Austin R. Troy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont

Johnson House, 617 Main Street

Burlington, VT 05405 USA

phone: (802) 656-8336; fax: (802)656-8683

Email: atroy@uvm.edu

 

Interests: Land use policy and planning, urban environmental planning, Geographic Information Systems, quantitative spatial analysis, land use change analysis, ecosystem service assessment and valuation, natural hazards planning and policy.

 

Educational Background:

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Ph.D. in environmental policy and economics, 2001. Dissertation Title: Natural Hazard Policy and the Land Market: An Assessment of the Effects of the California Natural Hazard Disclosure Law.

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: Master of Forestry, 1995.

Yale University: B.A. 1992; major in anthropology.

 

Primary Academic Appointment:

4/07-present: Associate Professor, University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

8/01-4/07: Assistant Professor, University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Secondary Academic Appointment:

2008-present: Secondary appointment in Computer Science Department, University of Vermont

 

Other Academic Positions:

Sept 2011-present: Director, University of Vermont Transportation Research Center. As Interim Director, I oversee the research team and supervise the business manager and coordinators of the outreach and graduate scholars programs. I also chair the faculty advisory committee, oversee the certificate program and help maintain relationships with external partners.

2010-present: Director, University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab (http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/sal/). As Director, I am responsible for three full time research staff plus a large number of part time staff and student analysts. The SAL is one of seven university centers world-wide selected by the remote sensing software company eCognition as a Center of Excellence. To date the SAL has completed over 70 land cover mapping projects, encompassing 300 individual communities in the United States and Canada as part of the USDA Forest Services Urban Tree Canopy assessment program (http://nrs.fs.fed.us/urban/utc/).  Collectively, the SAL has issued over 40 technical reports and produced over 100 billion pixels of worth of land cover data.

Jan 2010-July 2010: Interim Managing Director, Gund Institute of Ecological Economics (http://www.uvm.edu/giee/).

2002-present: Co-Principal Investigator, Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES). BES is a long-term ecological research project (LTER) of the National Science Foundation; www.beslter.org.

2004-present: Fellow, Gund Institute of Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

7/99-5/01: Doctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

12/98-8/99: Graduate Student Researcher, U.C. Berkeley Institute for Urban and Regional Development.

6/94 - 9/94; Field Researcher, Tropical Resources Institute; based in northern Brazil.

 

Publications

Single authored books (peer reviewed)

A. Troy. 2012. The Very Hungry City. New Haven: Yale University Press. 384 pp.

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters, in review or revisions

B. Voigt and A. Troy. In review. The influence of transportation infrastructure investment on development location choice decisions in a small metropolitan region. Environment and Planning B.

A.Troy, D. Azaria, B. Voigt and A. Sadek. In review. Integrating a traffic router and microsimulator into a land use and travel demand model. Transportation Planning and Technology.

T. Christopher and A. Troy. Accepted with major revisions. A multi-level property hedonic analysis of parks in Baltimore, MD. Landscape and Urban Planning

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Published and in Press

A. Troy, J.M. Grove and J. O’Neil-Dunne. In press. The Relationship between Tree Canopy and Crime Rates across an Urban-Rural Gradient in the Greater Baltimore Region, Landscape and Urban Planning

D. Locke, J.M. Grove, J.W. Lu, A. Troy, J.P. O’Neil-Dunne, and B. Beck. 2011. Prioritizing preferable locations for increasing urban tree canopy in New York City. Cities and the Environment. 3(1) page numbers to be determined.

S. Pickett, M. Cadenasso, J.M. Grove, C.G. Boone, E. Irwin, P. Groffman, S. Kaushal, V. Marshall, B. McGrath, C. Nilon, R. Pouyat, K. Szlavecz, A. Troy, P. Warren. 2011 .Urban ecology systems: Foundations and a decade of progress. Journal of Environmental Management. 92: 331-362.

S. Liu, R. Costanza, A. Troy, J. D’Agostino, and W. Mates. 2010. Valuing New Jersey’s Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital: a Spatially Explicit Benefit Transfer Approach. Environmental Management. 45(6): 1271-1285.

S. Liu, R. Costanza, S. Farber and A. Troy. 2010. Valuing ecosystem services: theory, practice and the need for transdisciplinary synthesis. Proceedings of the New York Academy of Science. 1185:54-78.

