Daniel Griffith

Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Systems
Editor, Geographical Analysis
Griffith Daniel's Webpage
Tags: Geospatial Information Science

Professional Preparation

M.S. - Statistics
The Pennsylvania State University - 1985
Ph.D. - Geography
University of Toronto - 1978
M.A. - Geography
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - 1972
B.S. - Mathematics
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - 1970

Research Areas

Research Interests
Academic Specialty
  • spatial statistics; quantitative/urban/economic geography; applied statistics & statistical consulting; research proposal design


(with M. Fischer) Modelling spatial autocorrelation in spatial interaction data: An application to patent data in the European Union, J. of Regional Science, forthcoming. 2008 - Publication
Spatial filtering-based contributions to a critique of geographically weighted regression (GWR), Environment & Planning A, forthcoming. 2008 - Publication
Geographic sampling of urban soils for contaminant mapping: how many samples and from where, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, forthcoming 2008 - Publication
(with B. Berry and M. Tiefelsdord) From spatial analysis to geospatial science, Geographical Analysis, forthcoming. 2008 - Publication
(with M. Tiefelsdorf) Semi-parametric filtering of spatial autocorrelation: the eigenvector approach, Environment & Planning A, 39: 1193-1221. 2007 - Publication
Spatial structure and spatial interaction: 25 years later, The Review of Regional Studies, 37, #1: 28-38. 2007 - Publication
(with D. Wong) Modeling population density across major U.S. cities: a polycentric spatial regression approach, J. of Geographical Systems, 9: 53-75. 2007 - Publication
(with J. Paelinck) An equation by any other name is still the same: on spatial statistics and spatial econometrics, Annals of Regional Science, 41: 209-227. 2007 - Publication
(with M. Millones, M. Vincent, D. Johnson, and A. Hunt) Impacts of positional error on spatial regression analysis: A case study of address locations in Syracuse, NY, Transactions in GIS, 11: 655-679. 2007 - Publication
(with W. Thayer and G. Diamond) Geography of asbestos contamination near the World Trade Center site, Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment, 21: 461-471. 2007 - Publication


Summer school visiting lecturer
Department of Mathematics and Statistics [2006–2006]
The University of Texas at Dallas [2005–Present]
Leverhulme visiting professor
The University of Cambridge [2004–2004]
University of Miami [2003–2005]
Ministerio de Educacin del Per [2000–2001]
Syracuse Research Corporation [1998–2003]
Syracuse University [1995–1997]
1-month visiting professor
University of Rome "La Sapienza" [1995–1995]
Syracuse University [1993–1995]
Visiting Professor
Erasmus University, Rotterdam [1992–1992]


Pennsylvania Geographical Society, annual meeting
1999–1999 Indiana, PA
Statistics and the Environment/American Statistical Association
2002–2002 U. of Washington, Seattle
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
1989–1989 U. of California/Santa Barbara (U.S. NSF funded)
Institut de Mathematiques Economiques
1992–1992 26th Annual Colloquium, Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
A numerical study of planar and near-planar adjacency matrices used in geographical analysis
2007–2007 MATTRIAD

