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Jeff Hamerlinck

Director, WyGISC | Research Scientist, Sr., Department of Geography

Jeff Hamerlinck

Office: Room 335, Agriculture C
Phone: (307) 766-2736


  • PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder, Geography
  • GISP Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute, 2007
  • AICP Certificate, American Institute of Certified Planners, 1998
  • MA, University of Wyoming, Planning, 1992
  • BS, University of North Dakota, Geography, 1988

Research Interests

  • Geographic Information Science - spatial data infrastructures, decision support, and geographic visualization
  • Planning/Resource Management - planning support systems, land use, landscape ecological planning, regional planning

Current Projects

  • Adoption & Use of Information Technology in Rural Local Government Planning
  • Cyberinfrastructure Development for Carbon Capture and Storage Research
  • Framework Data Standard Training Materials and Curriculum Development 

Recent Publications

Lieske, S.N.; S. Mullen; and J.D. Hamerlinck. 2009. Enhancing comprehensive planning with public engagement and planning support integration, in Planning Support Systems: Proven Methodologies and Best Practices, edited by J. Stillwell and S. Geertman (Springer: Berlin).

Hamerlinck, J.D. 2008. Framework data, in Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science, K.K. Kemp, editor. SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA: 151-154

Lieske, S.N., K. Lyons, J.D. Hamerlinck and N. Vock. 2008. GIS-Based Evaluation of Rural Economic Opportunity in Hunchy, Queensland. Proceedings of the Queensland Spatial Conference. 17- 19 July. Surfer's Paradise, Qld., Australia.

Cook, D., R. Coupal, J. Hamerlinck, J. Heerman, D. Hulme, S. Lieske, and D. McLeod. 2008. Impacts of Wyoming Water Development Commission Regional Water System Projects on Land Use: An Analysis of Two Case Studies, Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources Research Project Final Technical Report. University of Wyoming: Laramie, WY. 79 pp.

Lieske, S.N. and J.D. Hamerlinck. 2008. Modeling downtown parking requirements with planning support systems in Sheridan, Wyoming, The Western Planner, 29 (3): 4-7.

Shang, Z. and J.D. Hamerlinck. 2007. Using statistics and spatial data mining to study land cover in Wyoming: Can we predict vegetation types from environmental variables? in ICDM Workshop Proceedings, Seventh IEEE International Conference on Data Mining held in Omaha, NE, October 2007, edited by Anthony K.H. Tung and Qium Zhu. Los Alamitos, California: IEEE Computer Society Press: 661-667.

Oakleaf, J.R., J.D. Hamerlinck, and D.A. Rush. 2005. Integrating GIS for Decision Makers in Wyoming through Internet Services, in Proceedings, GeoTec Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, February 2005. (CD-ROM)

Berelson, W.L., P.A. Caffrey, and J.D. Hamerlinck. 2004. Mapping hydrologic units for the National Watershed Boundary Dataset, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 40(5): 1231-1246.

Hamerlinck, J.D., D.G. Hulme, S.N. Lieske, and M. Randolph. 2004. The Wyoming CommunityViz TM Partnership, Reflections - a publication of the University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station: 28-30.

Berendsen, M.E., J.D. Hamerlinck and L. Wayne. 2003. Framework and strategies for integrating metadata concepts with geographic informaiton science curricula, Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 15(1): 37-46.

Hoobler, B.M., G.F. Vance, J.D. Hamerlinck, L.C. Munn, and J.A. Hayward (2003). Applications of land evaluation and site assessment (LESA) and a geographic information system in East Park county, Wyoming, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 58(2): 105-112.

Hamerlinck, J.D., D. Staley, and D. Winters. 2003. Ecoysystem Delineation and Information Management Framework, Chapter Two, in Winters et al. Conceptual Framework and Protocols for Conducting Broad Scale Aquatic, Riparian and Wetland Ecological Assessments. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region: Golden, CO: 20-35.

Other Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • American Planning Association
  • Association of American Geographers
  • University Consortium of Geographic Information Science
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 

Classes Taught

  • GEOG 2150: Map Use & Analysis (3 cr.)
  • GEOG 5885: Seminar - Spatial Decision Support Systems (3 cr.)
  • GEOG 5885: Seminar - Readings in Geographic Information Science (1-3 cr.)
  • ENR 3900: Land Use Issues in Wyoming and the West (1 cr.)
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1000 E. University Ave.

Agriculture Building C

3rd Floor

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2532


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