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M.S. IN GIST THESES

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Working closely with a faculty advisor and faculty advisory committee members, students in USC’s M.S. in GIST program have the opportunity to complete an independent, professional research-based work on a topic of their choice. We’re sincerely proud of the work that our students have done, and links to their published GIST theses are listed below.

Students have contributed work in a wide variety of specialty areas in GIST, ranging from cartography to spatial databases and application development. Read about their thesis projects in a variety of GIST specialty areas by filtering with the “GIST keyword” drop-down menu below.

Students also have contributed innovations in a wide range of topics, including urban planning, sustainability, public health, emergency services, archaeology, environmental sciences and more. Use the “Domain Science” drop-down menu and the “Topic Keyword” search box to identify thesis projects by topic.

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Watch Lindsay Hennes (M.S. GIST ’19) present her thesis work at the 2019 Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum
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Thesis List

Erin Barr

An Accessibility Analysis of the Homeless Populations' Potential Access to Healthcare Facilities in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Robert Vos, An-Min Wu

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Emily Bartee

Roadway Hazard Analysis: A Safe Ride for Motorcycles

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Leilei Duan

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Santina Benincasa

A spatial investigation of New York City's historical shoreline

Advisor: Andrew Marx | Committee Members: John P. Wilson, An-Min Wu

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Ryan Cameron

Mapping Future Population Impacts caused by Sea Level Rise in Southern California: Comparing the Cadastral-based Dasymetric System to Past Dasymetric Mapping Methods

Advisor: Katsuhiko Oda | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Darren Ruddell

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Amanda Cuesta

Filling in the Gaps: 3D Mapping Arizona’s Basin and Range Aquifer in the Prescott Active Management

Advisor: Andrew Marx | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Leilei Duan

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William Farhat

Creating a Web GIS to Support Field Operations and Enhance Data Collection for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Steve Fleming, Darren Ruddell

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Tia Flippin

Classifying the Alpines: Developing a Methodology to Track Environmental Changes in the Alpines Utilizing Remote Sensing and Ecozone Vegetation Patterns

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Andrew Marx

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Kelly Gulledge

An Analysis of Racial Disparity in the Distribution of Alcohol Licenses and Retailers in Orange County, California

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Robert Vos, An-Min Wu

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Sarah Halpern

Wetland Mapping and Restoration Decision Making using Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis: A Case Study at the Kawainui Marsh

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Andrew Marx

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Indu Hulisandra

Quantifying land use land cover changes in Monarch butterfly habitat in California

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Andrew Marx, Darren Ruddell

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Bryan Lam

Developing a Replicable Approach for the Creation of Urban Climatic Maps for Urban Heat Island Analysis: A Case Study for the City of Los Angeles, California

Advisor: Andrew Marx | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Darren Ruddell

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Liling Lee

Using Landscape Integrity Index to Evaluate the Cumulative Impacts of BLM Resource Management Programs

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: John P. Wilson, Su Jin Lee

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Kevin Mercy

Comparative 3D Geographic Web Server Development: Visualizing Point Clouds in the Web

Advisor: Andrew Marx | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Jennifer Swift

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Michelle Ramirez

Housing Affordability Near Metro’s Light Rail – Expo Line & Gold Line

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Darren Ruddell

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Sarah Rosenthal

Using GIS to Explore the Tradeoffs in Hydrographic Survey Planning: An Investigation of Sampling, Interpolation and Accuracy

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, John P. Wilson

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Chris Sanders

Beyond Visual Line of Sight Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Operations: Site Suitability for Landing Zone Locations

Advisor: Andrew Marx | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, An-Win Wu

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Paul Sanon

Analysis of Park Accessibility in Redan, Georgia Web GIS Application

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Lei Lei Duan, Jennifer Swift

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Andrew Turpin

A Predictive Analysis of Ancient Greek Settlements

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, An-Win Wu

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Chase VanSchoonhoven

Web-Based Relational Spatial Temporal Geodatabase of Glaciers in California

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Jennifer Swift

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Rebecca Wilson

Alaska Hike Search: Designing a mapping application for Alaskan trails and user contributed hazards

