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The UCD FOSS4G Lab is supported by a diverse group of faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Architecture and Planning, all of whom have a particular interest in FOSS4G. The faculty collective is constantly expanding into new departments and colleges, adding to our breadth of knowledge and expertise in Geo-spatial Science.



Dr. Peter Anthamatten

Assistant Professor   |   Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

AnthamattenPrimary current research efforts:

  • Exploring the role of the urban environment in childhood obesity
  • Examining the ways that research is spatial cognition and psychology can inform geographic education and
  • Evaluating biases in bioconservation efforts



Dr. Farnoush Banaei-Kashani

Assistant Professor  |  Computer Science and Engineering


Research Interests:

  • Big data management and mining
  • Database systems
  • Data-driven decision-making systems

Dr. Joshua French

Assistant Professor   |   Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

French_JoshuaResearch Interests:

  • Spatial statistics
  • Exceedance set identification
  • Environmental and ecological applications
  • Public health



Dr. Wesley Marshall

Assistant Professor   |   Department of Civil Engineering

Assistant Professor   |   Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Marshall_WesResearch Interests:

  • Road safety
  • Active transportation
  • Transit and TOD
  • Transportation Resiliency, Sustainability, and Livability
  • Street Networks & Community Design


Dr. Carolyn McAndrews

Assistant Professor   |   Department of Urban and Regional Planning

mcandrews_carrieCurrent Research Projects:

  • Arterial roads and neighborhood livability
  • Evaluation of programs to increase walking and bicycling
  • Transportation injury risk across different groups of road users
  • Including public health in transportation policy agendas
  • Public participation in transportation decision making


Dr. Rafael Moreno-Sanchez

Associate Professor   |   Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Research and Expertise:

  • Natural resources management
  • Land use planning
  • Sustainable development and
  • Geographic information science and technology including the use of Open Source Software and Web-based GIS



Dr. Deborah Thomas

Professor   |   Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Professor   |   Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Thomas_DebCurrent research projects:

  • Assessing the effects of living at moderate and high altitude on health outcomes
  • Utilizing GIS for the study of physical activity: individual and environmental mechanisms of PA change
  • Health mapping in Tanzania for informing health evidence-based decision-making and
  • Exploring post-disaster Haitian health sector capacity


Dr. Austin Troy

Associate Professor, Co-Coordinator GIS Certificate   |   Department of Urban and Regional Planning

 Co-Coordinator GIS Certificate   |  College of Architecture and Planning

austinTroyResearch Interests:

  • Land use policy
  • Environmental planning
  • Spatial analysis
  • Remote sensing
  • Land use change modeling and simulation​



Dr. Amanda Weaver

Instructor   |   Department of Geography and Environmental Science

Coordinator   |   Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Certificate


  • GIS & Geography
  • Food Systems & Local and Urban Agriculture
  • Oil and Gas GIS
  • Conservation Easements & Land/Range Management
  • Farm-To-Table Culture


Dr. Michael Wunder

Instructor   |   Department of Integrative Biology

Wunder_MichaelAreas of Expertise:

  • Animal Migration
  • Biological Conservation
  • Biostatistics
  • Population Ecology
  • Stable Isotope Ecology



Michael Hinke

Lecturer   |   Geography and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer, Co-coordinator GIS Certificate   |   College of Architecture and Planning 

MichaelHinkeResearch Interests:

  • Cumulative effects analysis
  • NEPA and Environmental planning
  • Land-use regulation and policy
  • Geographical information systems
  • Cartography
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