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    Robert Gilmore Pontius, Jr. Clark University

    School of Geography

    950 Main Street

    Worcester MA 01610-1477

    United States of America

    PHONE 001 508 793-7761

    FAX 001 508 793-8881

    EMAIL [email protected]


    updated 20 April 2011


    Geographic Information Science (GIS)

    Coupled Human and Natural Systems

    Quantitative Ecological Modeling

    Land Change Science

    Spatial Statistics


    Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science 1994

    State University of New York

    College of Environmental Science and Forestry

    -authored dissertation entitled “Modeling Tropical Land-Use Change and Assessing Policies

    to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Release from Africa”

    Master of Applied Statistics 1989

    The Ohio State University

    Bachelor of Science -- Mathematics, Economics 1984

    University of Pittsburgh

    Cleveland Institute of Art

    Ohio Wesleyan University


    Tenured Associate Professor 2004-present and Assistant Professor 1998-2004

    Clark University

    School of Geography 1998-present

    Department of International Development, Community, and Environment [IDCE] 1998-2010

    -teaches GIS, Land Change, Accuracy Assessment, Quantitative Modeling, Statistics

    -coordinated Masters program in GIS for Development and Environment 1998-2008

    -advises Human Environment Regional Observatory program

    -advises Doctoral, Masters and Bachelors students

    -participates in Environmental Science program

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Associate Scientist 1995-1997

    Tellus Institute & Stockholm Environment Institute

    -analyzed environmental sustainability and conducted GIS-based modeling

    Assistant Professor 1994-1995

    Boston University

    -taught in Department of Geography and Center for Energy & Environmental Studies

    Research Assistant 1992-1994

    State University of New York

    -researched global carbon cycle and land use

    Teaching Associate 1990-1991, 1987-1989

    State University of New York

    -taught Forest Biometrics

    The Ohio State University

    -taught Mathematics

    Statistical Consultant 1990-1994

    State University of New York

    -consulted on numerous projects

    Mathematical Statistician 1989-1990

    United States Department of Agriculture

    -designed area-sampling frames

    Mathematics Teacher 1985-1987

    United States Peace Corps in Tanzania

    -taught Advanced-level Mathematics

    HONORS Invited Keynote Speaker

    National French Geomatics Conference (SAGEO) Toulouse, France 2010

    Southern Forestry and Natural Resources GIS conference in Orlando FL, USA 2008

    Spatial Accuracy conference in Lisbon, Portugal 2006

    American Institute of Biological Sciences Distinguished Scientist Award

    Investigators of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network 2010

    Who’s Who Inductee

    Heritage 2010

    Marquis 2010

    Continental 2009

    Executives and Professionals 2009

    Global 2009

    Strathmore 2009

    Michael Brehney Prize for best paper

    Environment and Planning B 2005

    Zayed International Prize for the Environment

    Authors of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005

    Exceptional Merit

    Clark University 2003, 2005, 2007

    Hodgkins Prize for excellence in scholarship, teaching and service

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    Clark University 2003

    Oliver and Dorothy Hayden Junior Faculty Fellow

    Clark University 2003

    ESRI Scholar

    GIScience Conference 2002

    Technical Communication Award

    Society for Technical Communication 1997

    People's Choice Award Winner

    International Jugglers Association 1996

    Distinguished Teaching Fellow

    State University of New York 1993-1994

    Syracuse University 1991-1992

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Inductee

    The Ohio State University 1989

    Mathematics Summer Fellow

    The Ohio State University 1987


    1. Chen, Hao and Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. 2011. Sensitivity of a land change model to pixel resolution and precision of the independent variable. Environmental Modeling &

    Assessment 16: 37-52.

    2. Gao, Yan, Prashanth Marpu, Imgard Niemeyer, Daniel Runfola, Nick Giner, Thomas Hamill, and Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. 2011. Object-based classification with features extracted

    by a semi-automatic feature extraction algorithm - SEaTH. Geocarto International.