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Leilei Duan

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Marshall Wilson

Creating a Flood Vulnerability Index for Houston, Texas

Advisor: Katsuhiko Oda | Committee Members: John P. Wilson, Yao-Yi Chiang

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Benecia Zahrani

Evaluating the MAUP Scale Effects on Property Crime In San Francisco, California

Advisor: Katsuhiko Oda | Committee Members: John P. Wilson, Steve Fleming

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Lindsay Aazami

Reducing Maternal Mortality by Improving Medical Facility Accessibility: A Methodology Demonstrated for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Robert Vos, John Wilson

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Adam Araza

California Ballot Results Viewer: 2008-2018. A Web GIS Application for Viewing Ballot Proposition Results in California

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Jennifer Swift

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Michael Babcock

Building a Spatial Database of Biochar Research and Practice with Web-GIS

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, An-Min Wu

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Christina Brunsvold

A Spatial Narrative of Alternative Fueled Vehicles in California: A GIS Story Map

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda

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Regina Butala

Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Western Snowy Plover Nesting At Vandenberg Air Force Base

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Darren Ruddell

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Colleen Campbell

Using GIS to Predict Human Movement Patterns in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: A Test Case of the Syrian Conflict

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Jennifer Bernstein, Andrew Marx

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Dane Cornell

Testing Social Disorganization Theory on Violent Crime: A Case Study on Pueblo, Colorado

Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Jennifer Bernstein, John Wilson

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Stephen Daire

Caverns Measureless to Man: Interdisciplinary Planetary Science & Technology Analog Research Underwater Laser Scanner Survey (Quintana Roo, Mexico)

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Su Jin Lee

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Ephriam Daniels

Urban Areas and Avian Diversity: Using Citizen Collected Data to Explore Green Spaces

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Andrew Marx, An-Min Wu

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Grant Dixon

An Exploratory Spatial Analysis of Fire Service and EMS Accessibility in Northeastern Illinois Communities

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Darren Ruddell

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Brian Everitt

Designing an Earthquake Preparedness Web Mapping Application for the Older Adult Population of Los Angeles, California

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, YaoYi Chiang

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Monica Finnstrom

Soil Lead Contamination from the Exide Battery Smelter: The Role of Spatial Scale in Cleanup Efforts

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Su Jin Lee

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Shaughn Galloway

Evaluating Predator Prey Dynamics and Site Utilization Patterns of Golden Eagles using Resource Selection Modeling and Spatiotemporal Pattern Mining

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Laura Loyola

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Lindsay Hennes

Increase in Surface Temperature and Deep Layer Nitrate in the California Current: A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Four-Dimensional Hydrographic Data

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Su Jin Lee

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Alexander Holt

Los Angeles County Vote Center Site-Selection: Facilitating Decision Making with a Web Application

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

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Elliott Ingram

Obesity and Healthy Food Accessibility: Case Study of Minnesota, USA

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Su Jin Lee

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Brian Jeantete

GeoBAT: Crowdsourcing Dynamic Perception of Safety Data Through the Integration of Mobile GIS and Ecological Momentary Assessments

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Laura Loyola

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Cass Kalinski

Building better species distribution models with machine learning: Assessing the role of covariate scale and tuning in Maxent models.

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Laura Loyola

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Tiffany Monicque Lee

Defining Neighborhood for Health Research in Arizona

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Kirk Oda, Laura Loyola

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Yue Li

Providing A New Low-Cost Primary Care Facility for Under-Served Communities: A Site Suitability Analysis for Service Planning Area 6 in Los Angeles County, California

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Steven Fleming

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Christopher Marder

The Role of Precision in Spatial Narratives: Using a Modified Discourse Quality Index to Measure the Quality of Deliberative Spatial Data

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Elisabeth Sedano

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Jason Martin

Species Distribution Modeling to Predict the Spread of Spartium junceum in the Angeles National Forest

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, An-Min Wu

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Anthony Mosinski

Risk Assessment to Wildlife from Ohio On-Shore Wind Farm Development: A Landscape Model Approach

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Andrew Marx, Katsuhiko Oda

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Patricia Newman

Developing Improved Geologic Maps and Associated Geologic Spatial Databases Using GIS: Candy Mountain and Badger Mountain, WA

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Elisabeth Sedano

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Christina Paganini

Building Sustainable Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) Programs: A Program Management Framework of Capacity Building Strategies

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: John Wilson, Jennifer Bernstein

