Faculty & Staff

Yuhao Wu, PhD

Yuhao Wu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Geography

Department of Geospatial Informatics
338 Wallace Hall
Troy, AL 36103



PhD in Geography The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Jan 2010 - Jul 2014)

MSc in Geomatics (GIS) Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (Sept 2007 - Mar 2009)

BEng in Computer Science Beijing Normal University, China (Sept 2003 - Jul 2007)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Personal heat exposure measurement
  • Spatial analysis for estimating effects of climate change on public health
  • Quantitative methods for examining the association between climate change and crime
  • GIS and statistical models for evaluating the contribution of climate change on plague outbreaks
  • Quantitative methods on transportation safety and behavior geography


Dr. Wu (he goes by Connor) joined Troy University in August 2018. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech between 2016 to 2018. His postdoctoral research focused on the Alabama heat and its effects on health outcomes (e.g., preterm birth, non-accidental death, and fatal traffic accidents). Before that, he was a Research Associate at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) with the primary responsibilities to investigate the association between historical plague outbreaks and climate change from the GIS perspective. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Geography from HKU, an MSc in Geomatics (GIS) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a BEng in Computer Science from the Beijing Normal University. He has experience in data collection and mining, statistics, and spatiotemporal analysis with GIS and remote sensing skills, and his research interests include public health, epidemiology, climate change, and transportation safety.

Courses Taught at TROY:

  • GEO-2210 World Regional Geography
  • GEO-3300 Principles of Physical Geography
  • SS-3377 Spatial Applications in Social Science Inquiry
  • SS-3375 Introduction to Social Scientific Inquiry

Selected Journal Papers

  • Connor Y.H. Wu, Benjamin Zaitchik, and Julia M. Gohlke (2018). Heat waves and fatal traffic crashes in the continental United States. Accident Analysis & Prevention (IF=3.209)
  • Connor Y.H. Wu, Benjamin Zaitchik, Samarth Swarup, and Julia M. Gohlke (2018). Influence of the spatial resolution of the exposure estimate in determining the association between heat waves and adverse health outcomes. Annals of the American Association of Geographers (IF=2.756)
  • Ricci .P.H. Yue, Harry F. Lee, & Connor Y.H. Wu (2017). Trade routes and plague transmission in pre-industrial Europe. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13481-2 (IF=5.228)
  • Yun Jian, Connor Y.H. Wu, Julia M. Gohlke (2017). Effect modification by environmental quality on the association between heatwaves and mortality in Alabama, United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IF=2.035)
  • Connor Y.H. Wu, Mary B. Evans, Paul E. Wolff, & Julia M. Gohlke (2017). Environmental Health Priorities of Residents and Environmental Health Professionals: Implications for Improving Environmental Health Services in Rural Versus Urban Communities. Journal of Environmental Health
  • Connor Y.H. Wu, and Becky. P. Y. Loo (2017). Changes in novice motorcyclist safety in Hong Kong after the probationary driving license scheme. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science. DOI: 10.1080/23249935.2017.1289277 (IF=1.477)
  • Ricci .P.H. Yue, Harry F. Lee, & Connor Y.H. Wu (2016). Navigable rivers facilitated the spread and recurrence of plague in pre-industrial Europe. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep34867 (IF = 5.228)
  • Connor Y.H. Wu, and Becky. P. Y. Loo (2015). Motorcycle safety among motorcycle taxi drivers in developing countries: A case study of Maoming, South China. Traffic Injury Prevention 17(2): 170-175. DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2015.1048336 (IF=1.413)