Daniel Griffith

Daniel Griffith

Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Systems
Editor, Geographical Analysis
 
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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

Publications

Geographic sampling of urban soils for contaminant mapping: how many samples and from where, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, forthcoming 2008 - Publication
Spatial filtering-based contributions to a critique of geographically weighted regression (GWR), Environment & Planning A, forthcoming. 2008 - Publication
(with B. Berry and M. Tiefelsdord) From spatial analysis to geospatial science, Geographical Analysis, forthcoming. 2008 - Publication
(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
(with M. Tiefelsdorf) Semi-parametric filtering of spatial autocorrelation: the eigenvector approach, Environment & Planning A, 39: 1193-1221. 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
(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
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

Appointments

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

Projects

Free U. of Amsterdam, Exploratory spatial data analysis
1992–1992 Department of Regional Economics, (European Urban and Regional Spatial Analysis Network funded workshop)
Institut de Mathematiques Economiques
1992–1992 26th Annual Colloquium, Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
Groupe de Contact F.N.R.S. en Geographie Theoretique et Quantitative
1992–1992 Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Remote sensing and GIS research cluster
1992–1992 Department of Geography, U. of Sheffield, (NATO Scientific Affairs funded workshop)
Capital District ArcInfo User's Group
1992–1992 New York State Museum, Albany

