Dr. Amber L. Pearson

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University
Adjunct Research Fellow - University of Otago

About Me

Amber L. Pearson I am a health geographer with a focus on social justice and understanding the unexpected tenacity, adaptability and resilience of the underprivileged, while paying careful attention to the structural and social factors that led to disadvantage in the first place. I have diverse regional interests from poor to wealthy countries. My work features geospatial and epidemiologic methods and critical development thinking.

My water research is at the intersection of spatial and social dimensions of health with a focus on water security. My overall research goal is to understand the interactions between human-induced ecological change, political and social dimensions of access to water, and human agency/coping strategies to improve health and wellbeing.


Graduate Student is awarded the Cancer Prevention Fellowship

Graduate student, Kim Clevenger, was awarded the Cancer Prevention Fellowship through the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The program is a four-year post-doctoral fellowship that begins with the completion of a one-year Master’s in Public Health degree and research opportunities with experience NCI mentors. Congratulations Kim! Learn more about the program here.

Dr. Pearson gives a talk at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

On Monday, October 15, 2018 Dr. Pearson presented Nature in Cities: Exploring Both Positive and Negative Visual Exposures at the 3rd Biannual Nature Culture & Human Health Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Curriculum vitae

Water Science Network

University of Otago

Google Scholar


Get in touch

Geography Building
Lab - Room 233A
673 Auditorium Rd., Room 231
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-7163