    3. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and Marco Millones. 2011. Death to Kappa: birth of quantity disagreement and allocation disagreement for accuracy assessment. International Journal of

    Remote Sensing.

    4. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore, Smitha Peethambaram, and Jean-Christophe Castella. 2011. Comparison of three maps at multiple resolutions: a case study of land change simulation in

    Cho Don District, Vietnam. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(1): 45-


    5. Chen, Hao and Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. 2010. Diagnostic tools to evaluate a spatial land change projection along a gradient of an explanatory variable. Landscape Ecology 25: 1319-


    6. Manandhar, Ramita, Inakwu O. A. Odeh, and Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. 2010. Analysis of twenty years of categorical land transitions in the Lower Hunter of New South Wales,

    Australia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 135: 336-346.

    7. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and Xiaoxiao Li. 2010. Land transition estimates from erroneous maps. Journal of Land Use Science 5(1): 31-44.

    8. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and Neeti Neeti. 2010. Uncertainty in the difference between maps of future land change scenarios. Sustainability Science 5: 39-50.

    9. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and Silvia Petrova. 2010. Assessing a predictive model of land change using uncertain data. Environmental Modeling & Software 25(3): 299-309.

    10. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and John Connors. 2009. Range of categorical associations for

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    comparison of maps with mixed pixels. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing

    75(8): 963-969.

    11. Alo, Clement and Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. 2008. Identifying systematic land cover transitions using remote sensing and GIS: The fate of forests inside and outside protected

    areas of Southwestern Ghana. Environment and Planning B 35(2): 280-295.

    12. Kuzera, Kristopher and Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr. 2008. Importance of matrix construction for multiple-resolution categorical map comparison. GIS and Remote Sensing

    45(3): 249-274.

    13. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore, Wideke Boersma, Jean-Christophe Castella, Keith Clarke, Ton de Nijs, Charles Dietzel, Zengqiang Duan, Eric Fotsing, Noah Goldstein, Kasper Kok, Eric

    Koomen, Christopher D. Lippitt, William McConnell, Alias Mohd Sood, Bryan Pijanowski,

    Snehal Pithadia, Sean Sweeney, Tran Ngoc Trung, A. Tom Veldkamp, and Peter H. Verburg.

    2008. Comparing the input, output, and validation maps for several models of land change.

    The Annals of Regional Science 42(1): 11-47.

    14. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore, Olufunmilayo Thontteh and Hao Chen. 2008. Components of information for multiple resolution comparison between maps that share a real variable.

    Environmental and Ecological Statistics 15(2): 111-142.

    15. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore, Robert Walker, Robert Yao-Kumah, Eugeino Arima, Stephen Aldrich, Marcellus Caldas and Dante Vergara. 2007. Accuracy assessment for a simulation

    model of Amazonian deforestation. Annals of the Association of American Geographers

    97(4): 677-695.

    16. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and Mang Lung Cheuk. 2006. A generalized cross-tabulation matrix to compare soft-classified maps at multiple resolutions. International Journal of

    Geographical Information Science 20(1): 1-30.

    17. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and Christopher D Lippitt. 2006. Can error explain map differences over time? Cartography and Geographic Information Science 33(2): 159-171.

    18. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore, Anna J Versluis and Nicholas R Malizia. 2006. Visualizing certainty of extrapolations from models of land change. Landscape Ecology 21(7): 1151-


    19. Fedorko, Evan, Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr, Stephen Aldrich, Luc Claessens, Charles Hopkinson Jr and Wilfred Wolheim. 2005. Spatial distribution of land type in regression

    models of pollutant loading. Journal of Spatial Hydrology 5(2): 60-80.

    20. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and Jeffrey Malanson. 2005. Comparison of the structure and accuracy of two land change models. International Journal of Geographical Information

    Science 19(2): 243-265.

    21. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore and Joseph Spencer. 2005. Uncertainty in extrapolations of predictive land change models. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 32: 211-


    22. Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore, Diana Huffaker and Kevin Denman. 2004. Useful techniques of valid