M.S. in GIST Theses

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M.S. in GIST Theses

* indicates thesis award winner

2017

Jonathan Alfonso
Safe Walk: A Network Analyst Framework for Safe Routes to School
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Laura Loyola
Abstract | Thesis

Samantha Bamberger
Determining the Suitability of Yak-Based Agriculture in Illinois: A Site Suitability Analysis Using Fuzzy Overlay
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, An-Min Wu
Abstract | Thesis

Shanna Bressie
Spatial Patterns of Food Accessibility Across Lane County, Oregon in 2015-2016
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Cora Chong
Comparison of Spatial Data Types for Urban Sprawl Analysis Using Shannon’s Entropy
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Douglas Daniels
Sensor Technologies for Determining Cyclist Power Output: A Comparison of Smartphone, Opposing Force and Strain Gauge Power Measurement Technologies
Advisor: Steven Flemming | Committee Members: John Wilson, Robert  Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Melodie Grubbs
Beach Morphodynamic Change Detection using LiDAR during El Niño Periods in Southern California
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Charles Hall
Examining Data Sources and Classification Methods Used in Food Access Studies: Investigating Volunteered Geographic Information as an Adjunct to Traditional Data
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Richard Holzer
Evaluating the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program’s Effect on Neighborhoods
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Lara Hughes-Allen
Quantifying Changes in Glacier Thickness and Area Using Remote Sensing and GIS:
Taku Glacier System, AK

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Kevin Klemens
Development and Evaluation of a USV Based Mapping System for Remote Sensing of Eelgrass Extent in Southern California
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Steve Fleming, David Ginsburg
Abstract | Thesis

Marisol Maciel-Cervantes
Site Selection for Higher Density Affordable Rental Housing Development: Applying the Weighted Linear Combination (WLC) Method in the City of Los Angeles, California
Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Colleen Makar
Using GIS and Asset Management to Understand Hydrant Damages and Required Maintenance
Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Shannon McLemore
Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Wildfire Incidence in the State of Florid
Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members:  Travis Longcore, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Shannon Prescott
Using Geospatial Technology to Establish Marsh Bird Monitoring Sites for a Pilot Study in Maine in Accordance with the North American Marsh Bird Monitoring Protocol 
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members:  Travis Longcore, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Cian Reger
Bringing GIS to a Small Community Water System
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Wei Yang
Abstract | Thesis

Benjamin Suber
Public Transportation Accessibility Impacts of the Tucson Modern Streetcar
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Holly Torpey
Spatiotemporal Spillover in Lawn-to-Garden Program Participation in Long Beach, California
Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Samantha Tucker
Accessing Hard Maps and Associated Digital Components: A Case Study of the U.S. Library of the Marine Corps
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Steven Fleming
Abstract | Thesis

Steven Warner
A Geographical Assessment of the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Community Standards District Vineyard Ordinance
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Travis Longcore
Abstract | Thesis

Alexander Zoeller
Mapping West Virginia Surface Mines with Hyperspectral Remotely Sensed Imagery Classification
Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

2016

Robert Alexander
A Comparison of GLM, GAM, and GWR Modeling of Fish Distribution and Abundance in Lake Ontario
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Travis Longcore
Abstract | Thesis

Christian Alvez
Modeling Prehistoric Paths in Bronze Age Northeast England 
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Michael Barnett
Precipitation Triggered Landslide Risk Assessment and Relative Risk Modeling Using Cached and Real-Time Data
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

Charles Becker
A Spatial Analysis of Veteran Healthcare
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Steven Fleming
Abstract | Thesis

Anne Jeanene (AJ) Bengoa
Automating “Ethington Transections”: A New Visualization Tool 
Advisor: Philip Ethington | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Brendan Blee
Creating A Geodatabase & Web-GIS Map to Visualize Drone Legislation in The State of Maryland 
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Cynthia Burrows
Developing an Archaeological Specific Geodatabase to Chronicle Historical Perspectives at Bethsaida, Israel 
Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Wei Yang
Abstract | Thesis