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Jonathan Rodriguez

The Movement of Mexican Migration and its Impact based on a GIS Geospatial Database

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Katsuhiko Oda

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Joe Rosenbery

A Model for Placement of Modular Pump Storage Hydroelectricity Systems

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Robert Vos, John Wilson

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Victoria Scherelis

An Application of Aerial Drones in High Definition Mapping for Autonomous Vehicles

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Andrew Marx, Steven Fleming

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Rachel Shanks

Assessing the Transferability of a Species Distribution Model for Predicting the Distribution of Invasive Cogongrass in Alabama

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Katsuhiko Oda

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Steven Sloan

Use of Least-Cost Path Analysis to Identify Potential Movement Corridors for Jaguars Across the US-Mexico Border

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Robert Vos, An-Min Wu

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Marie Taylor

Using GIS to identify potential dynamic marine protected areas: A case study using shortfin mako shark tagging data in New Zealand

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Su Jin Lee

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Julee Wardle

Tracking Trends in Earthquakes and Tropical Storms: A Web GIS Application

Advisor: Jennifer Bernstein | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Elizabeth Sedano

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Kyle Weaver

Congestion Effects on Arterials as a Result of Incidents on Nearby Freeway: When should you get off the highway?

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Yao-Yi Chiang

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Richard Windisch

Utilizing 311 Service Requests as a Signature of Urban Location in the City of Los Angeles

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Su Jin Lee

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Jo-Anne Antoun

"Cartographic Design and Interaction: An Integrated User-Centered Agile Software Development Framework for Web GIS Applications"

Advisor: Elizabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos

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Donald Borer

Creating a Water Quality Geodatabase for the West Hawai‘i Island Region

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Laura Loyola

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Adlin Botkin

Exploring Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Technologies to Understand Vegetation Changes in Response to Land Management Practices at Finke Gorge National Park, Australia Between 1989 and 1999

Test Award

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Darren Ruddell

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Brandon Brooks

Student Engagement Capabilities in Mobile GIS: A Framework for Mobile GIS Education

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Katsuhiko Oda

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Monika Burchette

Improving Wetland Determination Utilizing Unmanned Aerial Systems

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Andrew Marx, Travis Longcore

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Kyle Burke

Building a Geodatabase for American Pika Presence and Absence Data

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Laura Loyola

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Mary Colomaio

Integrating GIS into farm operations at the Homer C. Thompson Research Farm in Freeville, New York

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Andrew Marx, John Wilson

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Phillip Conner

Exploring Commercial Catch: Creating a Responsive Florida Fisheries Web GIS Using ASP.NET, the Esri JavaScript API 4.x, and Calcite Maps

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, An-Min Wu

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Drew Cover

Preparing for the Next Major Southern California Earthquake: Utilizing HAZUS with Soils Maps and ShakeMaps to Predict Regional Bridge Damage and Closures

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Laura Loyola

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Raymond Danser

Applying Least Cost Path Analysis to Search and Rescue Data: A Case Study in Yosemite National Park

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Ran Tao

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William Dickey

Spatial Analysis of Human Activities and Wildfires in the Willamette National Forest

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Travis Longcore

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Kenneth Ryan Driggers

Evaluating the Relationship between Colorado Elk Hunting Success and Terrain Ruggedness

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: John Wilson, Su Jin Lee

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Alexandra Fox

Access to Active Play Parks for Youth Segments in Alexandria, Virginia

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Bernstein, Ran Tao

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Nicholas Gliserman

Assessing the Reliability of the 1760 British Geographical Survey of the St. Lawrence River Valley

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Elisabth Sedano

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Sarah Godfrey

Spatial Distribution of the Endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse (Perognathus longimembrus ssp. pacificus) Within Coastal Sage Scrub Habitat at Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area

Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Laura Loyola

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Reid Harwood

Improving Positional Accuracy in Smartphones: Exploration of the Use of a Broadband Global Area Network System in Positional Data Collection

Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Elisabeth Sedano

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Pamela Hathaway

Practical Application of ACS Place of Birth Data in an App Created for American Red Cross International Services

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Jennifer Bernstein

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Christina Haworth

Developing Art-Based Cultural Experiences in North Kohala: A Community Engagement Project with OneIsland

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Bernstein, Jennifer Swift

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Kristiane Hill

3D Fossil Visualization and Mapping of the La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, California

