Dr. Thomas Wuerzer came to Boise State University in 2011 after earning his Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati's School of Planning. He holds a Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, and is Diplom Geographer (Spatial Planning) from the University of Bayreuth in Germany. His work and research are bridged by an in-depth background in geographic information systems (GIS). Prior to Boise State University, he was the first Doctoral Fellow of the Cincinnati Area GIS consortium (CAGIS) and received national recognition for his software in emergency and infrastructure (asset) management. Overall, he combines international and domestic experiences from Germany, Finland, Delaware, Ohio, and now Idaho, and about 15 years of GIS, into his research. Dr. Wuerzer's research interests include optimization modeling of mixed land uses, GIS and visualization. He advocates and researches "healthy cities" and “landscapes of health” with foci on active living and obesity. He currently conducts an interdisciplinary research project on wildfire impacts on natural and built environment, wildlife and human habitat with colleagues in geosciences and public policy.
Fire Resilience Policy and Planning at the Wildland-Urban Interface: Boise and the Idaho Treasure Valley, ICLEI Resilience Cities Conference (2013)
Cycling behavior among college students: Is distance the final frontier? (with Susan Mason and Lynda Ransdell), Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference (2013)
Map versus Visualization: An evaluation of visual communication tools for planning (with Peter Mallow), ACSP (2012)
Active Living and Linkages to Transportation and Economic Development (with Susan Mason), Idaho APA Annual Conference (2012)
Share a Bike, Get a Ride: GIS Development of Bikeshare-Systems, ESRI International User Conference (2012)
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