B. Voigt, A. Troy, B. Miles, and A. Reiss. 2009. Testing Integrated Land Use and Transportation Modeling Framework for Small Metropolitan Area. Transportation Research Record (Journal of the Transportation Research Board). 2133: 83-91.

W. Zhou and A. Troy. 2009. Development of an object-based framework for classifying and inventorying human-dominated forest ecosystems. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 30(23):6343-6360.

W. Zhou, A. Troy, J.M. Grove and J. Jenkins. 2009. Can money buy green? Demographic and socioeconomic predictors of lawncare expenditure and lawn greenness in urban residential areas. Society and Natural Resources. 22(8):744-760.

W. Zhou, G. Huang, A. Troy, and M. Cadenasso. 2009. Object-based land cover classification of shaded areas in high spatial resolution imagery of urban areas: a comparison study. Remote Sensing of Environment. 113(8):1769-1777.

M. Cadenasso, S. Picket, L. Band, G. Brush, M. Galvin, M. Grove, G. Hager, V. Marshall, B. McGrath, J. O'Neil-Dunne, W. Stack, A. Troy. 2008. Exchanges across land-water-scape boundaries in urban systems: Strategies for reducing nitrate pollution. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1134 (1): 213-232.

B. Voigt and A. Troy. 2008. Ecological models: Land use modelling. In Sven Jorgensen and Brian Fath (eds.), Encyclopedia of Ecology. Elsevier Science. Pp. 2126-2132

A. Troy and J.M. Grove. 2008. Property Values, parks, and crime: a hedonic analysis in Baltimore, MD. Landscape and Urban Planning. 87:233-245.

W. Zhou, and A. Troy. 2008. An Object-oriented Approach for analyzing and characterizing urban landscape at the parcel level. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 29 (11):3119-3135.

W. Zhou, A. Troy and J.M Grove. 2008. Modeling residential lawn fertilization practices: Integrating high resolution remote sensing with socioeconomic data. Environmental Management. 41(5):742-752

A. Troy. 2008. Geodemographic segmentation. In: Shenkar, S. and Xiong, H. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Geographical Information Science. New York: Springer-Verlag. Pp.347-355.

W. Zhou, A. Troy, and J.M Grove. 2008. Object-based land cover classification and change analysis in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area using multi-temporal high resolution remote sensing data. Sensors. 8: 1613-1636.

A. Troy, J.M. Grove, J. O'Neil-Dunne, M. Cadenasso, and S. Pickett. 2007. Predicting opportunities for greening and patterns of vegetation on private urban lands. Environmental Management. 40(3): 394-412.

A. Troy. 2007. The evolution of watershed management in the United States. In: J.Erickson (ed.), Sustainable Watershed Management in Theory and Practice. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers.

K. Mulder, A. Troy, and R. Boumans. 2007. The role of built, human, social, and natural capital in determining land values, and the influence of demographics upon this relationship. Spatial Economic Analysis. 2(2):135-156.

A. Troy and R. Kennedy, editors. 2007. Living on the Edge: Economic, Institutional and Management Perspectives on Wildfire Hazard in the Urban Interface. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers. Peer-reviewed contributed chapters include:

A. Troy. 2007. A tale of two policies: California programs that unintentionally promote development in wildland fire hazard zones. In: A. Troy and R. Kennedy (eds.), Living on the Edge: Economic, Institutional and Management Perspectives on Wildfire Hazard in the Urban Interface. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers. Pp. 127-142

A. Troy and J. Romm. 2007. The effects of wildfire disclosure and occurrence on property markets in California. In: A. Troy and R. Kennedy (eds.), Living on the Edge: Economic, Institutional and Management Perspectives on Wildfire Hazard in the Urban Interface. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers. Pp.101-120.

D. Ganz, A. Troy and D. Saah. 2007. Community involvement in wildfire hazard mitigation and management: Community Based Fire Management, Fire Safe Councils and Community Wildfire Protection Plans. In: A. Troy and R. Kennedy (eds.), Living on the Edge: Economic, Institutional and Management Perspectives on Wildfire Hazard in the Urban Interface. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers. Pp.143-164.

A. Troy and M. Wilson. 2006. Mapping ecosystem services values: Practical challenges and opportunities in bridging GIS and value transfer. Ecological Economics 60: 435-449.