Hildemar Cruz
A Geospatial Analysis of Income Level, Food Deserts and Urban Agriculture Hot Spots
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Travis Longcore
Abstract | Thesis

Crystal Curtis
Preparing for Earthquakes in Dallas-Fort Worth: Applying HAZUS and Network Analysis to Assess Shelter Accessibility
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Wei Yang
Abstract | Thesis

Lindsay Decker
Analysis of Future Land Use Conflict with Volcanic Hazard Zones: Mount Rainier, Washington
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Bryan Fitzpatrick
Unmanned Aerial Systems for Surveying and Mapping: Cost Comparison of UAS vs Traditional Methods of Data Acquisition
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Craig Knoblock
Abstract | Thesis

Bennett Gaumitz
Precision Agriculture and GIS: Evaluating the use of Yield Maps Combined with LiDAR Data
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Megan Gosch
Geospatial Web Application Development to Access Irrigation Asset Data: Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Joshua Greetan
The Wildland-Urban Interface in Lassen County, California: A Change Analysis 2000-2015
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Travis Longcore
Abstract | Thesis

Edgar Jimenez
The Role of Amenities in Measuring Park Accessibility: A Case Study of Downey, California
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Laura Loyola
Abstract | Thesis

Jennifer Jin
Installing Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: A Site Suitability Analysis in Los Angeles County, California
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Wei Yang
Abstract | Thesis

Mark Johnson
Evaluating the Utility of a Geographic Information Systems-Based Mobility Model in Search and Rescue Operations
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Laura Loyola
Abstract | Thesis

Charles Jones
The Spatial Effect of AB 109 or Public Safety Realignment on Crime Rates in San Diego County
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

Brian Jopp
A Spatial Analysis of Violent Crime Cold Spots: Testing the Capable Guardian Component of the Routine Activity Theory
Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Heather Kelley
Creating a Well Database and Web Mapping Application: Using Geographic Information Systems to Manage and Monitor Groundwater Resources in Sonoma County, California 
Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Yao-Yi Chang
Abstract | Thesis

Ebrahim Khan
A Unified Geodatabase Design for Sinkhole Inventories in the United States
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Matthew Kline
Modeling Potential Impacts of Tsunamis on Hilo, Hawaii: Comparison of the Joint Research Centre’s Schema and FEMA’s HAZUS Inundation Scenarios
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Steven Fleming
Abstract | Thesis

Michelle Lin
Implementing Spatial Thinking with Web GIS in the Non-Profit Sector: A Case Study of ArcGIS Online in the Pacific Symphony
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: John Wilson, Elisabeth Sedano
Abstract | Thesis

Jason Martos
Visualizing Historic Space through the Integration of Geographic Information Science in Secondary School Curriculums: A Comparison of Static versus Dynamic Methods
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda, Angela Hasan
Abstract | Thesis

Colin Mattison
Does the Bay Area Have a Social Center: Delimiting the Postmodern Urban Center of the San Francisco Bay Area
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Daniel Warshawsky, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Brian McDonald
Dasymetric Mapping of Building Stocks within HAZUS-FL
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Wei Yang
Abstract | Thesis

Nancy McMahon
The Role of GIS in Asset Management: County of Kauai Department of Parks and Recreation a Need for an Asset Management Program
Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Darren Ruddell, Wei Yang
Abstract | Thesis

Krista McPherson
Assessing the Impact of a Web-Based GIS Application to Promote Earthquake Preparation on the University of Southern California University Park Campus 
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Sarah Moreland
Risk Analysis and Assessment of Non-Ductile Concrete Buildings in Los Angeles County Using HAZUS-MH 
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Johnny Musser
Modeling Historic Structure Preservation Candidacy on Fort Ord
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Norman Nash
Detection and Accuracy Assessment of Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations
Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Darryl Nevels
Measuring Seasonal Variation in Food Access: A Case Study of Everett, Washington
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Daniel Warshawsky, Elisabeth Sedano
Abstract | Thesis

