.A. Recent vegetation and land use history form soil pollen analysis: testing the potential in the lowland humid tropics. Palynology 22: 167-180.

1997 Horn, Sally P., and Rodgers, J.C. III, 1996-1997. The northern limit of Alnus (Fagales) in Costa Rica: modern pollen evidence of a possible range extension. Revista Biologia Tropical 45(1): 609-611.

1996 Rodgers, J.C. III, and Horn, S.P. 1996. Modern Pollen Spectra from Costa Rica. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology 124: 53 - 71.


2002 – 2004 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate.

2002 – 2004 College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Committee

2002 - 2004 Southeastern Division of Association of American Geographers Honors Committee.

2002-2003 Southeastern Division of Association of American Geographers World

Geography Coach for Team Mississippi.


Professional Memberships

Association of American Geographers

Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers






Department of Geosciences • 108 Hilbun Hall • P.O. Box 5448 • Mississippi State, MS 39762-5448

phone: 662-325-3915 • fax: 662-325-9423