B. Littenberg, K. Strauss, C. MacLean and A. Troy. 2006. The use of insulin declines as patients live farther from their sources of care: Results of a survey of adults with type 2 diabetes. BMC Public Health. 6:198 (8 pages).

K. Strauss, C. MacLean, A. Troy, and B. Littenberg. 2006. Driving distance as a barrier to glycemic control in diabetes. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 21(4):378-380.

W. Zhou, S. Wan, Z. Zhou, and A. Troy. 2006. Mapping the concentrations of total suspended matter in Lake Taihu, China, using Landsat-5 TM data. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 27(6):1177-1191.

J. M. Grove, A. Troy, J. O'Neil-Dunne, S. Pickett and M. Cadenasso. 2006. Multi-dimensional characteristics of urban households and its implications for the vegetative structure of urban ecosystems. Ecosystems. 9(4): 578-597.

A. Troy and J. Romm. 2006. An Assessment of the California Natural Hazard Disclosure Law. Berkeley, CA: California Policy Research Center. 62 pp.

S. Farber, R. Costanza, D. Childers, J. Erickson, K. Gross, M. Grove, C. Hopkinson, J. Kahn, S. Pincetl, A. Troy, P. Warren and M. Wilson. 2006. Linking ecology and economics for ecosystem management: A services-based approach with illustrations from LTER sites. Bioscience. 56(2): 121-134.

Grove, J.M., M. Cadenasso, W.R. Burch, Jr., S.T.A. Pickett, J. P. M. O'Neil-Dunne, K. Schwarz, M. Wilson, A. Troy and C. Boone. 2006. Data and methods comparing social structure and vegetation structure of urban neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland. Society & Natural Resources. 19(2): 117-136.

A. Troy, A. Strong, T. Donovan, S. Bosworth, N. Buckley, and M.L. Wilson. 2005. Farmer attitudes towards bird-friendly hayfield management practices. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 33(2):528-538.

A. Troy and J. Romm. 2004. The Role of Disclosure in the flood zone: Assessing the price effects of the California Natural Hazard Disclosure Law (AB 1195). Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 47(1): 137-162.

M. Wilson, A. Troy, and R. Costanza. 2004. The Geography of ecosystem services: Maximizing the value of landscapes in land use conservation. In: M. Dietrich and J. van der Straaten (eds). Cultural Landscapes. Dordrecth, Netherlands:  Kluwer Academic Publishers. Pp: 69-94.

J. Radke, T. Cova, M. Sheridan, A. Troy, M. Lan, R. Johnson. 2000. Application challenges for GI science: Implications for research, education, and policy for risk assessment, emergency preparedness and response. Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. 12(2): 15-30.

A. Troy, P.M. Ashton and B. Larson. 1997. A protocol for measuring abundance and size of a neotropical liana, Desmoncus polyacanthos (Palmae), in relation to forest structure. Economic Botany 51(4):339-346.

 

Peer Reviewed Technical Reports

A. Troy, B. Voigt and G. Johnson. 2012. Mapping the Off-site benefits from Protected Areas’ Ecosystem Services. A report for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

A. Troy and K. Bagstad. 2009. Estimating Ecosystem Services in Southern Ontario. A report for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/LUEPS/2ColumnSubPage/279467.html)

A. Troy, D. Wang, D. Capen, J. O'Neil-Dunne and S. MacFadden. 2007. Updating the Lake Champlain Basin Land Use Data to Improve Prediction of Phosphorous Loading. Lake Champlain Basin Program. Technical Report #54. 121 pp.

R. Costanza, M. Wilson, A. Troy, A. Voinov, S. Liu, and J. D'Agostino. 2006. The Value of New Jersey 's Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital: Part II, Ecosystem Services. For the New Jersey Department of Environmental Projection. 177 pp.

 

Popular/Non-Peer Reviewed Publications:

Individual authorship

A. Troy. 2012. Thirsty City. In Places Magazine. 1.23.12. http://places.designobserver.com/feature/the-very-hungry-city/32058/

A. Troy. 2011. Will Energy Efficiency be the New Competitive Advantage for Cities. European Financial Review. 12/14/2011. http://www.europeanfinancialreview.com/?p=4394

A. Troy and R. Kennedy. 2007. Introduction: Finding solutions to the urban-wildland interface problem in a changing world. In: A. Troy and R. Kennedy (eds.), Living on the Edge: Economic, Institutional and Management Perspectives on Wildfire Hazard in the Urban Interface. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers.