Additional Information

  • Association of American Geographers annual meeting: Milwaukee (70th), 1974; Salt Lake City (73rd) , 1977; New Orleans (74th), 1978; Philadelphia (75th), 1979; Louisville (invited for the Nystrom Competition; 76th), 1980; Los Angeles (77th), 1981; San Antonio (78th), 1982; Denver (79th), 1983; Washington, D. C. (80th), 1984; Minneapolis (82nd), 1986; Phoenix (84th), 1988; San Diego (88th), 1992; San Francisco (90th), 1994 (2); Chicago (91st), 1995; Ft. Worth (93rd), 1997; Boston (94th), 1998; Honolulu (95th), 1999 (2); Pittsburgh (96th), 2000; New York (97th), 2001; Los Angeles (98th), 2002 (2); New Orleans (99th), 2003; Philadelphia (100th), 2004; Denver (101st), 2005; Chicago (102nd), 2006; San Francisco (103rd), 2007 (2).
  • Regional Science Association annual meeting: Chicago (25th), 1978; Los Angeles (26th), 1979; Milwaukee (27th), 1980; (with B. Holly) Montreal (28th), 1981; Pittsburgh (29th), 1982; Chicago (30th), 1983; Baltimore (34th), 1987; Toronto (35th), 1988; Santa Barbara (CA; 36th), 1989; Boston (37th), 1990; New Orleans (38th), 1991; (with A. Can) Houston (40th), 1993; Niagara Falls (41st), 1994; (with Can; with Tiefelsdorf) Cincinnati, (42nd), 1995; Washington, DC (43rd), 1996; Buffalo (44th), 1997; Santa Fe (45th), 1998; (with A. Getis; with D. Wong) Montreal (46th), 1999; Chicago (47th), 2000; Charleston (48th), 2001; San Juan, Puerto Rico (49th), 2002 (2); Philadelphia (50th), 2003; Seattle (51st), 2004 (2); Las Vegas (52nd), 2005 (2); Toronto (53rd), 2006 (2); Savannah (54th), 2007
  • American Statistical Association annual meeting: Toronto, 1994; Chicago, 1996; (paper presenter & coexhibitor) Baltimore, 1999
  • Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences: Williamsburg, VA, 1994; Ft. Collins, CO, 1996; Quebec, 1998; Amsterdam, 2000; Melbourne, Australia, 2002; (& TIES) Portland, ME, 2004; Lisbon, Portugal, 2006
  • The Spatial Econometrics Association: Cambridge, 2007
  • The Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health: New Orleans, 2007
  • International Medical Geography Symposium: Ft. Worth, TX, 2005
  • GEOMED 2005: U. of Cambridge
  • Spatial Ecology Workshop, U. of Miami: 2005
  • P20 Exploratory Centers Program Workshop, U. of Miami: 2005
  • TIMS/ORSA annual meeting: Chicago, 1993
  • Sigma Xi Forum & Sigma Xi annual meeting, Minneapolis, 1999 (2)
  • PRSCO: Wellington (& ANZRSA; NZ), 1997; Valdivia (Chile), 2004
  • Canadian Association of Geographers: U. of Western Ontario, 1978; Queen's U., 1991; Waterloo, 1994; Montreal, 1995 (2)
  • Quantitative Methods Study Group, Institute of British Geographers: U. of Sheffield, 1983
  • 10th International Time Series Meeting: Toronto, 1983
  • British Section, Regional Science Association: U. of Leeds, 1983
  • IGU Mathematical Models Working Group: Madrid, Spain, 1986; Canberra, Australia, 1988; Princeton, NJ, 1992.
  • IGU Regional Congress: Brisbane, Australia, 2006
  • Canadian Regional Science Association: McMaster U., 1987
  • European Colloquium on Quantitative & Theoretical Geography: Bardonecchia, Italy, (5th) 1987; Chantilly, France, (6th) 1989
  • European Congress of the Regional Science Association: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (32nd), 1992; Volos, Greece, 2006
  • (with D. Johnson and K. McDade) Rocky Mountain Section of the S.E.G. H., Salt Lake City, 1994
  • East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers: Kent State U., 1971; U. of Pittsburgh, 1973; Edinboro U. of Pennsylvania, 1974; Brock U., 1975; U. of Michigan, 1976; U. of Western Ontario, 1980
  • Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers: Rochester, 1981; Montclair State College, 1982; West Point, 1983; (with F. Csillag; Dave Smith) Syracuse U., 1992 (2)
  • Pittsburgh Modelling and Simulation Conference: U. of Pittsburgh (14th), 1983
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences: Carlow College, Pittsburgh, 1971; Lafayette College, 1972
  • Pennsylvania Council for Geographic Education: Indiana U. of Pennsylvania, 1971
  • Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers: Ryerson Polytechnical U., 1978
  • ISOLDE 81, Skodsborg, Denmark, 1981
  • CLAG, SUNY/Buffalo, 1981
  • "Spatial Distributions and Pattern Analysis" Colloquium: SUNY/Buffalo, 1981
  • International Geographic Information Systems Symposium: The Research Agenda, Crystal City, VA, 1987
  • Western Regional Science Association: San Diego, 1989
  • International Workshop on Spatial Econometrics and Statistics: Rome, 2006 (2)
  • Jean Paelinck Seminar on Spatial Econometrics: Zaragoza, Spain (2nd), 2006
  • American Society of Agronomy annual meeting: (with D. Long, S. DeGloria, G. Carlson, and G. Nielsen) Denver, 1991
  • Northeast Regional Science Association: (with L. Layne and A. Sone) Binghamton, NY, 1996
Book and Computer Software Reviews
  • Technometrics

1988 Statistical Techniques in Geographical Analysis, 30: 348-349.

  •  Geographical Analysis

1993 Statistics for Spatial Data, 25: 271-275.
1986 Spatial Data Analysis by Example, 18: 372-373.

  • Annals, Association of American Geographers

1979 Specification and Estimation Problems in Models of Spatial Dependence, 69: 497-498.
2004 The Geographical Dimensions of Terrorism, 94: 998-1001.