Mary Nienkamp
Evaluating Surface Casing Depths of Oil & Gas Operations in an Effort to Protect Local Groundwater: A GIS Enabled Process
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Steven Fleming
Abstract | Thesis

Nathan Novak*
Predictive Habitat Distribution Modeling of Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) within the Central Gulf of Alaska utilizing Passive Acoustic Monitoring 
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Megan Oyarzun
Predicting Archaeological Sites in Northeastern California’s High Desert using the Maxent Model
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Wei Yang, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Matthew Pugh
Residential Housing Code Violation Prediction: A Study in Victorville, CA Using Geographically Weighted Logistic Regression
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Michael Quant
GIS-Aided Production of Equipment Locator Maps for Metro Rail Maintenance and Support
Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

James Ray
A User Study of GIS Infused Genealogy with Dynamic Thematic Representation and Spatiotemporal Control
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

Jared Reid
Light Rail Expansion in Houston Using Viable Path Corridors and Least Cost Path: Alternatives for the Failed University and Uptown Lines 
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: John Wilson, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Alex Schild
Archaeological Least Cost Path Modelling: A Behavioral Study of Middle-Late Bronze Age Merchant Travel in Amuq Valley, Turkey
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Karen Kemp, Thomas Garrison
Abstract | Thesis

David Robert Scobie
Design and Implementation of an Enterprise Spatial Raster Management System
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

Joanne Seo
An Evaluation of Esri’s Tapestry Segmentation Product in Three Southern California Communities: Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach 
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Shuk Wai So
Urban Green Space Accessibility and Environmental Justice: A GIS-Based Analysis in the City of Phoenix, Arizona
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Elisabeth Sedano
Abstract | Thesis

Nathan Stewart
Using Pedestrian Accessibility Indicators to Locate Schools: A Site Suitability Analysis in Greenville County, South Carolina
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Elisabeth Sedano
Abstract | Thesis

Jennifer Titus
Peoples of Washington Historical Geographic Information System: Geo-referencing Culture Using Archival Standards
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Yee Kit Tsang
Site Suitability Analysis: Small-Scale Fixed Axis Ground Mounted Photovoltaic Power Plants in Fresno, CA
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Melissa Faith Webster
Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Long-term Temperature Change in Southern California from 1935 to 2014
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Laura Loyola
Abstract | Thesis

Allyson Windham
Development of a Mobile GIS High-Water Mark Data Collection Application for the Mississippi River Basin
Advisor: Jennifer Swift |  Committee Members: Wei Yang, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

Patricia Wright
Predicting the Presence of Historic and Prehistoric Campsites in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Counties
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Steven Fleming
Abstract | Thesis

2015

Benjamin Anderson
Cartographic Approaches to the Visual Exploration of Violent Crime Patterns in Space and Time: A User Performance Based Comparison of Methods
Advisor: Katsuhiko Oda | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Valerie Anderson*
Historical Ecology of the Split Oak Forest East Central Florida
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Darren Ruddell
Abstract Thesis

Jeffrey Block
Spread Global, Start Local: Modeling Endemic Socio-Spatial Influence Networks
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Craig Knoblock, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Wayne Chien
Geospatial Analysis of the Round Fire: Replication of Burn Severity Analysis in the Sierra Nevada
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Alfredo Cisneros
Population Disaggregation for Trade Area Delineation in Retail Real Estate Site Analysis
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Victor Bennett, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Antonio Cotroneo
Identification and Analysis of Future Land-Use Conflict in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos
Abstract Thesis

Richard Crowther
A Comparison of Urban Land Cover Change: A Study of Pasadena and Inglewood, California, 1992-2011
Advisor: Dan Warshawsky | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Darren Ruddell
Abstract Thesis