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Laura Loyola

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Devlin Howieson

Assessing the Value of Crowdsourced Data in Aiding First Responders: A Case Study of the 2013 Boston Marathon

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Ran Tao

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Charles Jurden

Utilizing Advanced Spatial Collection and Monitoring Technologies: Surveying Topographical Datasets with Unmanned Aerial Systems

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: John Wilson, Andrew Marx

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Joel Kerbrat

Questioning the Cause of Calamity: Using Remotely Sensed Data to Assess Successive Fire Events

USC M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology Third Place Prize

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Travis Longcore

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Trey Lee

An Examination of Close-Range Photogrammetry and Traditional Cave Survey Methods for Terrestrial and Underwater Caves for 3-Dimensional Mapping

Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, David Ginsburg

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James Luttrull

Radar Horizon Estimation from Monoscopic Shadow Photogrammetry of Radar Structures: A Case Study in the South China Sea

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: John Wilson, Andrew Marx

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Michele Macauley

Development of a Web-GIS Application to Aid Marathon Runners in the Race Selection and Planning Process

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Jennifer Bernstein, Jennifer Swift

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Marisa McGinnis

A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Environmental Risk Factors and the Occurrence of Lyme Disease in the Northeastern United States

Advisor: An-Min Wu | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Jennifer Bernstein

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Alexandra Motyka

Applying GIS to Landscape Irrigation Systems: A Case Study of the Music Academy of the West Campus in Montecito, CA

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Karen Kemp

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Alexandra Olivier

Using GIS to perform a Risk Assessment for Air-Transmitted Bioterrorism within San Diego County

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Andrew Marx

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Tori Oulie

Coastal Vulnerability Assessment for Archaeological Sites on San Clemente Island and San Nicolas Island, California

Advisor: An-Min Wu | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Travis Longcore

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James Potter

Collecting and Managing VGI Infrastructure Assessments in Support of Stability Operations

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Elisabeth Sedano

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Shani Pynn

Finding the Green in Greenspace: An Examination of Geospatial Measures of Greenspace for Use in Exposure Studies

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Robert Vos

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David Rosas Flores

Investigating the Association of Historical Preservation and Neighborhood Status in Detroit, 1970-2015

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Katsuhiko Oda

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Christine Schurawel

Spatial Analysis of Vision Services of Kaiser Permanente Members

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Laura Loyola

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Timothy Strotkamp

Utilizing Online Data Sources to Improve Existing Military Aircraft Systems

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Andrew Marx, Robert Vos

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William Taff IV

Object Detection and Digitization from Aerial Imagery Using Neural Networks

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Ran Tao

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Michael Thibodaux

The Use of Site Suitability Analysis to Model Changes in Beach Geomorphology due to Coastal Structures

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, John Wilson

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Joseph Toland

A Model for Emergency Logistical Resource Requirements: Supporting Socially Vulnerable Populations Affected by the (M) 7.8 San Andreas Earthquake Scenario in Los Angeles County, California

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Jennifer Swift

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Quincy Tom-Jack

Creating Hot Streets: Developing an Automated Approach using Model Builder

Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: John Wilson, YaoYi Chiang

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Kyle Uhler

Mixed Forest Image Classification of Paper Birch: Using AVIRIS Bandwidths Ranging from 530 to 745 nm

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Andrew Marx

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Brianna Wiley

Tracking Santa Barbara County Wildfires: A Web Mapping Application

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda

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Robert Williams

Suitability Analysis for Wave Energy Farms off the Coast of Southern California: An Integrated Site Selection Methodology

Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Jennifer Bernstein, Robert Vos

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Timberlynn Woolf

Deep Convolutional Neural Networks for Remote Sensing Investigation of Looting of the Archeological Site of Al-Lisht, Egypt

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Jennifer Bernstein, Katsuhiko Oda

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Jonathan Alfonso

Safe Walk: A Network Analyst Framework for Safe Routes to School

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Laura Loyola

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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

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Bailey Baumann

Finding Environmental Opportunities for Early Sea Crossings: An Agent-Based Model of Middle to Late Pleistocene Mediterranean Coastal Migration

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos

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Quentina Borgic

Stone Tool Raw Material Distribution Network and Predictability Study in Southern Illinois

