Yuri Gorokhovich


Yuri Gorokhovich

Assistant Professor, Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences M.S., Odessa State University (Ukraine); M.A., Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center

Prof. Gorokhovich taught at Columbia University from 1999-2007 and was an associate research scientist at its Center for International Earth Science Information Network from 2003-2007. He also taught at the State University of New York at Purchase from 2001-2003. While earning his doctorate, Prof. Gorokhovich worked as a research scientist at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. His academic and research interests include multidisciplinary studies across geology, archaeology, social and demographic studies, hydrology, and remote sensing. His current research areas include glacial geomorphology and climate change; conservation of coastal lands; spatial analysis and information management for humanitarian decision making during natural disasters; and Geographic Information Systems modeling of coastal vulnerability to climate change. He has produced documentary films on geological topics and written or co-authored dozens of papers in scholarly journals and conference proceedings.

Prof. Gorokhovich grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, in the former Soviet
Union. He was drawn to geology in part because it permitted him a measure of freedom to travel and study in such remote places as the Sea of Japan and the coastal regions of The Black Sea in Ukraine. Today, he enjoys playing the classical guitar and windsurfing and kayaking on the Hudson River and Long Island Sound.

He is excited about developing new courses on natural disasters and hopes to create interdisciplinary field-study programs linking geology with environmental science and archeology.