A. Troy and W. Zhou. 2007. Creating a parcel level database from high resolution imagery. American Planning Association InfoText (the quarterly newsletter of the Information Technology Division of the APA). Fall 2006: Issue 87.

Keeton, W.S. and A. Troy.  2006.  Balancing ecological and economic objectives while managing for late-successional forest structure. Pages 21-33 In: L. Zahoyska, (ed.)  Ecologisation of Economy as a Key Prerequisite for Sustainable Development.  Proceedings of the International Conference, Sept. 22 -23, 2005, Ukrainian National Forestry University, Lviv, Ukraine.

A. Troy. 2002. An assessment of the effects of fire disclosure under the California Natural Hazard Disclosure Law. In: The Proceedings of the California 2001 Wildfire Conference. University of California, Davis Extension. Pp.252-262.

A. Troy. 1999. The Property Value Effects of Siting a Natural Gas Power Plant: A Summary of Relevant Studies. California Energy Commission Report.

M. Wilson and A. Troy. 2005. Accounting for ecosystem services in a spatially explicit format: Value transfer and geographic information systems" In: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Benefits Transfer and Valuation Databases, R. Iovanna (ed.). U.S. EPA, Washington DC.

 

Contribution to Reports with Corporate Authorship

Ecological Economic Evaluation: Maury Island, King County, Washington. 2004. For the King County Dept. Of Natural Resources and Parks. Available at http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/watersheds/puget/maury-eco-evaluation.htm

Losing Ground: At What Cost? 2003. Massachusetts Audubon Society. Chapter 6. Available at: http://www.massaudubon.org/advocacy/news.php?id=19&type=news#download

 

Research Grants

Currently Funded Research Grants:

University of Vermont Transportation Center. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2007-2012. $371,747 (in direct funds). Integrated Land-Use, Transportation and Environmental Modeling: Complex Systems Approaches and Advanced Policy Applications.

USGS. A Troy, Principal Investigator. BLM-USGS 2011-2012. Ecosystem Services Valuation Pilot. $76,730.

USDA Forest Service cooperative agreement. A Troy, Principal Investigator. 2010-2012. $25,000. Ecological Mapping in Social Transition Zones.

USDA Forest Service cooperative agreement. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 20011-2012. $25,000. Assessment of the relationships among social groups, land management, and vegetation structure and processes in urban and urbanizing areas

McIntire-Stennis Research Grant. A Troy, Principal Investigator. 2009-2011. $67,937. Predicting Exurban Land Use Change, Forest Fragmentation and Functional Connectivity in Vermont at Multiple Spatial Scales

NSF EPSCoR, A Troy, Co-Investigator (J. Van Houton Lead-PI), 2011-2016. $20,000,000. Adaptation to Climate Change in the Lake Champlain Basin.

 

Completed Research Grants:

National Science Foundation Human Social Dimensions Program. A. Troy, Principal Investigator of UVM subaward (Cross-Institution Project PI: Christopher Boone, Arizona State University). $161,332 (subaward amount). A Longitudinal Analysis of the Social Dynamics of Environmental Equity in Baltimore.

Northeastern States Research Cooperative. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2006-2009. $69,931. Functional Classification of Land Use across the Urban-Rural Gradient to Support Watershed Planning in the Northern Forest.

Northeastern States Research Cooperative. A. Troy, Principal Investigator.2008-2010. $75,497. Analysis of the drivers of urban growth and second home development in the Northern Forest Region of Vermont .

US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2006-2009. $250,500. Dynamic Transportation and Land Use Modeling.

Lincoln University. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2007-2009. $34,633. Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Agriculture.

National Science Foundation Biocomplexity and the Environment Program. A. Troy, Principal Investigator of UVM subaward (Cross-Institution Project PI: Steward Pickett, Institute for Ecosystem Studies). 2005-2007. $161,000 (subaward amount). Feedbacks between Complex Ecological and Social Models: Urban Landscape Structure, Nitrogen Flux, Vegetation Management, and Adoption of Design Scenarios.

USDA Forest Service cooperative agreement. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2006-2008. $80,000. Application of the Forest Stewardship Program's Spatial Analysis Project to Urban Areas Integrated with the Forest Opportunity Spectrum.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. A. Troy, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Robert Costanza). 2006-2007. $800,000. Ecosystem Services: Dynamics, Modeling and Valuation to Facilitate Conservation.

