Dongmei Chen Bio

Dongmei Chen

BA, MSc, PhD


Dr. Dongmei Chen is a Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning at Queen’s University with cross-appointment to the Department of Environmental Studies. She has over 20 years of experience in GIS and remote sensing application and software development programming and is a consultant and research collaborator for the the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Public Health Agency of Canada, among other academic and public health institutions. She has a Masters in GIS and remote sensing application from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a PhD in Geography from San Diego State University/University of California at Sanata Barbara.


Dr. Chen’s Lab, the Laboratory of Geographic Information and Spatial Analyst focuses on developing a stimulating environment for research and training on geographic data collection, management, mapping, visualization, analysis, and modeling. The core techniques in the lab include geographic information science, remote sensing, spatial analysis and environmental modelling. the understanding and modeling of interactions between human activities and the physical environment by using GIS and remote sensing techniques and spatial modeling approaches from local to regional scales. Her research group have worked on spatio-temporal mapping and modeling of Lyme disease risk in eastern Ontario for over eight years.


Dr. Chen is a Co-Applicant on the grant. She will contribute to risk reduction and prevention research activities. Specifically she will participate in Lyme risk characterization through linking tick surveillance and human case data to environmental/climate factors and social determinants and contribute to the better understanding of how climate and land use change impact the tick and its host habitats and human Lyme risk.