Jenora D’Acosta
Finding Food Deserts: A Study of Food Access Measures in the Phoenix-Mesa Urban Area
Advisor: Daniel Warshawky | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Jimmy Dao
A Comparison of Address Point and Street Geocoding Techniques in a Computer Aided Dispatch Environment
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Brian Dean
Drawing Better Lines: Comparing Commissions to Legislatures on Compactness and Coterminosity
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Jenni Dorsey-Spitz
Modeling Nitrate Contamination of Groundwater in Mountain Home, Idaho Using the DRASTIC Method
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Caitlan Dowling
Using Maxent Modeling to Predict Habitat of Mountain Pine Beetle in Response to Climate Change
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Jennifer Swift
Abstract Thesis

Mark Dustin
Monitoring Parks with Inexpensive UAVs: Cost Benefit Analysis for Monitoring and Maintaining Parks Facilities
Advisor: Su Jin Lee | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Annabel Lee Enriquez
A Contributory Web-based Application for Documenting Historic Resources: French Colonial Era Art Deco Architecture in Hanoi
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos
Abstract Thesis

Lance Farman
Validation of Volunteered Geographic Information Quality Components for Incidents of Law Enforcement Use of Force
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Brian Finch, Karen Kemp
Abstract Thesis

Sarah Gehring
Semi-Automated Visualization of Spatial Information in Unstructured Text
Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Jason Gonzalez
Visualizing Email Response Data to Improve Marketing Campaigns
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Katsuhiko Oda
Note: Thesis not available due to confidentiality restrictions

Mallory Graves*
Spatial Narratives of Struggle and Activism in the Del Amo and Montrose Superfund Cleanups: A Community-Engaged Web GIS Story Map
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract Thesis

Bradley Griffiths
Radio Frequency Identification Queuing & Geo-Location (RAQGEO): A Spatial Solution to Inventory and Asset Management at XYZ Logistics, Inc.
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Charles Hanley
Using VHSR Multispectral Imagery and Object-Based Extraction to Discover Vernal Meadows through Vegetative Persistence at Fort Ord, CA
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Chad Johnson
Site Location Suitability Analysis for a Smart Grid Network
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Patricia Jula
Generating Bicyclist Counts using Volunteered and Professional Geographic Information through a Mobile Application
Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Reina Kahn
Geospatial Analysis of Unintended Casualties during Combat Training: Fort Drum, New York
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Solomon Kailihiwa
Using Maxent to Model the Distribution of Prehistoric Agricultural Features in a Portion of the Hōkūli‘a Subdivision in Kona, Hawai‘i
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Thomas Garrison, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Spiridon Katehis
Validating the HAZUS Coastal Surge Model for Superstorm Sandy
Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Giles Kingsley
Distribution and Correlates of Feral Cat Trapping Permits in Los Angeles, California
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Jordan Hastings, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Elizabeth Mamer
Exploring Urban Change Using Historical Maps: The Industrialization of Long Island City (LIC), New York
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Philip Ethington, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Carlos Martinez
Relocation Bay: Identifying a Suitable Site for the Tampa Bay Rays
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Darren Ruddell
Abstract Thesis

Chandra Dawn Harless (Merritt)
Determining the Utility of GIS in Border Disputes, Case Study: Sudan and South Sudan
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Tarek Rashed, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Seth Morganstern
Disparities in Food Access: An Empirical Analysis of Neighborhoods in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Daren Ruddell, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Derek Newland
Smart Growth and Walkability Affect on Vehicle Use and Ownership
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Meredith Franklin
Abstract | Thesis

Jonathan Parsons
Mapping Uniformity of Park Access Using Cadastral Data Within Network Analyst in Wake County, NC
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Kacey Pham
GIS Data Curation and Web Map Application for LA Brea Tar Pits Fossil Occurrences in Los Angeles, California
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Karen Kemp
Abstract Thesis