  •  J. of Regional Science

1993 Spatial Tessellations, 33: 564-567.

  •  Environment and Planning

1997 Interactive Spatial Data Analysis, 29A: 747-752 (review essay)
1993 Applications of the Expansion Method, 20B: 370-371.
1983 European Progress in Spatial Analysis, 15A: 135-136.

  •  International J. of Geographical Information Sciences

2004 Spatial Statistics Through Applications, 18: 207-208.

  •  Economic Geography

1989 Spatial Econometrics, 65: 160-162.
1988 Geographical Systems and Systems of Geography, 64: 396-400.

  •  The Professional Geographer

1987 Statistical Methods for Geographers, 39: 244-245.
1982 Spatial Statistics, 34: 231-232.
1980 Spatial Dynamics and Optimal Space-time Development, 32: 488-489.
1986 PC-MATLAB, 38: 427-428.

  •  Geographical Review

1989 Metropolis, 79: 479-481.

  •  Progress in Human Geography

1983 Spatial Processes, 7: 149-150.

  •  Annals of Regional Science

1988 Spatial Cycles, 22 (#2): 119-120.
1983 Spatial Diffusion, 17 (#1): 125-126.
1981 Spatial Systems, 15 (#3): 118-119.
1979 Resources, Tariffs, and Trade: Ontario's State, 13 (#2): 159-161.
1978 Quantitative and Analytical Studies in East-West Economic Relations, 12 (2): 128-130.

  •  J. of Geography

1980 Statistical Concepts in Geography, 79: 273.

  •  The Operational Geographer

1993 RESAMPLE, 11 (3): 39-40.

  •  discovered and documented 2 software bugs in initial MINITAB 11.0 release, 1997
  •  discovered and documented 1 software bug in initial SAS 6.12 release, 1997
  • 2007 Research Center for Biodiversity of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Fushan Botanical Garden Research Center
  • 2005 Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research/Rostock, Germany
  • 1994 Dept. of Geography, SUNY/Buffalo
  • 1993 Association of American Geographers, 89th annual meeting, Atlanta; Dept. of Geography, UC/Santa Barbara
  • 1992 Dept. of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain; CNRS Pour l'Advancement des Recherches sur l'Interaction Spatiale, U. of Paris I (Sorbonne); "Exploratory spatial data analysis" workshop, Dept. of Regional Economics, Free U. of Amsterdam [funded by the European Urban and Regional Spatial Analysis Network]; Interdisciplinary Consortium for Statistical Applications & Dept. of Geography, Indiana U.; Association of American Geographers, 88th annual meeting, San Diego
  • 1991 "Spatial Analysis for GIS," Dept. of Geography, U. of Sheffield [funded by British ESRC]; Dept. of Geography, U. of Ottawa; Cornell Theory Center's National Supercomputer Facility; Statistics Canada (2)
  • 1989 (with Anselin) Association of American Geographers, 85th annual meeting, Baltimore (2); Sixth European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography, Chantilly, France
  • 1978 Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Ryerson Polytechnical U.

News Articles

EPA Taps Researcher for Herbicide Health Study
Dr. Daniel Griffith, professor of geospatial analysis at UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to aid a review of the health effects of atrazine, a herbicide used extensively in farming. Griffith, an Ashbel Smith Professor, is one of 19 scientists asked to serve on the Food Quality Protection Act Science Review Board. The board assists in reviews conducted by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP). “I was surprised,” Griffith said of his selection. “I had done some work with the EPA in the early ’90s through its environmental monitoring and assessment program. … I think it’s a real honor, and it also gives me an opportunity to contribute to the country in a scientific way. I think it gives me something that I‘ll feel satisfied about because I’m making a useful contribution.”
UT Dallas Expert to Edit Leading Geospatial Journal
The editorship of the top journal in spatial analysis and modeling, Geographical Analysis, is moving to UT Dallas. Beginning July 1, Dr. Daniel Griffith will serve a three-year term as the journal’s editor. Griffith is an Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. He will be the first editor in 18 years who is not based at Ohio State University. Griffith was chosen because of his reputation in the area of geospatial analysis, and his appointment is a reflection of the growing strength of UT Dallas’ Geospatial Information Sciences program. UT Dallas GIS Professor Michael Tiefelsdorf will be one of the 32 international scholars on the journal’s editorial board. New clinical assistant GIS professor Yongwan Chun will be Griffith’s editorial assistant.
AAAS Confers Honor on Geospatial Information Expert
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Dr. Daniel Griffith, a UT Dallas professor of geospatial information sciences, as a Fellow. Dr. Daniel Griffith is being honored in part for his contribution to spatial statistics and quantitative geography. Griffith is being honored for his contributions to spatial statistics and quantitative geography, particularly for his work on spatial autocorrelation, spatial filtering and statistical errors, according to the organization. He was named a Fellow in the geology and geography section. Griffith, an Ashbel Smith Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS), said he was pleasantly surprised. This award is across all the sciences, he said. I think its something that is really pleasing because its not subject specific. Its really nice to be recognized outside your discipline as well as within in it. The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization devoted to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. The group also publishes the journal Science.
Geospatial Sciences Program Lands on Map as Center for Excellence
The geospatial information sciences(GIS) program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) has been named a Center for Academic Excellence as part of a new federal initiative to prepare future workers for fields such as homeland and global security and disaster management.
UT Dallas is the only institution in Texas and one of only 17 centers nationwide to be named as a center of excellence by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and U.S. Geologic Survey.
Geospatial Sciences Program Lands on Map as Center for Excellence
The geospatial information sciences(GIS) program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) has been named a Center for Academic Excellence as part of a new federal initiative to prepare future workers for fields such as homeland and global security and disaster management.
UT Dallas is the only institution in Texas and one of only 17 centers nationwide to be named as a center of excellence by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and U.S. Geologic Survey.


