Rutherford Platt

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

Platt's research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and focuses on modeling wildfire hazard and land use change in the western United States. Platt has published in journals such as Forest Ecology and Management, Environment and Planning, and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

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Land use and cover change, wildfire hazard, forest ecology and management in the western U.S.

Expertise: Geographic information systems, spatial modeling and statistics, remote sensing, interaction of environmental and social systems

Education: Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder; B.A., Bowdoin College

Recent Work:

He was awarded a National Science Foundation grant as a co-PI for a project, "Fire Risk and Ecological Integrity in the Wildland Urban Interface of the Colorado Front Range." His doctoral research was funded by an Environmental Protection Agency STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellowship.

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