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About Thomas Wuerzer

Dr. Thomas Wuerzer is Associate Professor of Real Estate Development in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He adds additional international and interdisciplinary value to the faculty of the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. He is originally from South Germany and earned his Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, as well as a Masters in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. 

His in-depth background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with about 20 years of experiences bridges his work and research across disciplines. He was the first recipient of the prestigious 4 years CAGIS-Doctoral-Fellowship awarded by the Cincinnati Area GIS Consortium (CAGIS) for which he developed customized and cutting-edge GIS and urban management solutions. CAGIS is nationally recognized for its excellence in GIS-enabled services such as advanced workflow management, application development, and in providing spatial data and effective service delivery. 

In “thinking spatial”, he consistently “translates” real world problems into the language of spatial relationship and GIS. In doing so, his current applied research focuses on investigating complex spatial issues supported by geographic information systems (GIS) within economic development and real estate applications. In combining these various research platforms, he serves as co-director of the Florida Climate Institute at NSU. 

Within the M.S. in Real Estate Development (MSRED) at Nova Southeastern University he is responsible for courses covering real estate, land use planning, and technologies such as REE 5862 Real Estate Market Analysis, REE5882 Land Use Planning and Project Design, and REE5866 Geographic Information Systems. He coordinates and teaches all RED specific software packages (GIS, dProfiler, ARGUS) and serves as the academic advisor to the Real Estate Development Student Association (REDSA). 

His applied research focuses on investigating complex spatial issues with geographic information systems (GIS). Overall, he combines international and domestic experiences from Germany, Finland, Delaware, Ohio, Idaho, and Florida, into his research. Recent projects include research on wildfires in Idaho, economic impacts of parks, and novel GIS approaches to cycling infrastructure (bike share systems) and cyclists’ behavior.


Present Associate Professor, Real Estate Development., Nova Southeastern University


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Director, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Climate Institute
2017 - Present Participant, Nova Southeastern University, Razor's Edge Cage Scholars Kick-Off Event
2017 - Present Judge, Nova Southeastern University, Razor's Edge Shark Cage/Shark Pitch Presentations
2017 - Present Committee Member, OLE Committee
2016 - Present Creator, Nova Southeastern University, Media and Recruitment Materials
2016 - Present Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University, Social Media/Facebook Coordinator for MS Real Estate Development
2016 - Present Academic Advisor, Real Estate Development Student Association
2016 - 2016 Guest Lecturer, Nova Southeastern University, Guest Lecture for Dr. David Miller's Class
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2012 Ph.D., Regional Development Planning, University of Cincinnati
2005 Masters, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware
2004 Joint B.S. & M.S., Diplom Geographer, University of Bayreuth

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (9)

Active Living/ Cycling / Bike Share (10)