James Pollock
A Maxent-Based Model for Identifying Local-Scale Tree Species Richness Patch Boundaries in the Lake Tahoe Basin of California and Nevada
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Samuel Price
Distribution of Sonoran Pronghorn (Antilocapra Americana Sonoriensis) on an Active Air Force Tactical Range
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Dustin Reed
Historical Temperature Trends in Los Angeles County, California
Advisor: Su Jin Lee | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Ryan Reeves
Deriving Traverse Paths for Scientific Fieldwork with Multicriteria Evaluation and Path Modeling in a Geographic Information System
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Kyle House, Travis Longcore, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Joel Rodriguez
Walkability Study for School Accessibility, Case Study of the San Juan, Puerto Rico Elementary Schools
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Rachel Rodriguez
Integration of Topographic and Bathymetric Digital Elevation Model using ArcGIS Interpolation Methods: A Case Study of the Klamath River Estuary
Advisor: Su Jin Lee | Committee Members: Tarek Rashed, Jennifer Swift
Abstract Thesis

Christie Root
Guiding Business Oriented Volunteered Geographic Information Through Geotrigger Services: A Case Study of CrossFit Affiliates
Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract Thesis

Yonatan Rosen
A Fire Insurance Map GeoCoder for Pre-Earthquake San Francisco
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Christine Schultz
Crowdsourced Maritime Data: Examining the Feasibility of Using Under Keel Clearance Data from AIS to Identify Hydrographic Survey Priorities
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract Thesis

Audra Smolek
Spatial Distribution of the Greater Sage-Grouse in the Powder River Basin in Northeastern Wyoming
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Daniel Warshawsky, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Christopher David Staffel
Cartography for Visualizing Anthropogenic Threats: A Semiotic Approach to Communicating Threat Information in 3-D Spatial Models
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Ana Stoudt
Redefining Urban Food Systems to Identify Optimal Rooftop Community Garden Locations: A Site Suitability Analysis in Seattle, Washington
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Su Jin Lee
Abstract| Thesis

Andrew Thomason
Modeling Burn Probability: A MaxEnt Approach to Estimating California’s Wildfire Potential
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Travis Longcore
AbstractThesis

Kathy Ulloa
Analyzing the Relationship Between Urban Forests and Hispanic Populations in Los Angeles Using GIS and Object-Based Image Analysis
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Jamen Underwood
Campaign Financing for the U.S. House of Representatives: an Interactive Web Map
Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Adrianna Valenti*
Estimating Populations at Risk in Data-Poor Environments: A Geographically Disaggregated Analysis of Boko Haram Terrorism 2009-2014
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Mark Wimmer
Selection of Future Bridge Locations over the Merrimack River in Southern New Hampshire: A Comparison of Site Suitability Assessments
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract Thesis

William Winters
Identifying Areas of High Risk for Avian Mortality by Performing a Least Accumulative Cost Analysis
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: John Wilson, Karen Kemp
Abstract | Thesis

Ruth Zipfel
Network Accessibility and Population Change: Historical Analysis of Transportation in Tennessee, 1830-2010
Advisor: Jennifer Swift| Committee Members: David Rigby, Robert Vos
Abstract Thesis

2014

Shawn Baldwin
Institutional Inscription in the Minorcan Quarter of Saint Augustine, Florida
Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Philip Ethington, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Christopher Beattie
3D Visualization Models as a Tool for Reconstructing the Historical Landscape of the Ballona Watershed
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, John Wilson
Abstract | Thesis

Robert Bohon
Comparing Landsat7 ETM+ and NAIP Imagery for Precision Agriculture Application in Small Scale Farming: A Case Study in the South Eastern Part of Pittsylvania County, VA
Advisor: Flora Paganelli | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

David Breeding
Identifying and Locating the Need for Financial Education
Advisor: Katsuhiko Oda | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Haynes Bunn
Wake County District Overlay: An Online Electoral Data Visualization Application
Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract

Caroline Carl
Calculating Solar Photovoltaic Potential on Residential Rooftops in Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Advisor: Su Jin Lee | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Meagan Calahan
Investigating Electoral College Reform: Geography’s Impact on Elections, and How Maps Influence Our Perception of Election Outcomes
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Corina Chung
Integrating Spatial Visualization to Improve Public Health Understanding and Communication
Advisor: Katsuhiko Oda | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

Jerry Corum
Using Pattern Oriented Modeling to Design and Validate Spatial Models: A Case Study in Agent-Based Modeling
Advisor: Karen Kemp| Committee Members: Robert Vos, Thomas Garrison
Abstract | Thesis

Robert Davidson
Evaluating Glacier Movement Fluctuations Using Remote Sensing: A Case Study of the Baird, Patterson, Leconte, and Shakes Glaciers in Central Southeastern Alaska
Advisor: Flora Paganelli | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Lowell Stott
Abstract | Thesis

James Dickson
GIS-Based Quantitative Integration of Global Climate Model Simulations and Geodatabases of Gullies on Mars: Increasing Confidence in Geospatial Data/Model Comparisons
Advisor: Flora Paganelli | Committee Members: Jordan Hastings, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Jennifer Dowling
Finding Your Best-Fit Neighborhood: A Web Application For Online Residential Property Searches For Anchorage, Alaska
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

William Ferguson
Modeling Patient Access to Point-of-Care Diagnostic Resources in a Healthcare Small-World Network in Rural Isan, Thailand
Advisor: Karen Kemp| Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Anna Fischer
Preparing for Immigration Reform: A Spatial Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Robert Franssen
Evaluating Spatial Changes in the Rate of Insurgency-Violence in Central Africa: The Lord’s Resistance Army 2008-2012
Advisor: Daniel Warshawsky | Committee Members: Flora Paganelli, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Emily Frazier
A Site Suitability Analysis for an Inland Port to Service the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Mansour Rahimi
Abstract | Thesis

Daniel Gerard
Visualizing Sporting Event Temporary Flight Restrictions
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Karen Kemp
Abstract | Thesis

Trinka Gillis
Use of Remotely Sensed Imagery to Map Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora Ramorum) in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Tarek Rashed
Abstract | Thesis

Joshua Harrell
An Evaluation of Soil Sampling Methods in Support of Precision Agriculture in Northeastern North Carolina
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Brian Hartley
Evaluation of weights of evidence to predict gold occurrences in northern Minnesota’s Archean greenstone belts
Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Gary Raines
Abstract | Thesis

Jarod Hustler
Analyzing Earthquake Casualty Risk at Census Block Level: a Case Study in the Lexington Central Business District, Kentucky
Advisor: Flora Paganelli | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Jared Hyneman
A GIS-based Model to Identify Locations Where Risks to Clean Water Wells are Minimal and Access to People is Maximized: A Case Study in Rural Uganda
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Andrew Isner
Habitat Suitability Modeling of Mexico Spotted Owl (Strix Occidentalis Lucida) in Gila National Forest, New Mexico
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Jennifer Swift
Abstract Thesis

Jennifer Johnson
Mapping firing ranges as social capital generators in Houston, Texas
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Gina Kiani
Development of a Web GIS for Urban Sustainability Indicators of Oakland, California
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Amanda Laur
Modeling the Spatio-Temporal Variability of Solar Radiation on Buildings: A Case Study of Lewis Hall
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Burcin Becerik, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Mine Metitiri
Use of GIS for Analysis of Community Health Worker Patient Registries from Chongwe District, A Rural Low-Resource Setting, in Lusaka Province, Zambia
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Daniel Warshawsky, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Kathryn Metivier
Modeling Open Space Acquisition
Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Nancy Milholland*
Exploring San Francisco’s Treasures: Mashing Up Public Art, Social Media, and Volunteered Geographic Information to Create a Dynamic Guide
Advisor: Edward Pultar| Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

David Mullis
Using Landsat and a Bayesian Hard Classifier to Study Forest Change in the Salmon Creek Watershed Area From 1972-2013
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Tarek Rashed
Abstract | Thesis

