Tenure-Track Faculty

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Susanna T.Y. Tong

Title: Professor, 2+2 Program Advisor
Office: 401D Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-3435


  • PhD, Sheffield University, United Kingdom (Geography and Botany (Applied Ecology)), 1980
  • Bachelor's Degree, The Chinese University of Hong Kong , Hong Kong (Geography, Biology), 1975


Research Areas: Global Changes, Watershed Management, Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling, Land Use Modeling, Ecological Risk Assessment, Heavy Metal Contaimination

Dr. Tong’s research specialties are focused on environmental geography; biogeography; as well as urban ecology, forestry and hydrology. Her research interests span from heavy metal contamination; ecological risk assessment; watershed management; hydrologic and water quality modeling; land use modeling; and population projection to impacts of global changes on water infrastructure. Currently, she is undertaking a few funded research projects, including the study of the impacts of global changes on water resources and the modeling of harmful algae bloom under future climate and land management changes.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1001 - Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 2062 - People and Environment II: Water, Energy, and Resources
  • GEOG 5151/6051 - Urban Habitat

Selected Publications

  • Tong, S. T., Yang, H., Chen, H., & Yang, J. Y. (2016). Hydrologic impacts of climate change and urbanization in the Las Vegas Wash Watershed, Nevada. Journal of Water and Climate Change, jwc2016038.
  • Chen, H., Tong, S. T., Yang, H., & Yang, Y. J. (2015). Simulating the hydrologic impacts of land-cover and climate changes in a semi-arid watershed. Hydrological Sciences Journal60(10), 1739-1758.
  • Naramngam, S., & Tong, S. T. (2013). Environmental and economic implications of various conservative agricultural practices in the Upper Little Miami River basin. Agricultural water management119, 65-79.
  • Tong, S. T., Sun, Y., Ranatunga, T., He, J., & Yang, Y. J. (2012). Predicting plausible impacts of sets of climate and land use change scenarios on water resources. Applied Geography32(2), 477-489.
  • Tong, S. T., Liu, A. J., & Goodrich, J. A. (2009). Assessing the water quality impacts of future land-use changes in an urbanising watershed. Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems26(1), 3-18.

Awards and Honors

  • Served as a peer review panelist to review research proposals for the USEPA STAR Award, Washington DC, 2000 to 2007.
  • Served as a Science Consultant to the United Nations in drafting a “Term of Reference” on trans-boundary watershed management strategies, 2003 to 2004.
  • Served as a peer review panelist for the NSF Geography and Regional Science Program for a two-year term, 2004 to 2006.
  • Science Review Panelist, 2011 to 2012. Served as a peer-review panelist for the USEPA STAR Grant award.