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: An-Min Wu, Laura Loyola

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Shanna Bressie

Spatial Patterns of Food Accessibility Across Lane County, Oregon in 2015-2016

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky

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Cora Chong

Comparison of Spatial Data Types for Urban Sprawl Analysis Using Shannon's Entropy

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Robert Vos

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Douglas Daniels

Sensor Technologies for Determining Cyclist Power Output: A Comparison of Smartphone, Opposing Force and Strain Gauge Power Measurement Technologies

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: John Wilson, Robert Vos

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Keith Darby

Developing, Maintaining, and Employing Crowd-sourced Geospatial Data in Support of Helicopter Landing Zone Surveys for Disaster Response Operations

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda

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Trevor Denson

Majestic Yosemite Hotel Virtual Tour Application and Indoor Model

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, An-Min Wu

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Jessica Eselius

Predicting Post-wildfire Revegetation Rates: An Application of Multi-factor Regression Modeling

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Laura Loyola

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Julia Goldsworth

Exploring Land Use Changes in the City of Irvine's Master Plan

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Robert Vos, An-Min Wu

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Robert Grotefend

A Web GIS Application for Airport Pavement Management

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Darren Ruddell

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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

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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

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Richard Holzer

Evaluating the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program's Effect on Neighborhoods

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Robert Vos

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Lara Hughes-Allen

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

USC GIST Thesis Prize first place winner

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

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Sheldon Jessup

Spatial Narrative of the Invasive Lionfish in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans: A GIS Story Map

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Laura Loyola

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Kelvin Klemens

Development and Evaluation of a USV Based Mapping System for Remote Sensing of Eelgrass Extent in Southern California

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, David Ginsburg

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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

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Colleen Makar

Using GIS and Asset Management to Understand Hydrant Damages and Required Maintenance

Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Darren Ruddelll, Robert Vos

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Shannon McLemore

Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Wildfire Incidence in the State of Florida

Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Su Jin Lee

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Ryan Mock

San Diego Wildfire Hazards Information Center Mashup

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, An-Min Wu

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Douglas Montgomery

Philly Bike Report: A Mobile App for Mapping and Sharing Real-Time Reports of Illegally Blocked Bike Lanes in Philadelphia

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Darren Ruddell

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Matthieu Munoz

Modeling Geopolitics in Tikal Through Least Cost Paths

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Thomas Garrison, John Wilson

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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

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Cian Reger

Bringing GIS to a Small Community Water System

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Wei Yang

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Jeffrey Snoddy

Comparative Study of Radiation and Weather-based Reference Evapotranspiration Models

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Andrew Marx

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Carrie Steves

Trends in the Alaskan Bottom-Trawl Fishery from 1993-2015: A GIS-Based Spatiotemporal Analysis

UNIGIS International Association (UIA) 2018 Academic Excellence Prize and USC M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology First Place Prize

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Travis Longcore

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Neil Stone

Social Media Canvassing Using Twitter and Web GIS to Aid in Solving Crime

USC M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology second place prize

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Jennifer Swift

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Benjamin Suber

Public Transportation Accessibility Impacts of the Tucson Modern Streetcar

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda

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Holly Torpey

Spatiotemporal Spillover in Lawn-to-Garden Program Participation in Long Beach, California

Advisor: Elisabeth Sedano | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Darren Ruddell

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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

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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

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Angela Woods

A Comparison of Two Earthquake Events in the City of Downey: The Puente Hills and Whittier Faults at 7.0 and 6.8 Magnitudes

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Laura Loyola

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Katherine Kelly Wright

Web GIS as a Disease Management Workspace: Enabling Advocacy at Multiple Scales Across Multiple Continents with the Case of Tungiasis

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Katsuhiko Oda

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Alvin Yeung

Generating Trail Conditions Using User Contributed Data Through a Web Application

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Jennifer Swift

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Alexander Zoeller

Mapping West Virginia Surface Mines with Hyperspectral Remotely Sensed Imagery Classification

Advisor: Steven Fleming | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Katsuhiko Oda

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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

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Christian Alvez

Modeling Prehistoric Paths in Bronze Age Northeast England

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Su Jin Lee

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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

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Charles Becker

A Spatial Analysis of Veteran Healthcare

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Steven Fleming

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Anne Jeanene Bengoa

Automating "Ethington Transections": A New Visualization Tool

Advisor: Philip Ethington | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos

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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

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Cynthia Burrows

Developing an Archaeological Specific Geodatabase to Chronicle Historical Perspectives at Bethsaida, Israel

Advisor: Laura Loyola | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Wei Yang

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Hildemar Cruz

A Geospatial Analysis of Income Level, Food Deserts and Urban Agriculture Hot Spots

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Elisabeth Sedano, Travis Longcore

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Megan Gosch

Geospatial Web Application Development to Access Irrigation Asset Data: Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Robert Vos

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Joshua Greetan

The Wildland-Urban Interface in Lassen County, California: A Change Analysis 2000-2015

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Travis Longcore

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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

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Jennifer Jin

Installing Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: A Site Suitability Analysis in Los Angeles County, California

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Wei Yang

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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

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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

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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

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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 Chiang

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Ebrahim Khan

A Unified Geodatabase Design for Sinkhole Inventories in the United States

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Robert Vos

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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

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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, Elisabth Sedano

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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

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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

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Brian McDonald

Dasymetric Mapping of Building Stocks within HAZUS-FL

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Wei Yang

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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

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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

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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

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Johnny Musser

Modeling Historic Structure Preservation Candidacy on Fort Ord

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Steven Fleming, Katsuhiko Oda

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Norman Nash

Detection and Accuracy Assessment of Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations

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

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Darryl Nevels

Measuring Seasonal Variation in Food Access: A Case Study of Everett, Washington

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Elisabth Sedano

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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

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Nathan Novak

Predictive Habitat Distribution Modeling of Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) within the Central Gulf of Alaska utilizing Passive Acoustic Monitoring

USC GIST Thesis Prize first place winner

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky

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Megan Oyarzun

Predicting Archaeological Sites in Northeastern California's High Desert using the Maxent Model

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Wei Yang, Katsuhiko Oda

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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David Robert Scobie

Design and Implementation of an Enterprise Spatial Raster Management System

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: jennifer Swift, Yao-Yi Chiang

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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

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Wai Shuk So

Urban Green Space Accessibility and Environmental Justice: A GIS-Based Analysis in the City of Phoenix, Arizona

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Elisabth Sedano

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Nathan Stewart

Using Pedestrian Accessibility Indicators to Locate Schools: A Site Suitability Analysis in Greenville County, South Carolina

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Elisabth Sedano

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Jennifer Titus

Peoples of Washington Historical Geographic Information System: Geo-referencing Culture Using Archival Standards

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: jennifer Swift, Katsuhiko Oda

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Yee Kit Tsang

Site Suitability Analysis: Small-Scale Fixed Axis Ground Mounted Photovoltaic Power Plants in Fresno, CA

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Laura Loyola, Katsuhiko Oda

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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

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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

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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

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Valerie Anderson

Historical Ecology of the Split Oak Forest East Central Florida

USC GIST Thesis Prize third place winner

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Darren Ruddell

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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

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Jeffrey Block

Spread Global, Start Local: Modeling Endemic Socio-Spatial Influence Networks

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Craig Knoblock, Jennifer Swift

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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

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Alfredo Cisneros

Population Disaggregation for Trade Area Delineation in Retail Real Estate Site Analysis

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Victor Bennett, Katsuhiko Oda

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Antonio Cotroneo

Identification and Analysis of Future Land-Use Conflict in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: jennifer Swift, Robert Vos

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Richard Crowther

A Comparison of Urban Land Cover Change: A Study of Pasadena and Inglewood, California, 1992-2011

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Darren Ruddell

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Jenora D'Acosta

Finding Food Deserts: A Study of Food Access Measures in the Phoenix-Mesa Urban Area

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Darren Ruddell

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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

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Brian Dean

Drawing Better Lines: Comparing Commissions to Legislatures on Compactness and Coterminosity

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Daniel Warshawsky

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Sarah Gehring

Semi-Automated Visualization of Spatial Information in Unstructured Text

Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: jennifer Swift, Robert Vos

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Mallory Graves

Spatial Narratives of Struggle and Activism in the Del Amo and Montrose Superfund Cleanups: A Community-Engaged Web GIS Story Map

USC GIST Thesis Prize second place winner

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky

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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

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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

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Chad Johnson

Site Location Suitability Analysis for a Smart Grid Network

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Robert Vos

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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