Lake Champlain Basin Program. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2005-2006. $63,000. Update of Lake Champlain Basin Land Use Data and Nonpoint Source Phosphorus Loading Analysis.

USDA McIntire-Stennis Program A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2004-2007. $71,500. Development of an Object-oriented Framework for Classifying and Inventorying Human-dominated Forest Ecosystems.

USDA Forest Service cooperative agreement. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2005-2006: $22,000. GIS Tools for Applying the Forest Opportunity Spectrum (FOS) Framework for Urban & Community Forestry.

State of New Jersey. A. Troy, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Robert Costanza). 2004-2005. $160,000. Valuing New Jersey's Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services.

Vermont Forum on Sprawl. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2005-2006. $6,920. Assessing Trends in Urban Growth and Residential Density in Vermont using Geographic Information Systems.

Northeastern States Research Cooperative. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2003-2005. $34,376. Development of Functional Ecological Indicators of Suburban Sprawl for the Northeastern Forest Landscape.

USDA National Research Initiative (NRI) Program. A. Troy, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Allan Strong). 2003-2006. $300,000. Hayfields as Sustainable Habitat for Grassland Bird Populations: Ecological and Economic Impacts of Bird-friendly Hay.

USDA Forest Service cooperative agreement. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2004-2006: $20,500. An Analysis of Housing Markets and the Environment in Baltimore, MD.

USDA Forest Service cooperative agreement. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2003-2006. $18,000. Typology of Urban and Community Forests and Green Space for Watershed 263 and Baltimore City.

USDA Forest Service cooperative agreement. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2003-2006. $10,000. Spatial Analysis of Urban Ecological and Social Data for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study.

US EPA Watershed Classification Program. A. Troy, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Mary Watzin). $664,000. Linking Land Use Change, Stream Geomorphology, and Aquatic Biodiversity in a Hierarchical Classification Scheme.

Northeastern States Research Cooperative. A. Troy, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Therese Donovan). 2002-2004. $186,500. Land Use Change in Northern Forests: Assessments and Recommendations for Conserving Biodiversity.

Northeastern States Research Cooperative. A. Troy, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Mary Watzin). 2002-2004. $200,000. Linking Land Use Change, Stream Geomorphology, and Aquatic Integrity in Changing Forested Landscapes.

USDA McIntire-Stennis Research Grant. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2002-2005. $39,000. A Model for Simulating Forest Fragmentation Due to Suburban Development in Vermont.

USDA Forest Service. A. Troy, Principal Investigator. 2002. $4,500. Summer Data Collection Mini-Project for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study.

Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Research Grant. A. Troy, Principal Investigator (PI: Cecilia Danks). 2002-2003. $5,000. Economic and Institutional Feasibility of the Vermont Forest Ecosystem Management Demonstration Project.

USDA CSREES-IFAFS (Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems ) Research Grant. A. Troy, Co-Principal Investigator (Allan Strong, PI). 2001-2003. $100,000. Hayfields as Sustainable Habitat for Grassland Bird Populations: Ecological and Economic Impacts of Bird-friendly Hay.

California Policy Research Center Grant. A. Troy, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Jeff Romm). 1999-2000. $35,000. An Assessment of the California Natural Hazard Disclosure Law.

 

Teaching and Advising:

08/01-present: Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, University of Vermont;

Courses taught:

Ecosystem Management: designed all new modular curriculum for this required junior level course.

GIS Analysis of New York City's Ecology: designed and co-taught studio and field course in which graduate and undergraduate students used Geographic Information Systems to help New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation prioritize where to plant trees as part of the city's Million Trees campaign. Included a four day trip to New York City; taught once.

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems: designed and taught accelerated introductory course on GIS for graduate students, including original lab materials and web content (www.uvm.edu/envnr/gradgis ); taught six times

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: introductory course in GIS for undergraduates; designed web-based lectures and labs and paperless assignment management system (www.uvm.edu/~nr143); taught eight times.

Integrating GIS and Statistics (formerly Advanced Spatial Methods): lab-based course on advanced integration of GIS and statistics; designed original, web-based lab materials. (www.uvm.edu/envnr/gradgis/advanced); taught four times.

Land Use Economics and Policy: designed and taught graduate seminar on the policy and economics of urban and suburban land use (www.uvm.edu/~atroy/landuse); taught four times

Land Use Planning Tools; graduate course in land use planning; taught once.

