GIScience Certificate Program Coordinator

Contact info

Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, Room 208
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  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Arts, University of Toledo
  • Bachelor of Science, Peking University
Of note:

Current Research Projects are funded by

  • NIH
  • USDA
  • UGA Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant


Selected Publications:

Journal Articles ( * corresponding author)

Wang, M., Chen, Y., Mu, L.*, & Zhang, X. (accepted). Road Network Structure and Ride-sharing Accessibility: A Network Science Perspective. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.

Martinez, L.*, W. Cheng, X. Wang, F. Ling, L. Mu, C. Li, X. Huo, M. H. Ebell, H. Huang, L. Zhu, C. Li, E. Chen, A. Handel, and Y. Shen* (2019). A Risk Classification Model to Predict Mortality Among Laboratory-Confirmed Avian Influenza A H7N9 Patients: A Population-Based Observational Cohort Study. The Journal of Infectious Diseases 220 (11):1780-1789. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiz328 %J The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Gao, Y.*, J. Liu, Y. Xu, L. Mu, and Y. Liu. (2019). A Spatiotemporal Constraint Non-Negative Matrix Factorization Model to Discover Intra-Urban Mobility Patterns from Taxi Trips. Sustainability, 11 (15):4214. doi:10.3390/su11154214.

Zhang, X. and L. Mu* (2019).  The Perceived Importance and Objective Measurement of Walkability in the Built Environment Rating. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. doi: 10.1177/2399808319832305.

O’Hare, N., C. Carrol, L. Mu, T. Jordan and M. Madden* (2019). Amphibian Distribution in the Georgia Seas Islands: Implications from the Past and for the Future. The Journal of North American Herpetology (JNAH).

Wang, M. & L. Mu* (2018) Spatial Disparities of Uber Accessibility: An Exploratory Analysis in Atlanta, USA. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 67, 169-175. doi:

Yin, P. & L. Mu* (2017) A hybrid method for fast detection of spatial disease clusters in irregular shapes. GeoJournal. doi: 10.1007/s10708-017-9799-2

Xu, W., R. Fayrer-Hosken, M. Madden*, C. Simms, L. Mu & A. Presotto (2017) Coupling African elephant movement and habitat modeling for landscape availability-suitability-connectivity assessment in Kruger National park, South Africa. Pachyderm (Journal of the African Elephant Specialist Group, the African Rhino Specialist Group and the Asian Rhino Specialist Group), 58, 97-106.

Yang, W., L. Mu*, and Y. Shen (2015). The effect of climate and seasonality on depressed mood among twitter users. Applied Geography. 60, 184-191. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.06.017.

Mu, L.*, Wang, F.*, Chen, V. W., & Wu, X. (2015). A place-oriented, mixed-level regionalization method for constructing geographic areas in health data dissemination and analysis. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(1), 48-66. doi:10.1080/00045608.2014.968910.

Yang, W. and L. Mu* (2015). GIS analysis of depression among Twitter users. Applied Geography. 60, 217-223. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.10.016.

Yin, P. and L. Mu* (2015).  An empirical comparison of spatial demand representations in maximal coverage modeling. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 42: 574-592. doi:10.1068/b130004p

Yin, P., L. Mu*, M. Madden & J. Vena (2014). Hierarchical Bayesian modeling of spatio-temporal patterns of lung cancer incidence risk in Georgia, USA: 2000-2007. Journal of Geographical Systems, 16(4), 387-407. doi:10.​1007/​s10109-014-0200-4

Wang, M. and L. Mu* (2014). What geomorphological characteristics accommodate emergent herbaceous wetlands in North Georgia? – Geographic Knowledge Discovery from the NLCD and DEM. Annals of GIS, 20(3), 169-180. doi:10.1080/19475683.2014.942364.

Cui, L., C. Gao, D. Zhou* & L. Mu (2014). Quantitative analysis of the driving forces causing declines in marsh wetland landscapes in the Honghe region, northeast China, from 1975 to 2006. Environmental Earth Sciences, 71(3), 135-1367.doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2542-5.

Mu, L.* (2013). From Zipf’s Law to hypsometry:  seeking the “signature” of elevation distribution. The International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27(7), 1312-1328. doi:10.1080/13658816.2012.721887

Yin, P. and L. Mu* (2012).  Modular capacitated maximal covering location problem for the optimal siting of emergency vehicles. Applied Geography, 34, 247-254. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.11.013.