Jonathan Parsons
Mapping Uniformity of Park Access Using Cadastral Data Within Network Analyst in Wake County, NC
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract Thesis

James Rivera
A Threat-Based Least-Coast Path Decision Support Model for National Security Resource Allocation Along the US-Mexico Border
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Steven Rubinyi
Spatiotemporal Visualization and Analysis as a Policy Support Tool: A Case Study of the Economic Geography of Tobacco Farming in the Philippines
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Bryan Schaefer
Social Media to Locate Urban Displacement: Assessing the Risk of Displacement Using Volunteered Geographic Information in the City of Los Angeles
Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Federico Tallis
Evaluating Transit and Driving Disaggregated Commutes through GTFS in ArcGIS
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Maged Dessouky, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Diego Vasquez
Geological Modeling in GIS for Petroleum Reservoir Characterization and Engineering: A 3D GIS-Assisted Geostatistics Approach
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Behnam Jafarpour, Doug Hammond, Su Jin Lee
Abstract | Thesis

Trang VoPham*
Integrating Landsat and California Pesticide Exposure Estimation at Aggregated Analysis Scales: Accuracy Assessment of Rurality
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Tarek Rashed
Abstract | Thesis

Christopher Weidemann*
Geosocial Footprint (2013): Social Media Location Privacy Web Map
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Craig Knoblock, Edward Pultar
Abstract | Thesis

Luke Wenschhof
The Geography of Voter Power in the U.S. Electoral College from 1900-2012
Advisor: Robert Vos| Committee Members: Karen Kemp and Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

2013

Amanda Alamo
Explorations of American Churchscape Diversity
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Daniel Warshawsky, John Wilson
Abstract | Thesis

Joshua J. Benton
An Analysis of the North Rainier Elk Herd Area, Washington: Change Detection and Habitat Modeling with Remote Sensing and GIS
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Flora Paganelli, John Wilson
Abstract | Thesis

Matthew Bissell
Using Volunteered Geographic Information to Model Blue Whale Foraging Habitat, Southern California Bight
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Meredith Franklin, Flora Paganelli
Abstract | Thesis

Heidi Crow
Assessment of the FEMA HAZUS-MH 2.0 Crop Loss Tool Fremont County, Iowa 2011
Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Flora Paganelli, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Austin Davis
Testing LANDIS-II to Stochastically Model Spatially Abstract Vegetation Trends in the Contiguous United States
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Edward Pultar
Abstract | Thesis

Amanda Gray
Spatial Delineation of Market Areas: A Proposed Approach
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Flora Paganelli, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Kurt Ingold
Remote Analysis of Avalanche Terrain Features: Identifying Routs, Avoiding Hazards
Advisor: Flora Paganelli | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Tarek Rashed
Abstract | Thesis

Caroline Jablonicky
Spatial Distribution of the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in the Mariarano River System, Northwestern Madagascar
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Raymond Dominic Maldonado
Wrong Way Driving in San Antonio, Texas: A Transportation Route Study Using Network Analyst
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Devon R. Munsell
Closed Landfills to Solar Energy Power Plants: Estimating the Solar Potential of Closed Landfills in California
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Mary Elizabeth Parker
Data Overload in Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Improving Bandwidth Utilization Through Wavelet Compression
Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

Adam Prell
Pre-Incident Plan Mapping in Kern County’s Wildland Urban Interface
Advisor: Jordon Hastings | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Flora Paganelli
Abstract | Thesis

Lucian Schrader
Demonstrating GIS Spatial Analysis Techniques in a Prehistoric Mortuary Analysis: A Case Study in the Napa Valley, California
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Lynn Swartz Dodd, Thomas Garrison
Abstract | Thesis

Jeffrey Schroeder*
Surface Representations of Rainfall at Small Extents: A Study of Rainfall Mapping Based on Volunteered Geographic Information in Kona, Hawaii
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Kathy Thompson
Water Rights Permit System (WRPS): A GIS-Based Tool for the Umpqua Drainage Basin
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Michael Wahl 
Mapping Native Plants: A GIS-based Mobile Application for Everyone
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Flora Paganelli, Edward Pultar
Abstract | Thesis

