Gunwha Oh


Ph.D., Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo)
M.A., Geography, State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo)
B.A., Urban Engineering, Busan National University, Busan, South Korea




The “Introduction to GIS” course will be balanced between that students achieve an understanding theories behind GIS and that they acquire skills to carry out basic GIS analyses using a common ESRI ArcGIS software package. GIS labs will be accompanied, and lab assignments will be designed to enhance students’ understanding of the lectures and provide real-world experiences.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 342 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG465 GIS Database and Programming (Seattle campus)


My research interests are conducting GIS analysis and developing geovisualization dealing with some issues caused in our urban built-environment. I have collaborated with students and faculty members on projects as diverse as university campus design, neighborhood-level participatory GIS, crime analysis, GIS mapping for historical events, and most recently GIS mapping and analysis of spatial diffusion of disease from the primates to the humans.

Selected Publications

Lisa Jones-Engel, Gregory Engel, Christopher Small, Khanh Soliven, Mostafa Feeroz, Xiaoxing Wang, M. Kamrul Hasan, Gunwha Oh, S.M. Rabiul Alam, Karen Craig, Dana Jackson, Frederick Matsen IV, and Maxine Linial. 2013 Zoonotic Simian Foamy Virus in Bangladesh Reflects Diverse Patterns of Transmission and Co-infections Emerging Microbes & Infections-decision, 2, e58; doi:10.1038/emi.2013.60
 Published online 4 September 2013

M. Steven Oberste, Mohammed M. Feeroz, Kaija Maher, W. Allan Nix, Gregory Engel, K M Hasan, Sajeda Begum, Gunwha Oh, Anwarul Chowdhury, Mark A Pallansch, Lisa Jones-Engel 2012 Characterizing the picornavirus landscape among synanthropic nonhuman primates in Bangladesh, Journal of Virology p.2007-2008

Alicia K. Wilbur, Gregory A. Engel, Aida Rompis, L.G., A. A Putra, Benjamin P. Y-H. Lee, Nantiya Aggimarangsee, Mukesh Chalise, Eric Shaw, Gunwha Oh, Michael A. Schillaci, and Lisa Jones-Engel 2012 From the Mouths of Monkeys: Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex DNA From Buccal Swabs of Synanthropic Macaques, American Journal of Primatology Vol. 74 p. 676-686

Gunwha Oh and Jin-Kyu Jung. 2011. Geovisualizing Children’s Transport Exclusion: Children’s Afterschool Activity Opportunities in the Buffalo Metropolitan Area, New York, Korean Cartographic Journal, Vol. 11. Issue 1. p. 61-71 

Gardella Jr., Joseph A., Tammy Milillo, Gaurav Sinha, Gunwha Oh, David C. Manns, and Eleanor Coffey. 2009. Linking advanced public service learning and community participation with environmental analytical chemistry: lessons from case studies in Western New York, David Redlawsk, Tom Rice, and Associates, Civic Service: Service leaning with state and local government partners.

Gardella Jr., Joseph A, Tammy Milillo, Gaurav Sinha, Gunwha Oh, David Manns, Eleanar Coffey. 2007. Linking Community Service, Learning, and Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry Vol 1. p.810-818