Felice Gianluca Sperone

Felice Gianluca Sperone

Assistant Professor (Teaching)
Geospatial Data Analyst

(313) 577-2506

(313) 577-1507 (fax)


Room 0334 (Map Room) - Old Main Building, 4841 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202


Environmental Science & Geology

Felice Gianluca Sperone

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Geospatial Data Analyses and Modelling

  • Data Visualization and Dashbord

  • Data Management

  • Maps preparation

  • Teaching and Educational Activities



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  • MA in Environmental and Urban Geography - University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL
  • Specialization in Secondary Education and Teaching of Natural Sciences - University of Calabria - Rende, Calabria (Italy)
  • MS in Geology - University of Calabria - Rende, Calabria (Italy)
  • BS in Geology - University of Calabria - Rende, Calabria (Italy)

Awards and grants

2017 Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest3rd place in the Culture, History, and Events section – Redland, CA.

To see the application click here

Selected publications

1.Day, Ashleigh M.; O'Shay, Sydney; Islam, Khairul; Seeger, Matthew W.; Sperone, F. Gianluca; McElmurry, Shawn P. Boil Water Notices as Health-Risk Communication: Risk Perceptions, Efficacy, and Compliance during Winter Storm Uri. Scientific Reports 14, 850 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-50286-y

2.Brendan F. O’Leary, Alex B. Hill, Colleen Linn, Mei Lu, Carol J. Miller, Andrew Newman, F. Gianluca Sperone & Qiong Zhang l. Exploring the association of Brownfield remediation status with socioeconomic conditions in Wayne County, MI. Environ Sci Pollut Res 30, 60768–60776 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-023-26666-2

3. Bridget B. Baker, Alex S. Haimbaugh, F. Gianluca Sperone, Destiny M. Johnson, Tracie R. Baker. Persistent contaminants of emerging concern in a great lakes urban-dominant watershed. Journal of Great Lakes Research, Volume 48, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 171-182, ISSN 0380-1330, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2021.12.001.

4. Mittelstrass, J., Sperone, F. G., & Horton, M. W. Using transects to disentangle the environmental drivers of plant-microbiome assembly. Plant, Cell & Environment, 44, 2021, 3745– 3755. https://doi.org/10.1111/pce.14190

5. Andrea E. Cassidy-Bushrow, Charlotte Burmeister, Johnna Birbeck, Yalei Chen, Lois Lamerato, Lawrence D. Lemke, Jia Li, Gil Mor, Brendan F. O'Leary, Rosalind M. Peters, John J. Refiners, F. Gianluca Sperone, Judy Westrick, Evan Wiewiora, Jennifer K. Straughen. Ambient BTEX exposure and mid-pregnancy inflammatory biomarkers in pregnant African American women. Journal of Reproductive Immunology, Volume 145, 2021, 103305, ISSN 0165-0378, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jri.2021.103305.

6. Andrea E. Cassidy-Bushrow, Charlotte Burmeister, Lois Lamerato, Lawrence D. Lemke, Maureen Mathieu, Brendan F. O'Leary, F. Gianluca Sperone, Jennifer K. Straughen, John J. Reiners. Prenatal airshed pollutants and preterm birth in an observational birth cohort study in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Environmental Research, Volume 189, 2020, 109845, ISSN 0013-9351, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.109845.

2016: * Co-authored as member of the 1001 Genomes Consortium (see bottom for complete list)
7. The 1001 Genomes Consortium*, 2016. 1135 genomes reveal the global pattern of polymorphism in Arabidopsis thaliana. Cell Volume 166, Issue 2, Pages 481–491. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2016.05.063.

8. Taiji Kawakatsu, Shao-shan Carol Huang, Florian Jupe, Eriko Sasaki, Robert J. Schmitz, Mark A. Urich, Rosa Castanon, Joseph R. Nery, Cesar Barragan, Yupeng He, Huaming Chen, Manu Dubin, Cheng-Ruei Lee, Congmao Wang, Felix Bemm, Claude Becker, Ryan O’Neil, Ronan C. O’Malley, Danjuma X. Quarless, The 1001 Genomes Consortium*, Nicholas J. Schork, Detlef Weigel, Magnus Nordborg, Joseph R. Ecker, 2016. Epigenomic Diversity in a Global Collection of Arabidopsis thaliana Accessions. Cell Volume 166, Issue 2, P492-505. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2016.06.044.

* The members of The 1001 Genomes Consortium are (in alphabetical order): Alonso-Blanco C., Andrade J., Becker C., Bemm F., Bergelson J., Borgwardt K. M., Chae E., Dezwaan T., Ding W., Ecker J. R., Exposito-Alonso M., Farlow A., Fitz J., Grimm D. G., Hancock A., Henz S. R., Holm S., Horton M., Jarsulic M., Kerstetter R. A., Korte A., Korte P., Lanz C., Lee C., Meng D., Michael T. P., Muliyati W., Nägele T., Nagler M., Nizhynska V., Nordborg M., Novikova P., Picó F. X., Plazer A., Rabanal F. A., Rodriguez A., Rowan B. A., Salomé P. A., Schmid K. J., Seren Ü., Sperone F. G., Sudkamp M., Svardal H., Tanzer M. M., Todd D., Volchenboum S. L., Wang C., Wang G., Wang X., Weckwerth W., Weigel D., Zhou X.

9. Natalie M. Jameson Kiesling, Soojin V. Yi, Ke Xu, F. Gianluca Sperone, Derek E. Wildman, The tempo and mode of New World monkey evolution and biogeography in the context of phylogenomic analysis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Volume 82, Part B, 2015, Pages 386-399, ISSN 1055-7903, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2014.03.027.\

10. Horton, M., Hancock, A. M., Huang, Y. S., Toomajian, C., Atwell, S., Muliyati, W., Platt, A., Sperone, F. G., Vilhkálmsson, B. J., Nordborg, M., Borevitz, J. O. and J. Bergelson, 2012. Genome-wide patterns of genetic variation in worldwide Arabidopsis thaliana accessions from the RegMap panel. Nature Genetics, 44:212-6, doi:10.1038/ng.1042.

11. Hancock, A. M., Brachi, B., Faure, M., Horton, M. W., Jarymowycz, L. B., Sperone, F. G., Toomajian, C., Roux, F. and J. Bergelson, 2011. Adaptation to climate across the Arabidopsis thaliana genome. Science, Vol. 334 no. 6052 pp. 83-86, doi: 10.1126/science.1209244.

Courses taught by Felice Gianluca Sperone

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022