Transitioning from Arc View Software to Arc GIS; taught once.

Race and Culture in Natural Resources Seminar: served as section leader; taught twice.

Graduate students currently under advisement:. Dale Azaria (MS), Brad Lanute (MS), Holli Howard

Graduate students graduated: Treg Christopher (PhD), Brian Voigt (PhD), Ken Bagstad (PhD), Weiqi Zhou (PhD), Molly Michaud (MS), John D'Agostino (MS), Katrin Moffroid (MS), Ashley Lidman (MS), Alexandra Reiss (MS).

Honors: Nominated for UVM Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006.

 

06/00-5/01: Instructor, University of California, Berkeley Extension; designed and taught evening extension course on GIS for working professionals.

5/98- 12/98: Research Specialist and Instructor, U.C. Berkeley Geographic Information Science Center; designed and taught several GIS courses.

8/97- 5/98: Graduate Student Instructor, U.C. Berkeley; worked as teaching assistant for Introductory Environmental Biology in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and for the undergraduate Environmental Science major's senior thesis project course.

9/94-12/94: Teaching Assistant, Yale University Department of Biology; worked as teaching assistant for Introductory Biology.

 

Presentations and Meetings

Conference Presentations and Posters

Troy. August 2011. What Denmark did right: An assessment of the determinants of successful bicycle culture and infrastructure. Ecocities Conference. 

Troy. August 2011. The water-energy connection in Western American Cities.. Ecocities Conference. 

Troy and K. Bagstad. December 2010. Estimating Ecosystem Service Values in Southern Ontario. A Conference on Ecosystem Services, Phoenix, AZ

Troy and M. Grove. Relationships between Vegetation and Crime in the Baltimore Metro Region. Baltimore Ecosystem Study Annual Meeting, Baltimore County, MD

Troy and M. Grove. June 2008. The interactive effect of parks and crime on property values in Baltimore, MD. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Burlington, VT.

Troy and M Grove. October 2007. The interactive effect of parks and crime on property values in Baltimore, MD. Baltimore Ecosystem Study Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Troy , M. Grove, J. O'Neil-Dunne, M. Cadenasso and S.T.A. Picket. April 2007. Predicting opportunities for greening and vegetation patterns on urban private land. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Troy. July 2005. Valuation of urban vegetation in Baltimore, MD. US Society of Ecological Economics Conference, Tacoma, WA.

Troy. July 2004. A nonstationary approach to ecosystem service valuation: the importance of spatial dependence in urban amenity valuation. International Society of Ecological Economics Biennial Conference, Montreal, QC.

Troy. July 2004. The economics of urban green space: treating natural capital as a productive asset. Sustainable Communities Conference, Burlington, VT.

Troy. Oct 2003. A Methodology for Assessing Spatial Non-stationarity in Ecosystem Service Values. Baltimore Ecosystem Study Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Troy. Sept. 2003. A Methodology for Assessing Spatial Non-stationarity in Ecosystem Service Values. Poster. NSF Long Term Ecological Research Network Conference, Seattle, WA.

Troy and J.M. Grove. May 2003. An ecological economic framework for characterization of social and economic patches. US. Society for Ecological Economics Conference.

Troy and J. Romm. June 2002. The Role of Disclosure in the Flood Zone. Conference paper presented at the Second World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Troy and J. Romm. October 2001. An Assessment of the Effects of Fire Disclosure Under the California Natural Hazard Disclosure Law. 2001 California Wildfire Conference.

Troy. Feb. 2001. The Effects of Natural Hazard Disclosure Policies on California Property Markets. Conference paper, presented to the Western Regional Science Association (received honorable mention as one of top five submissions).

Troy. Nov. 2000. The Effects of Natural Hazard Disclosure Policies on California Property Markets. Conference paper, presented to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference.

Troy. June 2000. Assessing the Effects of Natural Hazard Disclosure on Property Markets Using a Spatial Hedonic Analysis. Conference paper, presented to the University Consortium on GIS Summer Assembly (one of top five finalists for best paper).

Troy, M. Lan, and D. Ganz. June 1999. A Fire Risk Mitigation Model for Strawberry Canyon using GIS and FARSITE. Conference poster presented to the University Consortium on GIS Summer Assembly (first prize winner).