Mu, L.* and R. Liu, 2011. A Heuristic Alpha-Shape Based Clustering Method for Ranked Radial Pattern Data. Applied Geography, 31(2), 621-630. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2010.11.012

Albeke, S. E., Nibbelink, N. P.*, Mu, L., and Ellsworth, D. J., 2010. Measuring boundary convexity at multiple spatial scales using a linear "moving window" analysis: an application to coastal river otter habitat selection. Landscape Ecology, 25(10), 1575-1587. doi: 10.1007/s10980-010-9528-4

Mu, L.* and J. Radke, 2009. A Weighted Difference Barrier Method in Landscape Genetics. Journal of Geographical Systems, 11(2), 141-154. doi: 10.1007/s10109-009-0079-7

Liu, R.* and L. Mu*, 2008. The Delimitation of Central Cites' Influential Regions and the Integration of Urban Groups Based on the Multiplicatively Weighted Voronoi Diagram. Human Geography, 101(3), 28-34 (in Chinese). article ID: 1003- 2398( 2008) 03- 0028- 07

Mu, L.* and F. Wang*, 2008. A scale-space clustering method: mitigating the effect of scale in the analysis of zone-based data. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 98(1), 85-101. doi: 10.1080/00045600701734224

Mu, L.*, 2008. A Shape-based Buffering Method. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 35(3), 399-412. doi: 10.1068/b33046

Mu, L.* and X. Wang , 2006. Population Landscape: A Geometric Approach to Study Spatial Patterns of the US Urban Hierarchy. The International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 20(6), 649-667. doi: 10.1080/13658810600661342

Zhou D., J. Radke*, Y. Tian, J. Xu and L. Mu, 2005. A Model Supported by GIS for Locating and Quantifying PM2.5 Emission originated from Residential Wood Burning. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 17(5), 861-865. article ID: 1001-0742(2005)05-0861-05

Mu, L.*, 2004. Polygon characterization with the multiplicatively weighted Voronoi diagram. The Professional Geographer, 56(2), 223-239. doi: 10.1111/j.0033-0124.2004.05602007.x

Zhou D.*, J. Xu, J. Radke, and L. Mu, 2004. A Spatial Cluster Method Supported by GIS for Urban-Suburban-Rural Classification. Chinese Geographical Science, 14(4), 337-342. article ID: 1002-0063(2004)04-0337-06

Radke, J*. and L. Mu, 2000. Spatial Decompositions, Modeling and Mapping Service Regions to Predict Access to Social Programs. Geographic Information Sciences, 6(2): 105-112. doi: 10.1080/10824000009480538

Gong, P.* and L. Mu, 2000. Error Detection through Consistency Checking. Geographic Information Sciences, 6(2): 188-193. doi: 10.1080/10824000009480549

Radke, J*., T. Cova, M. Sheridan, A. Troy, L. Mu, and R. Johnson, 2000. Application Challenges for GIScience: Implications for Research, Education, and Policy for Emergency Preparedness and Response. Urban and Regional Information Systems Association Journal, 12(2): 15-30.

Book Chapters

Zhang, X. and L. Mu* (in press). Incorporating Online Survey and Social Media Data into a GIS Analysis for Measuring Walkability, in E. Delmelle and Y. Lu (eds.) Geospatial Technologies for Urban Health. Springer International Publishing AG.

Mu, L.* and S. Holloway (2019). Neighborhoods, in J. Wilson (eds.) Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge. University Consortium for Geographic Information Science.

Mu, L.* (2016). Regionalization of public health departments (p.210-226), in X. Shi and F. Wang (eds.) GIScience in Public Health. (in Chinese) Beijing, China: Higher Education Press, China.

Mu, L. and F. Wang*. 2015. Appendix 9B: A toolkit of the mixed–level regionalization method. In Quantitative Methods and Socioeconomic Applications in GIS (Wang, 2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis. p. 213-216.

Mu, L.*, F. Wang and S. McLafferty , 2010. Analyzing Spatial Patterns of Late-Stage Breast Cancer in Chicago Region: A Modified Scale-Space Clustering Approach. in B. Jiang and X. Yao (eds.) Geospatial Analysis and Modeling of Urban Structure and Dynamics (pp.355-372). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Mu, L.*, 2009. Thiessen Polygon. In Kitchin R. and Thrift N. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Vol. II, pp.231-236)

Mu, L.*, 2007. Analytical Cartography. In K. K. Kemp (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science, 8-10.