Bharath Ganesh Babu

Associate Professor of Geography

Chair, Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Program

Kallay-Christopher Hall, 201-A
219.464.6984
bharath.ganeshbabu@valpo.edu

Education

MBA – Purdue University Global (2021)
Ph.D. – Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana (2009)
M.Sc. – University of Madras, Chennai, India (1997)
B.Sc. – Presidency College, Chennai, India (1995)

Interests

Globalization and the Environment, Remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, Cartographic Design.

Courses Taught

GEO 102 Globalization and Development
GEO 130 Earth from Above
GEO 215 Geographic Information Systems
GEO 225 Cartography and Map Design
GEO 260 Environmental Conservation
GEO 330 Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEO 365 Biogeography

Publications

Peller, J., Nevers, M., Byappanahalli, M., Nelson, C., Ganesh Babu, B., Evans, M., Kostelnik, E., Keller, M., Johnston, J., and Shidler, S. (2021) Sequestration of microfibers and other microplastics by green algae, Cladophora, in the US Great Lakes. Environmental Pollution. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.116695

Peller, J., Nelson, C., Ganesh Babu, B., Iceman, C., and Kostelnik, E. (2020). A review of microplastics in freshwater environments: locations, methods and pollution loads. In Current Status of Environmental Research on Water Contaminants, ACS Symposium Series. https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-2020-1352.ch004

Clark, C. A., Goebbert, K. H., Ganesh Babu, B., Young, A. M., Heinlein, K. N., Casas, E. G., … & Caruthers, A. L. (2020). Classification of Lake Michigan snow days for estimation of the lake-effect contribution to the downward trend in November snowfall. International Journal of Climatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6542

Clark, C. A., Ganesh Babu, B., Elless, T. J., Lyza, A. W., Koning, D. M., Carne, A. R., … Barrick, J. M. (2018). Spatio-temporal November and March snowfall trends in the Lake Michigan region. International Journal of Climatology, 38(8), 3250–3263. https://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0285.1

Clark, C.A., Elless, T., Lyza, T., Ganesh Babu, B., Koning, D., Carne, A., Boney, H., Sink, A., Mustered, S., Barrick, J., & Smedley, K. (2016). Spatiotemporal snowfall variability in the Lake Michigan region: How is warming affecting wintertime and transition season snowfall? Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 55(8), 1813 – 1830. https://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0285.1

Basu, S., Devaraj, N., & Ganesh Babu, B. (2009). Spatial relationships between race, poverty and environmental quality in Northwest Indiana. Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, xiii, 60-84.

Daniels, L.D., Butler, S.M., Clinton, P. P., Ganesh Babu, B., Hrinkevich, K. H., … & Speer, J.H.  (2006). Whitebark pine stand dynamics at Morell Mountain, Montana.  In J. H. Speer (Ed.) Experiential learning and exploratory research: The 13th Annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF).  Indiana State University, Department of Geography, Geology, and Anthropology, Professional Paper Series No. 23: 15-29.

Book Chapters

Dando, W. and Ganesh Babu, B. (2019). In Search of More Precise Name and Place Name Identifiers.  In Dando, W. A., Dando, C. Z., and Lu, J. J. (2019) Geography of the Holy Land: Jerusalem, Regional Cities, Small towns, and Rural places. Holy Light Theological Seminary Press.

Dando, W. and Ganesh Babu, B. (2019). A Cartographic Analysis and Brief Description of “Preacher Point” and “Miracle Site” Cities, Towns, Villages, and Rural Places Cited in the Four Gospels.  In Dando, W. A., Dando, C. Z., and Lu, J. J. (Eds.) Geography of the Holy Land: Jerusalem, Regional Cities, Small towns, and Rural places. Holy Light Theological Seminary Press.

Dando, W. and Ganesh Babu, B. (2019). Food Security in the Roman Empire and Faith-Based Response to Human Needs:  The 46 C.E. Famine in Jerusalem.  In Dando, W. A., Dando, C. Z., and Lu, J. J. (Eds.) Geography of the Holy Land: Jerusalem, Regional Cities, Small towns, and Rural places. Holy Light Theological Seminary Press.

Dando, W. and Ganesh Babu, B. (2013). Climate, environmental and social stress, and modern religious thought.  In Dando, W. A., Dando, C. Z., and Lu, J. J. (Eds.) Geography of the Holy Land: New insights. Holy Light Theological Seminary Press.

Dando, W. and Ganesh Babu, B. (2013). Bitter, sweet, and living water in ancient Israel: treasured, conserved, and squandered in human acts or by omission.  In Dando, W. A., Dando, C. Z., and Lu, J. J. (Eds.) Geography of the Holy Land: New insights. Holy Light Theological Seminary Press.

Dando, W. and Ganesh Babu, B. (2013). Dew and its religious symbolism in ancient Israel.  In Dando, W. A., Dando, C. Z., and Lu, J. J. (Eds.) Geography of the Holy Land: New insights. Holy Light Theological Seminary Press.

Dando, W. and Ganesh Babu, B. (2013). Faith-based response to human needs: the A.D. 46 famine in Jerusalem.  In Dando, W. A., Dando, C. Z., and Lu, J. J. (Eds.) Geography of the Holy Land: New insights. Holy Light Theological Seminary Press.

Dando, W. and Ganesh Babu, B. (2013). Weather, Climate, and Warfare in Ancient Israel: 1900 B. C. to A. D. 70. In Dando, W. A., Dando, C. Z., and Lu, J. J. (Eds.) Geography of the Holy Land: New insights. Holy Light Theological Seminary Press.

Ganesh Babu, B. (2012). Biodiversity. In W.A. Dando (Ed.), Food and famine in the 21st century. Vol. I., Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio.

Ganesh Babu, B. (2012). Carrying capacity. In W. A. Dando (Ed.) Food and famine in the 21st century. Vol. I., Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio.

Ganesh Babu, B. (2012). Conservation and sustainable agriculture. In W. A. Dando (Ed.) Food and famine in the 21st century. Vol. I., Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio.

Dando, W. & Ganesh Babu, B. (2012). North American agroclimatic regions: C.E. 2000 – 2100. In W.A. Dando (Ed.) Food and famine in the 21st century. Vol. I. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio.

Memberships

Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences (IASS), Board Member
Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC), Board Member
American Association of Geographers (AAG)
North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS)

Service

Co-Chair (2021-2022), Faculty Grievance Committee
Member (2021-2023), Academic Freedom and Tenure Hearing Committee
Senator at Large for College of Arts and Sciences (2021-2023), Faculty Senate, Valparaiso University
Member (2020-Present), Faculty Grievance Committee, Valparaiso University
Member (2013 – Present), Campus Planning and Space Allocation Committee, Valparaiso University
Member (2013 – Present), Incident Command Team, Valparaiso University
Member (2013 – 2020), Scholarship and Advising Committee, Valparaiso University
Faculty Advisor (2010 – 2021), Earthtones, Valparaiso University

External Service

Co-Editor (2020 – 2023), Midwest Social Sciences Journal
Deputy Editor (2019 – 2020), Midwest Social Sciences Journal
Board Member and Web Editor (2010 – Present), Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences
Board Member (2019 – Present), Indiana Geographic Information Council
Co-Chair, Education Committee, Indiana Geographic Information Council