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Reina Kahn

Geospatial Analysis of Unintended Casualties during Combat Training: Fort Drum, New York

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky

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Solomon Kailihiwa

Using Maxent to Model the Distribution of Prehistoric Agricultural Features in a Portion of the Hokuli'a Subdivision in Kona, Hawai'i

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Thomas Garrison, Su Jin Lee

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Spiridon Katehis

Validating the HAZUS Coastal Surge Model for Superstorm Sandy

Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Robert Vos

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Giles Kingsley

Distribution and Correlates of Feral Cat Trapping Permits in Los Angeles, California

Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Jordan Hastings, Darren Ruddell

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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

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Carlos Martinez

Relocation Bay: Identifying a Suitable Site for the Tampa Bay Rays

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Darren Ruddell

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Chandra Dawn Merritt

Determining the Utility of GIS in Border Disputes, Case Study: Sudan and South Sudan

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Tarek Rashed, Robert Vos

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Seth Morganstern

Disparities in Food Access: An Empirical Analysis of Neighborhoods in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Su Jin Lee

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Derek Newland

Smart Growth and Walkability Affect on Vehicle Use and Ownership

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Meredith Franklin

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Dustin Reed

Historical Temperature Trends in Los Angeles County, California

Advisor: Su Jin Lee | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Robert Vos

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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

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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

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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

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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, Yao-Yi Chiang

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Yonatan Rosen

A Fire Insurance Map GeoCoder for Pre-Earthquake San Francisco

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Daniel Warshawsky

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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

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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

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Christopher Staffel 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

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Ana Stoudt

Redefining Urban Food Systems to Identify Optimal Rooftop Community Garden Locations: A Site Suitability Analysis in Seattle, Washington

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Su Jin Lee

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Andrew Thomason

Modeling Burn Probability: A MaxEnt Approach to Estimating California's Wildfire Potential

Advisor: Darren Ruddell | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Travis Longcore

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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

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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

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Adrianna Valenti

Estimating Populations at Risk in Data-Poor Environments: A Geographically Disaggregated Analysis of Boko Haram Terrorism 2009-2014

2015 UNIGIS International Association Academic Excellence Prize Third Place Winner

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Katsuhiko Oda

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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

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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

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Ruth Zipfel

Network Accessibility and Population Change: Historical Analysis of Transportation in Tennessee, 1830-2010

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: David Rigby, Robert Vos

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Shawn Baldwin

Institutional Inscription in the Minorcan Quarter of Saint Augustine, Florida

Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Philip Ethington, Katsuhiko Oda

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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

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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

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David Breeding

Identifying and Locating the Need for Financial Education

Advisor: Katsuhiko Oda | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Daniel Warshawsky

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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

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Caroline Carl

Calculating Solar Photovoltaic Potential on Residential Rooftops in Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Advisor: Su Jin Lee | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Robert Vos

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Corina Chung

Integrating Spatial Visualization to Improve Public Health Understanding and Communication

Advisor: Katsuhiko Oda | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Yao-Yi Chiang

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Anna Fischer

Preparing for Immigration Reform: A Spatial Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Su Jin Lee, Darren Ruddell

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Robert Franssen

Evaluating Spatial Changes in the Rate of Insurgency-Violence in Central Africa: The Lord's Resistance Army 2008-2012

Advisor: Daniel Warshawksy | Committee Members: Flora Paganelli, Robert Vos

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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

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Daniel Gerard

Visualizing Sporting Event Temporary Flight Restrictions

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Yao-Yi Chiang, Karen Kemp

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jennifer Johnson

Mapping Firing Ranges as Social Capital Generators in Houston, Texas

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Daniel Warshawsky

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Gina Kiani

Development of a Web GIS for Urban Sustainability Indicators of Oakland, California

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Warshawsky

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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

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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

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Kathryn Metivier

Modeling Open Space Acquisition

Advisor: Yao-Yi Chiang | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Robert Vos

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Nancy Milholland

Exploring San Francisco's Treasures: Mashing Up Public Art, Social Media, and Volunteered Geographic Information to Create a Dynamic Guide

USC GIST Thesis Prize third place winner

Advisor: Edward Pultar | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Jennifer Swift

