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Name: Anita Walz
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Geography/COLA
Phone: 304-696-2504
Email: walz@marshall.edu
Expert:
 
Achievements

Research Based:
 
Publications:
Czajkowski, K. P., S. N. Goward, T. Mulhern, S. J. Goetz, A. Walz, D. Shirey, S. Stadler, S. Prince, and R. O. Dubayah, 2004, Recovery of environmental variables from thermal remote sensing. In: Thermal Remote Sensing in Land Surface Processes, Ed. J. Luvall and D. Quattrochi, eds., CRC Press, 11-32.

Hall, L. W. Jr., R. P. Morgan II, E. S. Perry, and A. Waltz (a.k.a. Walz), 2002. Development of a provisional physical habitat index for Maryland freshwater streams. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 77, 265-291.

Czajkowski, K. P., A. Walz, S. N. Goward and D. Shirey, 2002, Thermal remote sensing of near surface water vapor, Remote Sensing of Environment, 79(2-3), 253-265.

Czajkowski, K. P., S. N. Goward, S. Stadler, and A. Walz, 2000, Thermal remote sensing of near surface environmental variables: application over the Oklahoma Mesonet, Professional Geographer, 52(2), 345-357.
 
 
Recent Conference Presentations:
Walz A. and Hwang W. H., 2007. Large trees as a barrier between solar radiation and sealed surfaces: their capacity to ameliorate urban heat if they are planted strategically to shade pavement. Extended abstract for the presentation at the Seventh Symposium on the Urban Environment, American Meteorological Society, San Diego, California, September 9-13, 2007 (http://ams.confex.com/ams/pdfpapers/126564.pdf).

Walz A., 2007. Vegetation cover where there is none: the third dimension of trees over sealed surfaces and their influence on the city environment. Presented at the World Congress of the International Association of Landscape Ecology, Wageningen, Netherlands, July 8-12, 2007.

Hwang W. H. and Walz A., 2006. Urban Heat: the Effect of Road-side Trees on Local Climate in Residential Neighborhoods. Presented at the 61st Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, Morgantown, WV, November 19-21, 2006.

Walz A., Morgan R. P. and Ottinger M. A., 2006. Resolution and age effects of landuse/land cover data on association strength between amphibian species and landscape patterns in the Piedmont region of Maryland. Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN, August 6 – 10, 2006.

Walz A., 2006. The Influence of Trees in Residential Neighborhoods on Pavement Temperature. Presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago, Illinois, March 2006.

Marchyshyn M. W., Niemann W. L., and Walz A., 2005. A Preliminary GIS-based Assessment of Bedrock Type as a Control on Residential Radon in West Virginia. Presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association of Engineering Geologists, Las Vegas, NV, September 17-25, 2005.
 
 
Works in Progress:
Walz A., Morgan R. P. II, and Ottinger M. A, in review. Extracting Habitat Correlates of 16 Amphibian Species in and Around Streams Across Maryland (USA) from a Large Environmental Survey. Submitted to Herpetological Conservation and Biology.

Walz A., Morgan R. P. II, and Ottinger M. A., in preparation. Resolution, Age, and Processing Effects of Landuse/Land Cover Data: Changes in Class Level Landscape Metrics and Their Influence on Association Strength with Amphibian Species Presence as Measured for the Piedmont Region of Maryland, USA. To be submitted to Journal of Applied Ecology.

Walz A. and Hwang W.H. Abstract: Relating urban thermal patterns to vegetation distribution at various scales. Submitted for presentation at the Eighth Symposium on the Urban Environment, 11 – 15 January 2009, Phoenix, AZ.
 

Professional/Community Based Service:
 
:
COLA Faculty Concerns Committee (2003 – present)

GIS Users Group at Marshall University. Participated in the creation of the Geospatial Certificate.

Global Warming Teach-In (February 2008): Panel member

Judge at the Annual West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair (2003 – 2007).

Advisor – Gamma Theta Upsilon and Geography Club (2003 – 2006).

Geospatial Day Planning Committee (2006)

Secondary Education Teachers of West Virginia: Global Warming and Sea Level Rise Seminar and GIS exercise (2006)

City of Salisbury, NC: Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst (3-day workshop, August 2005)

ESRI Authorized Training Program Instructor: Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst (2004 – present)

ESRI Authorized Training Program Instructor: Introduction to ArcGIS I (2003 – 2004)

GIS consulting: Cabell and Wayne County Health Departments, City of Salisbury, NC

 

Awards:
 
External Research Grants
NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium Research Initiation Grant (2006-2007): Urban Heat: Influence of Road-side Trees on the Local Microclimate in Residential Neighborhoods.
 
 
Internal Grants
College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award (Spring 2008)

MU-ADVANCE Faculty Fellowship (Fall 2007 – Spring 2009)

MU-ADVANCE Mini Grant (Spring 2007): travel to the Seventh Symposium on the Urban Environment, San Diego, California, 10–13 September 2007.

Graduate College Reassigned Time for Research Award (Spring 2007)

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award (Fall 2006): reassigned time

INCO Faculty Development Grant (2006): attend 91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN, August 6 – 10, 2006.

Quinlan Travel Award (2006): present at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN, August 6 – 10, 2006.

Summer Research Award (2006)

INCO Faculty Development Grant (2006): attend 2006 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March 7-10, 2006.

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award (2005): reassigned time for fall 2005

Summer Research Award (2005): conduct measurements

Rahall Transportation Institute (2004): obtain certification as Authorized Training Program Instructor for ‘Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst”.

INCO Faculty Development Grant (2003): attend a three-day ‘Working with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst’ course as offered by ESRI Inc., Vienna, VA

 

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