Christopher L. Fulcher, PhD

Assistant Rsrch Professor Rural Sociology, Dir. Center for Applied Research & Enviromental Systems

University of Missouri – Columbia (MU)

Chris Fulcher serves as Director for the Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri Extension and Engagement. Dr. Fulcher’s geospatial sciences approach to sense-making enables public and nonprofit sector organizations to effectively address social, economic, environmental, and public health issues using collaborative management systems. Chris and his team integrate geospatial data and community engagement tools to better serve vulnerable and underserved populations. These web-based technologies (i.e., and help organizations and policy makers make more informed decisions about people and place including access, equity, and allocation of resources. Chris received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1984 and his M.S. in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri in 1996. In 2005 Chris completed his National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Informatics.