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Department of Geography

Steve PragerSteven D. Prager

Adjunct Associate Professor

PhD Geography, Simon Fraser University, 2002;
MA Geography, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1995;
BS Earth Science, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1992 


Arts and Sciences 309

I recieved my PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in 2002 following nearly seven years of time split between the Puget Sound area and Vancouver, BC. Towards the latter part of this time period I began working, initially as a contractor and then later in a full capacity, for the Advanced Simulation Center, a division of Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support. Though my time at LM put some distance between my degree and my first tenure track position, this was very valuable in that I was able to hone a variety of skills ranging from software engineering to project management. In addition, I was involved in cutting edge research and development which was ultimately a segue into my current GIScience position.

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Research Interests:

Geographic information science, complex network theory and network geographies, spatiotemporal information and dynamic geographic domains, and ecologically sustainable economic development.


GEOG 4200 Introduction to GIS, GEOG 4210 Advanced GIS, GEOG 4220 Spatial Modeling, GEOG 4240 GIScience for Business and Industry

Recent Publications: 

Including peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and edited volumes. 


Spears, W.M. and Prager, S.D., IN PRESS, “Evolutionary search for understanding movement dynamics on mixed networks,” for GeoInformatica.

Prager, S.D., and Barber, J.J., 2012, "Modeling unobserved true position using multiple sources and information semantics," International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26(1):15-37.

Prager, S.D., 2012, “Using the GIS&T Body of Knowledge for curriculum design: different design for different contexts,” in, Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education, (David Unwin, Nick Tate, Ken Foote and David DiBiase, Eds.), Wiley, pp. 63-80.

Gasch, C.*, Enloe, S.F., Collier, T.R., and Prager, S.D., 2011  “A GIS-based method for the analysis of digital Rhizotron root images,” Plant Root 5:69-78. * Student Author

Baker, T.J.*, Miller, S.N., Prager, S.D., Legg, D., 2010, “Effects of data aggregation on understanding the impact of human population density on ecological services,” for Journal of Land Use Science, 5(4):237-257. * Student Author

Prager, S.D. and Plewe, B., 2009, “Assessment and evaluation of GIScience curriculum using the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge,” Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 33(1): S46-S69.

Larson, R., Holmern, T., Prager, S.D., Maliti, H. and Røskaft, E., 2009, “The Extended Quarter Degree Grid Cell system to unify mapping and sharing of biodiversity data,” African Journal of Ecology, Vol. 47, pp. 382-392.

Prager, S.D. and Reiners, W.A., 2009, “Historical and emerging practices in ecological topology,” Ecological Complexity, Vol. 6, pp. 160-171.

Sivanpillai, R., Prager, S.D. and Storey, T.O.* 2009, “Estimating sagebrush cover in semi-arid environments using Landsat data,” International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 11(2):103-107. * Student Author

Barber, J.J. and Prager, S.D., 2008, “Combining multiple maps of line features to infer true position,” Bayesian Analysis, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 625-658.

Prager, S.D., (2008), “Representation and analysis of dynamic geographies using complex networks,” In: Understanding Dynamics of Geographic Domains (Kathleen Hornsby and May Yuan, Eds.), CRC Press, pp. 31-48.

Prager, S.D., Daniels, J.M., Kelley, S.*, 2007, “Sketch-based feature extraction of fluvial benches and terraces in the Laramie Basin, Wyoming,” Transactions in GIS, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 703-719. * Student Author

Prager, S.D., 2007, “Environmental contextualization of uncertainty for moving objects,” Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 303-316.

Prager, S.D. and Pierce, J.T., 2006, “Conditional sustainability,” International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 227-245.

Pierce, J.T., Prager, S.D., and Smith., R. (Eds.), 2000, “The Reshaping of Rural Ecologies, Economies and Communities,” Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.


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