Xun Shi

|Professor of Geography

My specialty is in geographic information systems (GIS), quantitative spatial analysis and modeling, and the geocomputational approach. I have explored the applications of GI technologies in various domains, particularly in health studies, digital soil mapping, urban and regional planning, public participation, and renewable energy studies.


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  • B.S. Peking University
  • M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • M.Phil. University of Hong Kong
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

Selected Publications

  • Shi, X., Ayotte, J.D., Onda, A., Miller, S., Rees, J., Gilbert-Diamond, D., Onega, T., Gui, J., Karagas, M., and Moeschler, J., Geospatial association between adverse birth outcomes and arsenic in groundwater in New Hampshire, USA, Environmental geochemistry and health, in press; DOI: 10.1007/s10653-014-9651-2, available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10653-014-9651-2#page-1.

  • Shi, X., Miller, S.D., Mwenda, K.M., Onda, A., Rees, J.R., Onega, T.L., Gui, J., Karagas, M.R., Demidenko, E., and  Moeschler, J.B., 2013, Mapping Disease at an Approximated Individual Level Using Aggregate Data: A Case Study of Mapping New Hampshire Birth Defects, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10: 4161-4174. DOI:10.3390/ijerph10094161.

  • Shi, X., Alford-Teaster, J., Onega, T., and Wang, D., 2012, Spatial Access and Local Demand for Major Cancer Care Facilities in the U.S. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(5): 1125-1134.

  • Shi, X., Girod, L, Long, R., Dekett, R., Philippe, J., and Burke, T., 2012, A Comparison of LiDAR-based DEMs and USGS DEMs in Terrain Analysis for Digital Soil Mapping. Geoderma, 170: 217-226.

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Works In Progress

  • 2016, National Institutes of Health, A prospective study of critical environmental exposures in formative early life that impact lifelong health in rural US children: the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study (1UG3OD023275-01). 42 million for 7 years. PI: Margaret Karagas; Xun Shi is a co-Investigator.

  • 2014, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Risk Factors and Burden of Disease to Support the National ALS Registry Effort, Contract Number 200-2014-59046, $714,630 for two years, PIs: Walter Bradley and Elijah Stommel; Xun Shi is a co-Investigator.

  • 2013, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth (P01 ES022832, RD 83544201), 2.76 million for 5 years, PI: Margaret Karagas. Xun Shi is a co-Investigator.

  • 2013, Porter Faculty Research Grant at Dartmouth, Maintaining Environmental Flows and Sustainable Water Use Strategies in a Rapidly Developing Watershed: Tarim Basin, China, $50,000 for two years. PI: Xun Shi.