Geography & Environmental Studies

MSC 01 1110
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Bandelier West & East

Phone: (505)277-5041
Fax: (505)277-3614



Bandelier Hall West – Room 222


  • Geographic Information Science (GISc)
  • Spatial/statistical analysis techniques using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Error and uncertainty in spatial data, error propagation modeling
  • GIS applications in health, economics, criminology and spatial ecology
  • Terrain analysis and modeling, LIDAR data, accuracy assessment
  • Water resources modeling, watershed management
  • Community-based mapping using GIS and GPS


Curriculum Vitae


Educational Background
Doctor of Philosophy,1998. Resource Management and Environmental Studies
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Doctoral Dissertation: “Urban watershed assessment: Linking watershed health indicators to management”


Master of Engineering, 1993. Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Master’s Thesis: “Thermophilic ethanol production: immobilization of Bacillus stearothermophilus LLD-16 and performance in an adapted draft tube fluidized bed bio-reactor”


Masters of Development Studies, 1993. International Relations and Renewable Energy Policy
University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
Master’s Thesis: “Energy and environmental policy in Latin America: the case of fuel ethanol in Argentina and Brazil”


Courses Taught
  • Geog 381L – Introduction to GIS
  • Geog 487L/587L – Spatial Analysis and Modeling
  • Geog 488L/588L – GIS Concepts and Techniques
  • Geog 521 – Seminar in GI Science


Selected Publications
Zandbergen, P.A. In Press. Characterizing the error distribution of LIDAR elevation data. International Journal of Remote Sensing.


Zandbergen, P.A. and D.A. Ignizio. 2010. Comparison of dasymetric mapping techniques for small area population estimates. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 37(3): 199-214.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2010. Accuracy considerations in the analysis of depressions in medium resolution lidar DEMs.GIScience and Remote Sensing, 47(2): 187-207.


Zandbergen, P.A., J. Levenson, and T.C. Hart. 2010. Residential proximity to schools and daycares: An empirical analysis of sex offense recidivism. Criminal Justice Behavior, 37(5): 482-502.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2010. Methodologic issues in using land cover data to characterize living environments of geocoded addresses. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(3): A108.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2009. Accuracy of iPhone locations: A comparison of assisted-GPS, WiFi and cellular positioning. Transactions in GIS, 13(s1): 5-25.


Picone, G.A., D.B. Ridley and P.A. Zandbergen. 2009. Distance decreases with differentiation: Strategic agglomeration by retailers. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 27: 463-473.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2009. Geocoding quality and implications for spatial analysis. Geography Compass, 3(2): 647-680.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2009. Methodological issues in determining the relationship between street trees and asthma prevalence. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63(2):174-175.


Zandbergen, P.A. and T.C. Hart. 2009. Geocoding accuracy considerations in determining residency restrictions for sex offenders. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 20(1): 62-90.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2009. Exposure of US Counties to Atlantic Tropical Storms and Hurricanes, 1851-2003. Natural Hazards, 48(1):83-99.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2008. Commentary on Duwe, Donnay, and Tewksbury (2008): “Does residential proximity matter? A geographic analysis of sex offender recidivism” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35(11):1449-1451.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2008. Comments on Boone et al., “Validation of a GIS facilities database: Quantification and implications of error”. Annals of Epidemiology, 18(10):823-824.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2008. Applications of Shuttle Radar Topography Mission elevation data. Geography Compass, 2(5):1404-1431.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2008. Geocoding school and student’s home addresses: Zandbergen responds. Environmental Health Perspectives, 116(8):A330-A331.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2008. A comparison of address point, parcel and street geocoding techniques. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 32(3): 214-232.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2008. Positional accuracy of spatial data: Non-normal distributions and a critique of the National Standard for Spatial Data Accuracy. Transactions in GIS, 12(1): 103-130.


Chakraborty, J. and P.A. Zandbergen. 2007. Children at risk: Measuring racial disparities in potential exposure to air pollution at school and home. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 61:1074-1079.


Zandbergen, P.A. and J.W. Green. 2007. Error and bias in determining exposure potential of children at school locations using proximity-based GIS techniques. Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(9):1363-1370.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2007. Influence of geocoding quality on environmental exposure assessment of children living near high traffic roads. BMC Public Health, 7:37.


Zandbergen, P.A. and T.C. Hart. 2006. Reducing housing options for convicted sex offenders: Investigating the impact of residency restriction laws using GIS. Justice Research and Policy, 8:1-24.


Zandbergen, P.A. and J. Chakraborty. 2006. Improving environmental exposure analysis using cumulative distribution functions and individual geocoding. International Journal of Health Geographics, 5:23.


Zandbergen, P.A. 2006. The effect of cell resolution on depressions in digital elevation models. Applied GIS. 2(1): 04.1-04.35.


Schwab, A. and P. A. Zandbergen. 2005. The influence of roads on the movement patterns of the Florida panther. Papers of the Applied Geography Conference, 28: 227-239.


Reader, S. and P.A. Zandbergen. 2002. A geodemographic analysis of marine recreational fishing on the west coast of Florida. Papers and Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conference, 25: 138-149.


Zandbergen. P.A. and K.J. Hall. 1998. Analysis of the British Columbia Water Quality Index for watershed managers: A case study of two small watersheds. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada. 33(4): 519-549.


Zandbergen, P.A. 1998. Urban watershed ecological risk assessment using a geographic information system: A case-study of the Brunette River Watershed in British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 61: 163-173.


Jennings, P.D. and P.A. Zandbergen. 1996. Jennings and Zandbergen Reply. Academy of Management Review. 21 (4): 917‑918.


Jennings, P.D., and P.A. Zandbergen. 1995. Ecologically sustainable organizations: An institutional approach.Academy of Management Review. 20 (4): 1015-1052.


Administrative Duties
Graduate Program Director
Associate Chair
GIS Coordinator