Rodrick A. Hay Rodrick A. Hay

Associate Dean and Professor of Geography


NBS Deans Office
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
Telephone: (310) 243-2547
Fax: (310) 516-3987


Ph.D., Geography, University of Arizona, 1996
M.A., Geography, University of Arizona, 1991
M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Santa Clara, 1982
B.S., Earth Science, Northern Arizona University, 1978


Associate Dean, College of Natural and Behavioral Science, 2005-present
Director, Center for Urban Environmental Research (CUER), 2005-present
Professor, CSUDH, 2004-present
Department Chair, Earth Science, 1999-2002, 2004
Associate Professor, 1998-2004
Adjunct Research Scientist, Arizona Remote Sensing Center, University of Arizona,
Assistant Professor, CSUDH, 1996-1998


GEO100 Human Geography
GEO200 Physical Geography
GEO305 Cartography
GEO310 Geomorphology
GEO315 Meteorology
GEO359 Geography of California
GEO408 Remote Sensing
GEO415 Geographic Information Systems
GEO416 Climatology
EAR490 Senior Seminar in Earth Sciences
SMT312 Natural Processes and Human Welfare


Dr. Hay is an experienced instructor and researcher specializing in remote sensing as it applies to land use and land cover change. He has extensive international experience in applied remote sensing, environmental change, vulnerability assessment and household livelihood security.  He has worked in Saudi Arabia, Malawi, The Gambia, Zambia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka. Dr. Hay is currently participating on a collaborative research project to determine impacts of migration on land use and land cover change in the Southern Province of Zambia, and he recently lead a Global Food Security Initiative in Bibile and Eravur, Sri Lanka.


Dr. Hay has been the Principle Investigator or Co-Principle Investigator on grants totaling over six million dollars.  As Director for the Center for Urban Environmental Change (CUER), Dr. Hay received approximately $350,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to initiate a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, establish native species propagation space in association with the campus greenhouse, and renovate the biology department’s ecology laboratory.  The Master’s Degree in Environmental Science hosted its first class in Fall 2009.  He is now collaborating with the Theodore Payne Foundation to found a native species nursery on campus.


Downen, Jeanne and Rodrick Hay.  2007.  C-SAFE Zambia End of Program Evaluation.  Consortium for Southern Africa Food Emergency.  TANGO International for the United States Agency for International Development.  Final Report, 54 pages.

Guyer, Jane I., Eric F. Lambin, Lisa Cliggett, Peter Walker, Kojo Amanor, Thomas Bassett, Elizabeth Colson, Rodrick Hay, Katherine Homewood, Olga Linares, Opoku Pabi, Pauline Peters, Thayer Scudder, Matthew Turner and John Unruh  2007.  Temporal Heterogeneity in the Study of African Land Use: Interdisciplinary Collaboration between Anthropology, Human Geography and Remote Sensing, Human Ecology, 35:3-17.

Cliggett, Lisa, Elizabeth Colson, Rodrick Hay, Thayer Scudder and Jon Unruh.  2007.  Chronic Uncertainty and Momentary Opportunity: A half century of adaptation among Zambia’s Gwembe Tonga, Human Ecology vol. 35.1.

Unruh Jon, Lisa Cligget and Rodrick Hay.  2005.  Migrant Land Rights Reception and
'Clearing to Claim' in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Deforestation Example from
Southern Zambia, Natural Resources Forum 29 (2005) 190-198.

Caldwell, Richard M. and Rodrick A. Hay.  2003.  C-SAFE Zambia Baseline Survey
Report of Findings.  Technical Assistance to Non-Governmental Organizations, Inc., Tucson, Arizona.

Cliggett, Lisa, Rodrick A. Hay and Jon D. Unruh.  2003.  Environmental Change in
Southern Africa: Migration, generation and land tenure in a Zambian Frontier.
Workshop: Time and Generation in African Land Use, Stanford University.