 

Invited Sponsored Workshops:

Understanding, Valuing, and Managing Dynamic Ecosystem Services under Stress: Synthesizing across the LTER Network. At the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Two one week workshops, Santa Barbara, CA, June, 2004 and June 2005. Travel grant included.

Ecological Complexity and Ecosystem Services: Opportunities for China-US Collaboration. Organized through Arizona State University and sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Two week funded workshop in China, May-June 2004. Participated in pre-planning workshop in Tempe, AZ in April 2003. Helped organize symposium for reciprocal visit of Chinese delegation to US at UVM in October 2005.

Initiating an Open Source\Content Landcover Modeling Effort Sponsors: NSF Biocomplexity Program, USDA Forest Service Northeastern Research Station,
Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER, Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER, and Boston College. Boston, MA, August 2003. Travel grant included.

Analysis of Urban Land Markets and the Impact of Land Market Regulation. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. July 2002. Travel grant included.

 

Invited Presentations:

Seeing the Pattern for the Pixels: Extracting Meaning from Massive Spatial Data Sets. TEDx Talk, University of Vermont, October 2011.

Challenges and opportunities for using ecosystem service valuation in protected areas management. Invited Webinar presentation to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, March 2010

Results of an ecosystem services valuation for southern Ontario. Invited presentation to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Toronto, ON, June 2009.

Integrating water quality into the planning process using a land use simulation model. Presented to EPSCoR Water Workshop, Burlington, VT. November 2008.

One amazing classroom: a UVM course works to make New York greener. (with Morgan Grove and Dan Erickson). New York City. UVM Alumni Association meeting. November 2008.

Developing an integrated land use, transportation, and environmental quality simulation model for Chittenden County.  Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Annual Meeting. October 2008.

Implementing an integrated land use-transportatoin-environmental quality simulation model for Chittenden County. UVM Department of Computer Science Seminar Series. October 2008.

Modeling Land Use Change in Chittenden County, VT using UrbanSim (with Brian Voigt). Planners' Lunch for the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization. September 2007.

Integrating Ecosystem Service Valuation and Simulation Modeling for Environmental Management Decision Support. Presentation to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Peterborough, Canada. September 2007.

Using Next Generation Decision Support Tools for Growth Planning in La Plata County. Presentation to meeting of local and county government in Durango, CO. July 2007.

Modeling Land Use Change in Chittenden County, VT. Land Use Modeling Workshop sponsored by Vermont Agency of Transportation. August 2006.

Spatial Dynamics of Urban Vegetation Baltimore, MD. Ecological Complexity and Ecosystem Services: Opportunities for China-US Collaboration; 2nd international workshop. Burlington, VT. October 2005.

State of the Lake Workshop. Lake Champlain Basin Program. Participated in invited panel. Plattsburg, NY. March 2005.

Land Use Change Analysis in Vermont. Lake Champlain Basin Program meeting on land use and land cover mapping. Burlington, VT. October, 2004.

Projects of the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab. Northeastern Forest Resource Planners Association meeting. Burlington, VT. September, 2004.

Quantifying Spatial Variability in the Valuation of Urban Environmental Amenities. Ecological Complexity and Ecosystem Services: Opportunities for China-US Collaboration;1st international workshop. Beijing, China. May 2004.

Analyzing Spatial Nonstationarity in Multivariate Relationships with Geographically Weighted Regression. UVM Math and Statistics Department. March 2004.

New GIS Technologies for Forestry: From the Micro to the Macro. Invited presentation at Society of American Foresters Green Mountain Division Winter Meeting. Montpelier, VT. January 2003.

Comments on N. Edward Coulson and Robin M. Leichenko's paper, Historic Preservation and Neighborhood Change. Presented at invited workshop entitled Analysis of Urban Land Markets and the Impact of Land Market Regulation. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Cambridge, MA. July 2002.

 

Professional and Consulting Experience:

12/99- present: Principal and Co-Founder, Spatial Informatics Group (SIG), San Leandro, CA; provided integrated scientific, economic and GIS consulting for clients in environmental management and planning. Performed work for: Ontario, Canada Ministry of Natural Resources, Northern Economics Inc., Herrera Environmental Consultants, California Office of the US Bureau of Land Management*, US Bureau of Indian Affairs,* Booz Allan Hamilton Consultants, San Jose Water Company, CH2M Hill Consultants, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency*, SRA Consultants, King County Washington*, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Balance Hydrologics, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), TSS Consultants, SAFE Solutions, and Terrell Watt Planners/Environment Now. Strategic partnerships formed with Northern Economics, Inc. and Hererra Environmental Inc. Formed consortium of three firms called Ecovaluation Group. * Refers to clients worked for as subcontractor through a primary contractor..

