University of Colorado at Boulder

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Seth Spielman

Urban Geography, Medical Geography, Spatial Statistics, GIScience

Associate Professor of Geography 

Human Geography | GIScience
Affiliate of IBS
303-492-4877 Gugg 103C  
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2008

Research Interests

I am a human geographer and Geographic Information Scientist. My research uses new forms of data and innovative computational tools to study micro-scale variations in behavior, health, and well-being within American cities. I’m currently an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder where I direct of the spatial sciences node of the NSF-Census Research Network. My work has recently been profiled in Science and other outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at Colorado I was the Associate Director of the S4 Initiative at Brown University. In 2008 I completed a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Geographic Information Science at the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis in the Geography Department at State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1999-2006 I was at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, first as a masters student and later as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist. Once upon a time I was the owner of an antiquarian bookshop in the Flatiron Building in New York City. I’m also a dad, a fisherman, a bird-watcher, a really good snowboarder, and a bike commuter.

Selected Publications

Spielman, S.E. and Yoo, E-H. (2009). The Spatial Dimensions of Neighborhood Effects. Social Science and Medicine, 68(6).

Erdemir, E. T., Batta R., Spielman S. E., Rogerson P., et. al. (2008). Optimization of aeromedical base locations in New Mexico. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40(3) .

Spielman, S.E. and Thill, J.C. (2008). Social Area Analysis, Data Mining, and GIS. Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, 32(2) .

Spielman, S. E. (2006). Appropriate use of the K-function in Urban Environments (Letter). American Journal of Public Health, 96(2).

Spielman, S.E., Golembeski, C.A., Northridge, M.E., et al. (2006). Interdisciplinary Planning for Healthier Communities: Findings from the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative. Journal of the American Planning Association, 72(1). .

Labs & Facilities

KESDA Ken Erickson Spatial Data Analysis Lab

KESDA Lab is an instructional computer lab with advanced software and hardware used to teach technique (skills) courses in geography.

Meridian Lab

The Meridian Lab is directed by Professor Barbara P. Buttenfield and pursues research to develop and evaluate new software tools for Geographic Information Science. These software tools support...

Recent Courses Include

Spring 2017  GEOG 5161-002 (3) Research Design in Human Geography

Fall 2016  GEOG 4173 (3) Research Seminar

Graduate Students

spatial analysis, human environment
Spatial statistics, computing, demography, land use
remote sensing; GIS; programming
Urban Geography, Spatial Demography, Hazards/Vulnerability, Geocomputation
M.A. Alumni
Geodemographic Analysis of Community Vulnerability and Hurricane Sandy