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Pierre Goovaerts

Pierre Goovaerts

Pierre Goovaerts, PhD
Department of Soil and Water Science
University of Florida,United States

 

 

Biography

Dr. Pierre Goovaerts studied at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) where he earned a PhD in Agricultural engineering in 1992. Pierre Goovaerts then received a Fulbright Research Scholarship and was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University (1993-1994), where he wrote the textbook entitled Geostatistics for Natural Resources Evaluation published by Oxford University Press in 1997. After five years on the Faculty at the University of Michigan, he became in 2002 Chief Scientist for the R&D Company, Biomedware, Inc, where he conducts NIH funded research on the development of geostatistical methodology for the analysis of health and environmental data. Pierre Goovaerts has been developing and implementing in the software SpaceStat new techniques for mapping, cluster and boundary analysis of health outcomes, with a particular focus on cancer. Dr. Goovaerts has authored more than 130 refereed papers in the field of theoretical and applied geostatistics, and he is a reviewer for 50 international journals. He has taught numerous short courses in the US and Europe, which were attended by academics, consultants and federal employees. Pierre Goovaerts has also been teaching in India, China and Niger. Dr. Goovaerts created in 2001 his own consulting company, PGeostat, LLC. He now acts as a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and he is bringing his expertise to numerous projects in US and Europe dealing with the characterization of air, soil and water pollution and its impact on human health. Since 2009 he is an off-site employee for the international company CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation), providing expertise on the geostatistical modeling of contaminated sediments in rivers and lakes. He is also working on the preparation of a best practice document for the geostatistical characterization of contaminated sites.For the last five years, Dr. Goovaerts has been a Courtesy Associate Professor at the University of Florida, Soil and Water Science Department. In 2009, he was appointed Associate Editor of the international journal Mathematical Geosciences. He is the 2013 International Association of Mathematical Geology (IAMG) Distinguished Lecturer.

Research Interest

Pierre Goovaerts research interests focused on Geostatistical analysis of health data,Geographical and racial disparities in health outcomes, Environmental risk assessment and Visualization and mapping of space-time information.

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