9/99-12/99, 10/01-2/02: Consultant, California Energy Commission, Sacramento,CA; conducted and critiqued economic research on the effects of power plants on property values.

11/95- 8/97: Project Director, The Liana Project/ Rainforest Action Network, San Fracisco/Brazil; co-directed alternative forest products marketing project in Brazil in concert with Brazilian ministry of the environment (IBAMA).

6/95 - 9/95: Forestry Research Assistant, Mistik Management Ltd., Saskatchewan, Canada; conducted field research as part of a long-term forest management plan for 2 million hectares of boreal forest in northwestern Saskatchewan.

 

Fellowships and Scholarships:

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. 1999-2000.

Environmental Science, Policy and Management Departmental Assistantship, Fall 1998.

Environmental Science, Policy and Management Departmental Fellowship, 1997-98.

Foreign Language Area Scholarship at U.C. Berkeley, 1996-97.

Gilman Ordway Scholarship, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 1994-95.

 

Service

Governmental Service

City of Burlington Planning Commission (appointed), 6/2002 to 8/2006. Vice Chair 10/2005 to 8/2006.

Chair, City of Burlington Long Range Planning Committee, 8/2004-8/2006.

 

Service to the Univeristy

Committee member, Rubenstein School Faculty Standards Committee, 2010-present

Committee member, University of Vermont Faculty Senate Educational and Research Technologies Committee. 2009-2010.

Board of Advisors, University of Vermont Transportation Research Center. 2007-present.

Coordinator: Environment, Society and Public Affairs graduate program at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. June 2007-December 2009.

Rubenstein School Graduate Standards Committee. August 2006-present (Chair August 2008-December 2008).

Committee member, UVM Clinical and Translation Science Award Transcollegial Committee

Chair, University of Vermont Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee. Term: May 2002-2005.

University of Vermont Faculty Senate Executive Council. Sept. 2004-Aug 2005.

University of Vermont Board of Trustees Diversity Committee. Sept. 2004- Aug 2005.

Ad hoc committee to create a new proposed non-thesis, professional-track master's program for the School of Natural Resources entitled Masters in Environmental Leadership. 2001-2002.

Ad hoc committee on the SNR graduate student integration requirement. 2002-present.

Ad hoc committee on the redesign of planning and policy course curriculum for SNR. 2002-present.

Chair of ad hoc committee to create new GIS curriculum for SNR. 2002-present.

Search committee for new faculty member in Economics of Sustainability. 2002.

Campus-wide working group to coordinate GIS education, research and support. 2003-present.

 

Service to the Profession:

Member, Lake Champlain Basin Program Technical Advisory Committee, October 2004-Sept 2007.

One of two faculty organizers of a two-day symposium at UVM in October 2005: Ecological Complexity and Ecosystem Services: Opportunities for China-US Collaboration. This was the core symposium for the reciprocal visit of a Chinese Academy of Sciences delegation to the United States following my participation in an NSF delegation to China the year before. Duties included working with conference services to organize space, meals and events, soliciting guest speakers and planning the schedule.

Co-PI, Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Long-Term Ecological Research Program of the National Science Foundation.

Co-editor of contributed volume on wildfire and urban sprawl for Elsevier Sciences Publishers (see Publications. above).

 

Publication Reviewer:

Environmental and Resource Economics (journal)

Environmental Management (journal)

Journal of Environmental Management

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Landscape Ecology (journal)

Ecological Economics (journal)

Textbook reviewer for Houghton Mifflin

Chapter reviewer for edited volume for Cambridge University Press

Grant Reviewer:

National Science Foundation

 

Other: 

Teaching grants:

University of Vermont Center for Teaching and Learning Kroepsch-Maurice Instructional Incentive Grant (PI). $3,400. Creation of a New Web Architecture for Teaching Geographic Information Systems. Used to create course website for Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, including paperless assignment management system. Accessible at www.uvm.edu/~nr143.

Languages: Portuguese (advanced), Spanish (advanced-intermediate), French (intermediate).