Dr. Thomas Wuerzer - 

Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning 

Dr. Wuerzer's research interests include mixed land uses, GIS and visualization, and
advocates active living and quality of life in his research. His passion and active
research are regional planning issues of wildfires within the Wildland Urban Interface
(WUI). He is founder of an transdisciplinary research team of colleagues in Geosciences
and Public Policy: BURN, the Boise Urban Research on Naturalhazards. The BURN team
conducts research projects on wildfire and related hazards' impacts on natural and
built environment, wildlife and human habitat. 

His work and research are bridged by an in-depth background in Geographic Information
Systems (GIS). Overall, he combines international and domestic experiences from Germany,
Finland, Delaware, Ohio, and now Idaho, and almost 20 years of GIS, into his research.

Wildfires

Left Out from Wildfires Mitigation: Does University’s Population Think Different?, 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire (2015)

This research presents a novel perspective on college students and their risk perception in a...

 

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The hot topics while in college: Wildfire risk perception among university’s population. (2014)

In 2012, wildfires destroyed about approximate 9 million acres of US lands and 2013’s fire...

 

Lessons of Fire Risk: Awareness and Preparedness at the Boise Wildland Urban Interface, Annual Meeting, Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association (2013)

Wuerzer presented current research on wildfires and planning, and the challenges encountered when urban environments...

 

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Too “Hot” to Ignore: Fire hazards at the Boise Wildland Urban Interface (with Juli McCoy) (2013)

As part of a larger interdisciplinary study on “Fire, GIS, and Planning” we seek to...

 

Fire Resilience Policy and Planning at the Wildland-Urban Interface: Boise and the Idaho Treasure Valley, ICLEI Resilience Cities Conference (2013)

The spatial and temporal distribution of wildfires in Idaho and the United States Inter Mountain...

 

Active Living/ Cycling / Bike Share

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Cycling Willingness: Investigating Distance as a Dependent Variable in Cycling Behavior Among College Students (with Susan G. Mason), Applied Geography (2015)

We present a novel approach to understanding distance as a barrier to cycling and its...

 

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Retail Gravitation and Economic Impact: A Market-Driven Analytical Framework for Bike Share Station Location Analysis in the U.S. (with Susan G. Mason), International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (2014)

Bike share programs are becoming a more frequent and popular amenity for cities around the...

 

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Predictors of Cycling in College Students (with Lynda B. Ransdell, Susan G. Mason, and Ka Man Leung), Journal of American College Health (2013)

Objectives: To (1) assess cycling-related questions that have been added to the electronic version of...

 

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Cycling Behavior Among College Students: Is Distance the Final Frontier? (with Susan Mason and Lynda Ransdell), Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference (2013)

This paper presents a novel approach used to study active living and cycling-based physical activity...

 

Active Living and Linkages to Transportation and Economic Development (with Susan Mason), Idaho APA Annual Conference (2012)

Bike share programs are becoming a more frequent and popular amenity for cities around the...

 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Left Out from Wildfires Mitigation: Does University’s Population Think Different?, 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire (2015)

This research presents a novel perspective on college students and their risk perception in a...

 

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The Impact of Boise’s Parks and Rec System on Property Values, City of Boise (2015)

Calculation of the impact of Boise's parks and open space on property values.

 

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The hot topics while in college: Wildfire risk perception among university’s population. (2014)

In 2012, wildfires destroyed about approximate 9 million acres of US lands and 2013’s fire...

 

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Retail Gravitation and Economic Impact: A Market-Driven Analytical Framework for Bike Share Station Location Analysis in the U.S. (with Susan G. Mason), International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (2014)

Bike share programs are becoming a more frequent and popular amenity for cities around the...

 

Social Network Analysis: A Means to Discovering the Tipping Point in Gaining Cooperation? (with Susan Mason, Don Holley, Aaron Wells, Alark Joshi, and Amit Jain), Urban Affairs Association 44th Annual Meeting, March 19-22, 2014 (2014)

Today, one prominent feature of the development of more sustainable communities is the value of...

 

Visualization

Social Network Analysis: A Means to Discovering the Tipping Point in Gaining Cooperation? (with Susan Mason, Don Holley, Aaron Wells, Alark Joshi, and Amit Jain), Urban Affairs Association 44th Annual Meeting, March 19-22, 2014 (2014)

Today, one prominent feature of the development of more sustainable communities is the value of...

 

Map Versus Visualization: An Evaluation of Visual Communication Tools for Planning (with Peter Mallow), ACSP (2012)

Widely available for more than two decades, GIS systems provide planners with a powerful tool...

 

Mixed-Use Developments

Optimized Land Use Combinations as New Infill Strategies?, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) 51st Annual Conference (2010)

Planning approaches such as sustainability, growth management, and the Smart Growth element mixed-use seek to...

 

International Planning

'Smart Growth' and 'Urban Health', Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (forthcoming) (2014)
 

Kuala Lumpur: System of Spatial Planning, Development Programs and Development Plans, The Great Leap Forward: World Cities, Global Cities, Smart Cities, Postmodern Cities; Singapore and Kuala Lumpur as Models of the Great City in the 21st Century (2003)
 

Teaching Projects and Reports

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Wayfinding in Boise (2012)

Executive Summary

This document reviews the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of wayfinding within the...