IDCE Faculty

Samuel J. Ratick, Ph.D.

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Professor of Environmental Science and Policy and Geography

Phone: (508) 793-4608
Email: sratick@clarku.edu

  • Clark Profile
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Education

    • Ph.D., 1979 Geography and Environmental Engineering, Program in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
      B.A., 1966 Mathematics: State University of New York at Buffalo, NY

    Research Interests

    Decision analysis in environmental assessment and management, spatial analysis, quantitative and dynamic modeling, environmental policy, coastal hazards from climate change, pollution prevention in companies, locating hazardous facilities

    Biography

    Sam Ratick served as an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked on a forecasting system that assessed current and future effects of economic activity on the environment and the effects of proposed environmental policies on the environment and economy. He also served as the Legislative Assistant for Energy and Environment to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. His academic research work has focused on the development and use of analytical methods and mathematical models to aid the decision process for environmental assessment and management. He has been the principal investigator on grants and contracts from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Ratick’s project, “Assessing the Vulnerability of Populations to Mercury Emissions,” received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The research explored the differences in the potential for harm from exposure to mercury, attributes that may make populations vulnerable are the inability of coping with the effects of exposure, a particular sensitivity due to health or age factors, and the degree of environmental exposure.  Ratick received a three-year National Science Foundation grant of $190,000 (with Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama) to research “Organizational Dynamics of the U.S. Logistics Industry: The Impacts of Inter-firm Relations, Technologies, and Globalization.”

    Selected Publications

    “Application and Extension of the Moore and ReVelle Hierarchical Maximal Covering Model for Locating Systems of Medical Facilities,” to appear in: Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, co-authored with Jeffery Osleeb and Dai Hozumi.

    “Modeling Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Efficient Location/Allocation Decisions,” Computers and Operations Research 35 No.2 (2008): 457 - 474. Co-authored with Ronald Klimberg.

    “Introduction to the Special Issue on Location Modeling, Dedication to Charles S. ReVelle” Computers and Operations Research 35 No.2 (2008): 309 - 312.

    “Trust, Transactions, and Inter-firm Relations in the U.S. Logistics Industry.” Economic Geography 83 No. 2 (2007): 159-180. Co-authored with Yuko Aoyama.

    “Organizational Dynamics of the U.S. Logistics Industry: From An Economic Geography Perspective,” 2006, The Professional Geographer, 58(3): 330–343. Co-authored with Yuko Aoyama and Guido Schwarz.

    “Modeling the Impact of Business-to-Business Electronic Commerce on the Organization of the Logistics Industry,” 2005, Geographical Analysis 37. 84-106. Co-authored with Yuko Aoyama and Guido Schwarz.

    “Decision Making and Uncertainty: Bayesian Analysis of Potential Flood Heights,” co-written with S. M. Manson and A. R. Solow, Geographical Analysis 34 (2): 112-129. The Ohio State University. April 2002.

    “Dynamic Facility Location When the Total Number of Facilities Is Uncertain: A Decision Analysis Approach,” with John Current and Charles ReVelle. The European Journal of Operational Research. 2000.

    Courses

    Community Development and Planning
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy/ Lecture, Discussion
    Introduction to Quantitative Methods /Lecture, Laboratory
    Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography/Lecture, Laboratory
    Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis/Seminar
    Technology and Environmental Assessment Seminar
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management

    Environmental Science
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy/ Lecture, Discussion
    Introduction to Quantitative Methods /Lecture, Laboratory
    Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography/Lecture, Laboratory
    Technology and Environmental Assessment/Seminar

    Environmental Science and Policy
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy/ Lecture, Discussion
    Introduction to Quantitative Methods /Lecture, Laboratory
    Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography/Lecture, Laboratory
    Technology and Environmental Assessment Seminar
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management

    Ethics and Public Policy
    Technology and Environmental Assessment Seminar

    Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy/ Lecture, Discussion
    Introduction to Quantitative Methods /Lecture, Laboratory
    Technology and Environmental Assessment Seminar
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management

    Geography
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy/ Lecture, Discussion
    Introduction to Quantitative Methods /Lecture, Laboratory
    Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography/Lecture, Laboratory
    Technology and Environmental Assessment/Seminar
    Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis/Seminar

    Global Environmental Studies
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy/ Lecture, Discussion
    Introduction to Quantitative Methods /Lecture, Laboratory
    Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography/Lecture, Laboratory
    Technology and Environmental Assessment/Seminar

    International Development and Social Change
    Introduction to Quantitative Methods /Lecture, Laboratory
    Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography/Lecture, Laboratory
    Technology and Environmental Assessment/Seminar
    Technology and Environmental Assessment Seminar
    Decision Methods for Environmental Management

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