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Kenan Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Courses Taught

BST 5500 - Statistical Learning; BST 5600 - R for Spatial Analysis; BST 5961 - Master's Project.


Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University

M.S. Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University 

B.S. Environmental Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Nankai University, China

Research Interests

Spatial computation and modeling of community resilience/sustainability; Data science and statistics in environmental health; Geo-simulation of human and environmental systems; Geo-AI (artificial intelligence) frameworks; Integrated geo-cyber-infrastructures; Integrated sensor data; Biostatistics algorithms.

Publications and Media Placements

  • Li, K., Sward, K., Deng, H., Morrison, J., Habre, R., Franklin, M., Chiang, Y.Y., Gilliland, F., Ambite, J.L., and Eckel, S.P. (2022). Dynamic time warping self-organizing maps to discover diurnal patterns in the residential exposure time-series of asthmatic patients. Scientific Reports 11, 24052.
  • Garcia, E., Marian, B., Chen, Z., Li, K., Lurmann, F., Gilliland, F., Eckel, S.P. (2022). Long-term Ambient Air Pollution Associated with Weekly COVID-19 Mortality in California Census Tracts: Analysis of the first 12-months of the pandemic. Environment International 292(B), 118396.
  • Li, K., Deng, H., Morrison, J., Habre, R., Franklin, M., Gilliland, F., Ambite, J.L., and Eckel, S.P. (2021). Using wavelets transformation to discover time series shapelets. Sensors 21(17), 5801.
  • Garcia,E., Eckel,S.P., Chen, Z., Li, K., and Gilliland, F.D. (2021). COVID-19 Mortality in California Based on Death Certificates: Disproportionate Impacts Across Racial/Ethnic Groups and Nativity. Annals of Epidemiology 58, 69-75.
  • Li, K., Habre, R., Deng, H., Urman, R., Morrison, J., Gilliland, F.D., Ambite, J.L., Stripelis, D., Chiang, Y.Y., Lin, Y., Bui, A.A.T., King, C., Hosseini, A., Vliet, E.V., Sarrafzadeh, M., and Eckel, S.P. (2019) Applying multivariate segmentation methods to human activity recognition from wearable sensors data. JMIR-mHealth and uHealth 7(2): e11201.
  • Lam, N.S.N., Qiang, Y., Li, K., Cai, H., Zou, L., and Mihunov, V. (2018). Extending resilience assessment to dynamic system modeling: Perspectives on human dynamics and climate change research. Journal of Coastal Research 85: 1401-1405.
  • Lam, N.S.N., Xu, Y.J., Liu, K.B., Dismukes, D.E., Reams, M.A., Pace, R. K., Qiang, Y., Narra, S., Li, K., Bianchette, T.A., Cai, H., and Zou, L. (2018). Understanding the Mississippi River Delta as a coupled natural-human system: Research methods, challenges, and prospects. Water 10(8): 1054.
  • Li, K., and Lam, N.S.N. (2018). A spatial dynamic model of population changes in a vulnerable coastal environment. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 32(4): 685-710.
  • Li, K., and Lam, N.S.N. (2018). Geographically Weighted Elastic Net: A variable-selection and modeling method under the spatially nonstationary condition. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 108(6): 1582-1600. 
  • Zou, L., Kent, J., Lam, N.S.N., Cai, H., Qiang, Y., and Li, K. (2016). Evaluating land subsidence rates and their implications for land loss in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. Water 8(1): 10.
  • Li, X.L., Lam, N.S.N., Qiang, Y., Li, K., Yin L.R., Liu, S., and Zheng, W.F. (2016). Measuring county resilience after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 7(4): 393-412.
  • Lam, N.S.N., Reams, M., Li, K., Li, C., and Mata, L.P. (2016). Measuring community resilience to coastal hazards along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Natural Hazards Review 17(1): 12.
  • Cai, H., Lam, N.S.N., Zou, L., Qiang, Y., and Li, K. (2016). Assessing community resilience to coastal hazards in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. Water 8(2): 18.
  • Li, K., Lam N.S.N., Qiang, Y., Zou, L., and Cai, H. (2015). A cyberinfrastructure for community resilience assessment and visualization. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 42 (Suppl. 1): 34-39.
  • Cai, Z., Zhou Q.X., Peng, S.W., and Li, K. (2010). Promoted biodegradation and microbiological effects of petroleum hydrocarbons by Impatiens balsamina L. with strong endurance. Journal of Hazardous Materials 183(1-3): 731-737.

  • You can also find Kenan Li on his personal website.