M.S. in Applied Statistics
Jonathan Hancock Zhiqiang Zhang
Ph. D. outsider reader/external examiner for
Mark Renee (School of Management, SUNY/Buffalo) Raymond Florax (U. of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands) Sophonie Nshinyabakobeje (Forest Resources Management, SUNY/CES&F) Mariano Duran (Forest Resources Management, SUNY/CES&F) Harold D. Reynolds (Department of Geography, U. of Toronto) Chijien Lin (Faculty of Social Sciences, U. of Joensuu, Finland) Minfeng Deng (Dept. of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash U., Australia) Roberto Patuelli (Dept. of Spatial Economics, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
M. A./Ph. D. Committee member
Barry Glick (Ph. D.) Chi Sham (Ph. D.) Peter Rogerson (Ph. D.) Carl Amrhein (Ph. D.) Gustav Lundberg (Ph. D.) Jose Armando Guevara (Ph. D.) Michael O'Neill (Ph. D.) Robert Andrle (Ph. D.) David Wong (Ph. D.) Susanna McKnight (Ph. D.) Nestor Vega (M. A.) Chi-Jien Lin (Ph. D.) Robine Lewis (Ph. D.) Bin Li (Ph. D.) Irena Vasiliev (Ph. D.) Unryu Suganamu (Ph. D.) Karen Dhanda (Ph. D.) Alberto Giordano (Ph. D.) Rick Annenberg (M. A.) Thomas Whitfield (M. A.) Michael Schramm (M. A.) Brenden McNeil (Ph. D.) Elvin Delgado (Ph. D.) Benjamin Jacob, Ph.D., Epidemiology and Public Health Monqiue Hernandez (Ph. D.) Adriana Troyo, Ph.D., Epidemiology and Public Health Ted Beckstead (Ph.D.)
M.A./Ph. D. supervised
Joseph Schirippa (M. A.) Richard Nicholson (M. A.) Peter Fellows (M. A.) Jonathan Hancock (M. A.) Claire Saint-Rossy (M. A.) Marco Millones (M. A.) Matthew Vincent (M. A) Janis Schubert (Ph.D.) Melissa Rura (Ph.D.) George Madrid (Ph.D.) 1994 Ph.D.: Akio Sone, Institute of Socio-Economic Planning, U. of Tsukuba (Japan) 1995 Ph.D.: M. Feng, Director (Oil and Gas Card Modeling), The Associates, Irving, TX 1998 Ph.D.: Zhiqiang Zhang, Arabesque Communications, Redwood Shores, CA 94065


An Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program in Citizenship Security
$2,910,741 - National Science Foundation [2008–2013]
Modeling spatio-temporal distribution of anopheles in rice ecosystems
$90,461 - National Institutes of Health [2008–2013]
Training workshop in spatial filter modeling for environmental, health and social scientists and applied statisticians
$66,794 - National Science Foundation [2007–2008]
Exploring the social dynamics of accessibility, travel behavior, and physical activity by income/race, age, and gender: An inner-city/suburb comparison in the Detroit region
$643,964 - National Science Foundation [2006–2009]
Vector-borne disease control in urban environments
$1,605,302 - Interdisciplinary Exploratory Centers, National Institutes of Health [2004–2007]