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Richard Shaker

Shaker, Richard Ross


Associate Professor


BSc (Honors), Wisconsin-La Crosse, MSc, PhD, Wisconsin–Milwaukee


JOR 618A


416-979-5000 x3122

Email Address:


Biogeography; Conservation of Natural Resources; Environmental Planning & Policy; GIS; Natural Hazards; Physical Geography; Spatial Analysis & Quantitative Methods; Sustainability Science; Water Resources; Weather & Climate; Urbanization;



Geography & Environmental Studies

Research Interests:

Sustainability Indicators

Sustainable Development

Landscape Ecology

Global Change

Landscape Planning


Current Courses:

ES 8922: GIS for Environmental Management

EUS 501: Ecological Processes in the Cdn Landscape

EUS 860: Measuring Sustainability

EUS 870: Ecological Restoration

Selected Publications & Presentations:

Shaker, R.R., Aversa, J., Papp, V., Serre, B.M., & Mackay, B.R. (2020). Showcasing Relationships between Neighborhood Design and Wellbeing Toronto Indicators. Sustainability12(3), 997.

Vaz, E., Shaker, R.R., & Cusimano, M.D. (2020). A geographical exploration of environmental and land use characteristics of suicide in the greater Toronto area. Psychiatry Research, 112790.

Shaker, R.R., Y. Altman, C. Deng, E. Vaz, K.W. Forsythe. (2019) “Investigating urban heat island through spatial analysis of New York City streetscapes." Journal of Cleaner Production 233: 972-992.

Daradur, M., Cazac V., Josu V., Leah T., Lopotenco V., Rajandra P., Shaker R., Talmac I., Caisin V., Isac A. (2019). National Drought Plan of the Republic of Moldova. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova, State Hydrometeorological Service, Research and Project Centre "Eco Logistica". 1-116. Available from:

Shaker, R.R., G. Rybarczyk, C. Brown, V. Papp, S. Alkins. (2019) “(Re)emphasizing Urban Infrastructure Resilience via Scoping Review and Content Analysis.” Urban Science 3(2): 44. DOI:

Shaker, R.R. (2018) “A Mega-Index for the Americas and Its Underlying Sustainable Development Correlations.” Ecological Indicators 89: 466-479. DOI:

Shaker, R.R. (2018) “Examining Sustainable Landscape Function Across the Republic of Moldova.” Habitat International. 72:77-91. DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2016.11.002

Brown, C., R.R. Shaker, & R. Das. (2018) “A Review of Approaches for Measuring and Evaluating Urban Resilience Outcomes.” Environment, Development and Sustainability  20(1) : 23-40. DOI: 10.1007/s10668-016-9891-7

Daradur, M., Cazac V., Mosoi, Iu., Leah, T., Shaker, R., Josu, V., Talmaci, I. (2018). National land degradation neutrality targets (Republic of Moldova). Chisinau, State Hydrometeorological Service. [Technical Report]. 1-42. Available from:

Rybarczyk, G., S. Banerjee, M. Starking-Szymanski, R.R Shaker. (2018) “Travel and us: The impact of mode share on sentiment using Twitter and GIS.” Journal of Location-Based Services 12(1): 40-62. DOI: 10.1080/17489725.2018.1468039

Forsythe, K.W., H. Cameron, A.J. Buckland, R.R. Shaker, J.M. Aversa, S.J. Swales, M.W. MacDonald. (2018) “Assessing Fine Particulate Matter Concentrations and Trends in Southern Ontario, Canada, 2003–2012.” AIMS Environmental Science 5(1): 35-46. DOI: 10.3934/environsci.2018.1.35

Shaker, R.R., A.D. Yakubov, S.M. Nick, E. Vennie-Vollrath, T.J. Ehlinger, & K.W. Forsythe. (2017) “Predicting Aquatic Invasion in Adirondack Lakes: A Spatial Analysis of Lake and Landscape Characteristics.” Ecosphere. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1723

Shaker, R.R. & I. Sirodoev. (2016) “Assessing Sustainable Development Across Moldova using Household and Property Composition Indicators.” Habitat International 55: 192-204. DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2016.03.005

Brown, C., Shaker, R.R., Gorgolewski, M., Papp, V., & Alkins, S. (2016). “Urban resilience in Canada:Research priorities and best practices for climate resilience in cities.” [Technical Report]. 1-39. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. Grant No. 421-2015-1037. Available from:

Shaker, R.R., & S.L. Zubalsky. (2015) “Examining Patterns of Sustainability Across Europe: A Multivariate and Spatial Assessment of 25 Composite Indices.” International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology 22(1): 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2014.923058

Shaker, R.R. (2015) “The Well-being of Nations: An Empirical Assessment of Sustainable Urbanization for Europe.” International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology 22(5): 375-387.  DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2015.1055524

Shaker, R.R. (2015) “The Spatial Distribution of Development in Europe and Its Underlying Sustainability Correlations.” Applied Geography 63: 304-314. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.07.009

Shaker, R.R., & T.J. Ehlinger. 2014. "Exploring Non-Linear Relationships Between Landscape and Aquatic Ecological Condition in Southern Wisconsin: A GWR and ANN Approach." International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 5(4): 1-20. DOI: 10.4018/ijagr.2014100101


Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Spatial & Sustainability Sciences