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Federico Tallis

Evaluating Transit and Driving Disaggregated Commutes through GTFS in ArcGIS

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Maged Dessouky, Robert Vos

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Diego Vasquez

Geological Modeling in GIS for Petroleum Reservoir Characterization and Engineering: A 3D GIS-Assisted Geostatistics Approach

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Benham Jafarpour, Doug Hammond

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Trang VoPham

Integrating Landsat and California Pesticide Exposure Estimation at Aggregated Analysis Scales: Accuracy Assessment of Rurality

USC GIST Thesis Prize second place winner UNIGIS International Association Academic Excellence Prize Second Place Winner

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Tarek Rashed

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Christopher Weidemann

Geosocial Footprint (2013): Social Media Location Privacy Web Map

Winner, "Geosocial Footprint," Robert Raskin Mashup Mapping Competition sponsored by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Craig Knoblock, Edward Pultar

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Luke Wenschhof

The Geography of Voter Power in the U.S. Electoral College from 1900-2012

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Daniel Warshawsky

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Amanda Alamo

Explorations of American Churchscape Diversity

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Daniel Warshawsky, John Wilson

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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

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Matthew Bissell

Using Volunteered Geographic Information to Model Blue Whale Foraging Habitat, Southern California Bight

Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Meredith Franklin, Flora Paganelli

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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

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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

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Amanda Gray

Spatial Delineation of Market Areas: A Proposed Approach

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Flora Paganelli, Daniel Warshawsky

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Kurt Ingold

Remote Analysis of Avalanche Terrain Features: Identifying Routs, Avoiding Hazards

Advisor: Flora Paganelli | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Tarek Rashed

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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

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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

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Devon R. Munsel

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

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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

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Adam Prell

Pre-Incident Plan Mapping in Kern County's Wildland Urban Interface

Advisor: Jordan Hastings | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Flora Paganelli

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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

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Jeffrey Schroeder

Surface Representations of Rainfall at Small Extents: A Study of Rainfall Mapping Based on Volunteered Geographic Information in Kona, Hawaii

USC GIST Thesis Prize First Place Winner

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Dare

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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

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Michael Wahl

Mapping Native Plants: A GIS-based Mobile Application for Everyone

Advisor: Jennifer Swift | Committee Members: Flora Paganelli, Edward Pultar

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Russell M. Abbott

Investigation and Analysis of Land Use / Tree Cover in Riverside, California

Advisor: Travis Longcore | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, John Wilson

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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

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Brice Cameron Burkett

Using Mobile Mapping for Wildfire Mitigation in the Los Angeles County

USC GIST Thesis Prize winner

Advisor: Andrew Curtis | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Jennifer Swift

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Stephanie Chen

Investigating Bus Route Walkability: Comparative Case Study in Orange County, California

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Darren Ruddell

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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, Daniel Goldberg

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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

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Daniel Currie Eisman

Spatial Analysis of Urban Built Environments and Vehicle Transit Behavior

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Katsuhiko Oda, Daniel Warshawsky

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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

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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

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Brian Vance Kearns

Is the Likelihood of Waterfowl Presence Greater on Conserved Lands?

Advisor: travis Longcore | Committee Members: Robert Vos, Karen Kemp

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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

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Samuel G. Krueger

Delimiting the PostModern Urban Center: An Analysis of Urban Amenity Clusters in Los Angeles

UNIGIS International Association Academic Excellence Award first place winner North American Regional Science Association Graduate Student-Author Paper Competition winner

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: John Wilson, Philip Ethington

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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

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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

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Allison Oulton

Community Gardens for Social Capital: A Site Suitability Analysis in Akron, Ohio

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Darren Ruddell, Katsuhiko Oda

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Eric N. Pena

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

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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

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Andrew L. Stickney

Improving the Communication of Water Allocation Decisions Using Interactive Maps

Advisor: Robert Vos | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Darren Ruddell

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Kevin Kelly

Different Geographical Representations of Middle America

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Karen Kemp, Robert Vos

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Ronald G. Lehman

Concentrated Solar Thermal Facilities: A GIS Approach for Land Planning

Advisor: Karen Kemp | Committee Members: Jennifer Swift, Daniel Goldberg

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Teri L. Mooney

Predicting Hydromantes Shastae Occurrences in Shasta County, California

Advisor: John Wilson | Committee Members: Travis Longcore, Jennifer Swift

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