2012

Russell M. Abbott
Investigation and Analysis of Land Use / Tree Cover in Riverside, California
Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, John Wilson
Abstract | Thesis

Craig D. Bartosh
Integrating Land Survey Data into Measurement-Based GIS: An Assessment of Challenges and Practical Solutions for Surveyors in Texas
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jordan Hastings, Michael Goodchild
Abstract | Thesis

Brice Cameron Burkett*
Using Mobile Mapping for Wildfire Mitigation in the Los Angeles County
Committee Chair: Andrew Curtis | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Stephanie Chen
Investigating Bus Route Walkability: Comparative Case Study in Orange County, California
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Matthew W. Davis
The Modifiable Areal Unit Problem (MAUP) via Cluster Analysis Methodologies: A Look at Scale, Zoning, and Instances of Foreclosure in Los Angeles County
Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Andrew Curtis, Dan Goldberg
Abstract | Thesis

Justin Eddings
Geographic Information Systems Eelgrass (Zostera Marina) Habitat Restoration Suitability Model Long Island Sound, USA – A ‘Sound-Wide’ Model
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Jamie Vaudrey
Abstract | Thesis

Daniel Currie Eisman
Spatial Analysis of Urban Built Environments and Vehicle Transit Behavior
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Daniel Warshawsky
Abstract | Thesis

Stephen O. Gervais
Out-Of-School Suspensions by Home Neighborhood: A Spatial Analysis of Student Suspensions in the San Bernardino City Unified School District
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis

Jeffry D. Harrison
Onshore Wind Power Systems (ONSWPS): A GIS-Based Tool for Preliminary Site-Suitability Analysis
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Jordan Hastings
Abstract | Thesis

Brian Vance Kearns
Is the Likelihood of Waterfowl Presence Greater on Conserved Lands?
Committee Chair: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Karen Kemp
Abstract | Thesis

Michael Kellison
Address Points and Master Address File: Improving Efficiency in the City of Chino
Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Yao-Yi Chiang
Abstract | Thesis

Samuel G. Krueger*
Delimiting the PostModern Urban Center: An Analysis of Urban Amenity Clusters in Los Angeles
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: John Wilson, Philip Ethington
Abstract | Thesis

Holly Marie MacGillivray
Spatiotemporal Patterns of Salt and Nutrient Contamination in Los Angeles County’s Groundwater Basins
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Jordan Hastings
Abstract | Thesis

Rachel Rae Miller
Utilizing GIS and Remote Sensing to Determine Sheep Grazing Patterns for Best Practices in Land Management Protocols
Advisor: Flora Paganelli | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

Allison Oulton
Community Gardens for Social Capital: A Site Suitability Analysis in Akron, Ohio
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Katsuhiko Oda
Abstract | Thesis

Eric N. Peña
Using Census Data, Urban Land-Cover Classification, and Dasymetric Mapping to Measure Urban Growth of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Advisor: Tarek Rashed | Committee Members: Jordan Hastings, Flora Paganelli
Abstract | Thesis

Alexander J. Schultz
The Role of GIS in Asset Management: Integration at the Otay Water District
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: John Wilson, Karen Kemp
Abstract | Thesis

Andrew L. Stickney
Improving the Communication of Water Allocation Decisions Using Interactive Maps
Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Darren Ruddell
Abstract | Thesis

2011

Kevin Kelly
Different Geographical Representations of Middle America
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Robert Vos
Abstract | Thesis

Ronald G. Lehman
Concentrated Solar Thermal Facilities: A GIS Approach for Land Planning
Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Goldberg
Abstract | Thesis

2010

Teri L. Mooney
Predicting Hydromantes Shastae Occurrences in Shasta County, California
Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Jennifer Swift
Abstract | Thesis