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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Matthew Peters

GIS Technician
359 Main Road
Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 440-537-3837
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Current Research

  • Modeling potential suitable habitat for tree and bird species under climate change
  • Modeling possible distributions of Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) in Ohio and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Pennsylvania
  • Development of a wildfire hazard model among the Wildland-Urban Interface in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
  • Modeling the spread of Emerald Ash Borer in Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota
  • Assessing Forest Site Quality in Ohio from Forest Inventory & Analysis data and an Integrated Moisture Index (IMI)

Research Interests

I plan to continue my current work, but would like to incorporate aspects of water resource management into future projects. I want to use my experience of GIS technologies to explore the possible relationship between climate change and resource management.

Why This Research is Important

As climatic patterns become more variable each year it is important to understand how this will affect plant and animal species. By modeling tree and birds species responses to altered climates we can begin to see how climate influences the landscape.

As the invasive pests like Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Hemlock Wooly Adelgid continues to spread across the eastern United States infesting host trees, it is important to determine areas that are at a greater risk of infestation. A GIS model has allowed us to identify the potential spread of EAB in Ohio.

Education

  • Arizona State University, M.S. Applied Biological Sciences, 2011
  • Ohio University, B.S. GIS Analyst, 2005

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Last updated on : 04/04/2014