Additional Information

AWARDS, HONORS, AND PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONS

Awards

  • 2010 AAG Distinguish Research Honors recipient
  • 2009 elected fellow of the Regional Science Association International (featured in Richardson Neighborsgo, 12/4/2009)
  • 2006 Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Indiana U. of Pennsylvania
  • 2005 Fulbright Senior Specialist (with invitation to the U. of Alberta, CA)
  • 2005 visiting researcher, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research/Rostock (Germany)
  • 2005 (1st) Center for Ecosystems Science and Policy (CESP) fellow, U. of Miami
  • 2004 Leverhulme Trust (UK) visiting professorship to the U. of Cambridge
  • 2001 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (http://www.gf.org/01fellow.html)
  • 1999 distinguished geographer of the year, Pennsylvania Geographical Society
  • 1998/9 ASA/USDA-NASS Research Fellow
  • 1997 "Second Prize, Best Software 1996" for , from Microcomputer Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
  • 1994 "First Prize, Best Software 1993" for , from Microcomputer Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
  • 1992/93 Fulbright Research Fellow to Canada
  • 1980 J. Warren Nystrom doctoral dissertation award, Assn. of American Geographers
  • 1972-76 U. of Toronto Open Fellowship
  • 1971/summer Foreign Area Research Grant through Indiana U. of Pennsylvania
  • 1967-70 PHEAA Scholarship
  • 1966-70 Hempfield Council PTA Scholarship
  • Honors & Recognitions
    • 2007 elected founding fellow of the Spatial Econometrics Association
    • 2007 listed in 61st edition of Marquis Who's Who in America (1st listed in 1994)
    • 2007 listed in 25th Silver Anniversary edition of Marquis Who's Who in the World (1st listed in 2002)
    • 2004 elected a visiting fellow, Fitzwilliam College, U. of Cambridge
    • 2000 elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences
    • 1996/97 president, North American Regional Science Council
    • 1996 inducted into Sigma Xi (Syracuse Chapter)
    • 1995 (1st) Department of Geography outstanding alumnus, U. of Toronto
    • 1994 elected to the New York Academy of Sciences
    • 1994 listed in 4th edition of American Men and Women of Science
    • 1993/94 listed an "International Man of the Year" in the International Biographical Centre's 16th edition of Men of Achievement
    • 1993, 1998 listed in 23rd & 27th Dictionary of International Biography
    • 1993 listed in 4th edition of Who's Who in American Education.
    • 1992 listed in 24th edition of Who's Who in the East.
    • 1991 special guest of the Institute of British Geographers, by request of the Quantitative Methods Study Group, for the annual meeting.
    • 1982 outstanding alumnus of Indiana U. of Pennsylvania
    • 1972 inducted into Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education.
    • 1969/70 elected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
    • 1969 inducted into Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honorary Geography Society.
  • Professional Recognitions
    • 2007-10 editorial board (Associate Editor), Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences
    • 2004-present editorial board, Journal of Geographical Systems
    • 2002-present Associate Editor, Geographical Analysis
    • 2000-present Article Review Board member, URISA J.
    • 2007 invited participant, "Science without boundaries," Institute Para Limes, The Netherlands
    • 2006 invited panelist, Association of American Geographers special session entitled "Status and trends in spatial statistics in geography," in honor of Honorary Geographer J. Keith Ord
    • 2006 review panelist, Small Business Innovation Research, National Science Foundation
    • 2005 (with M. Fischer) Regional Science Association dissertation competition judging
    • 2005 review panelist, special joint Divisions of Mathematical and Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences competition, National Science Foundation
    • 2001-2003 AAG Article Award Committee member
    • 2001 invited workshop evaluator, ESRI's "geostatistical analyst"
    • 2001 invited nominator, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program
    • 2000-2002 review panelist, "Methods, Measurement & Statistics," National Science Foundation
    • 2000-2002 Scientific Advisory Board member, 5th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in a Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
    • 2000 review panelist, "NSF/EPA Environmental Statistics," National Science Foundation
    • 2000 prolific regional science literature author [International Regional Science Review, 23: pp.323-344.
    • 1998 review panelist, GEOID Networks of Centers of Excellence proposal, NSERC (Canada)
    • 1998 invited workshop participant, "Status and trends in spatial analysis (the Varenius project)" of the National Science Foundation National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Santa Barbara, California.
    • 1997 invited lecturer, "Spatial Genomics Workshop" convened by the NSF National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Castine, Maine.
    • 1996-97 Scientific Advisory Board member, 3rd International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
    • 1991 human geography citation centurion [Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, 1116: 26-27
    • 1991 review panelist, "Geosciences, Geography and Mathematical Sciences," National Science Foundation, May.
    • 1991 invited lecturer, "Initiative #7 experts meeting" of the National Science Foundation National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Castine, Maine.
    • July 1989 1988 National Science Foundation project selected for inclusion in an NSF funded 2-weeks National Center for Supercomputing Applications Education Workshop, U. of Illinois/ Champaign-Urbana.
    • 1988 invited lecturer, "Initiative #1 experts meeting" of the National Science Foundation National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, UCSB.
    • 1985, 1987 recipient, Experienced Faculty Travel Award, New York State/UUP
    • 1985-87 editorial board member, Annals, Association of American Geographers.
    • 1982-90 editorial board member, Geographical Analysis (3 terms).
    • 1983-86 member, NATO Scientific Affairs Division Advisory Board.
  • Societal Research Recognitions
    • Flight #93 memorial design assessment quoted in The Tribune-Review, Thursday, July 20, 2006; Flight 93 memorial design critique for the National Parks Service, 2007 (with citations in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Johnstown Tribune-Democrat)
    • Syracuse pediatric lead poisoning project featured in The Post-Standard, Monday, December 2, 2002, front page & p. 4.
    • quoted in The Post Standard about counting crowds (Friday, November 23, 2001, pp. C1, C3)
    • Syracuse pediatric lead poisoning project included in Congressional briefing on GIS, January
    • Syracuse pediatric lead poisoning project maps included in the 1997-1998 Consolidated Plan for the City of Syracuse submitted to HUD, June
    • Syracuse pediatric lead poisoning project poster invited for displayed during the "Reuniting the Family Conference," Nottingham High School, November
    • Syracuse, NY, pediatric blood lead study featured in the Syracuse Record, the SU Alumni News, and the Syracuse Herald-J. (August 30, 1996), Syracuse University Magazine (Vol. 13, #1, Fall 1996, pp. 38-39)
Computer Software Design
  • Spatial autocorrelation simulation game; review in The Professional Geographer, 39 (1987), 234-235; described in the AAG Microcomputer Specialty Group newsletter, February, 1989.
  • Simulating central place structures; review in The Professional Geographer, 42 (1990), 246-247 & Mathematical Review; described in the AAG Microcomputer Specialty Group newsletter, October, 1990.
  • "Spatial regression analysis on the PC: spatial statistics using MINITAB," Discussion Paper #1, Institute of Mathematical Geography, 1989; review in The Professional Geographer, 42 (1990), 499-500; described in the AAG Microcomputer Specialty Group newsletter, February, 1991.
  • Spatial regression analysis on the PC: spatial statistics using SAS, described in the AAG Microcomputer Specialty Group newsletter, February, 1992.
  • EXPLORHO Version 2.0.
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
     

News Articles

EPA Taps Researcher for Herbicide Health Study
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
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
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
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.

Affiliations

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
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)

Funding

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]