Lyna Wiggins

Lyna Wiggins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
B.S., California Polytechnic Institute (San Luis Obispo); M.S., Stanford; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 359

Phone (848) 932-2802

Fax (732) 932-6564



Research Interests

  • Geographic Information Science
  • urban applications of GIS
  • planning methods


Graduate Courses

  • Research/Planning & Policy (PhD)
  • Introduction to GIS for Planning and Public Policy
  • Topics in GIS


Selected Publications

  • Raymond Sanchez Mayers, Lyna L. Wiggins, Fontaine H. Fulghum, N. Andrew Peterson. “Tobacco Outlet Density and Demographics: A Geographically Weighted Regression Analysis.” Prevention Science, September 2011.
  • Lyna L. Wiggins, Nower, L., Sanchez Mayers, R., and Peterson, N.A. “A Geospatial Statistical Analysis of the Density of Lottery Outlets within Ethnically Concentrated Neighborhoods, Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2010, pp. 486-496.
  • Harlan Onsrud, Barbara Poore, Robert Rugg, Richard Taupier, and Lyna Wiggins, “The Future of the Spatial Information Infrastructure,” Chapter 8, pp. 225-255, in Robert B. McMaster and E. Lynn Usery, ed., A Research Agenda for Geographic Information Science, NY: CRC Press, 2005.



Lyna Wiggins is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Since the early 1970s, she has been involved in the development and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Lyna's GIS research focus includes: (1) studying the use and diffusion of the technology, particularly within U.S. planning agencies; (2) examining the institutional issues in GIS implementation, with a focus on issues of data sharing; (3) designing and implementing appropriate GIS for regional planning agencies; and, (4) integrating GIS technology with traditional urban and regional models.


Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)