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Jake Nelson
Assistant Professor

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Office: 2046G Haley

Phone: (334) 844-3418


Ph.D. Public Administration and Policy, Arizona State University
M.S. Geography, Oregon State University
B.S. Environmental Science, Oregon State University

Professional Employment

Assistant Professor, Auburn University
2021 - Present
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
2019 - 2021

Research and Teaching Interests

I am a geographic information scientist focusing on social and environmental outcomes of humans’ interaction with the built and natural environment. I am specifically focused on social and environmental vulnerability as it relates to exogenous shocks that are either anthropogenically or naturally induced. I approach these phenomena through a spatial lens, emphasizing the use of geospatial and statistical techniques and relying on unmanned aerial vehicles as a primary data collection tool.

Selected Publications

  1. Nelson, J.R., Grubesic, T.H., Miller, J., Chamberlain, A., (2021) The Equity of Tree Distribution in the Most Ruthlessly Hot City in the United States: Phoenix, Arizona. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
  2. Nelson, J.R., Grubesic, T.H., (2020) The Use of LiDAR versus Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to Assess Rooftop Solar Energy Potential. Sustainable Cities and Society.
  3. Grubesic, T., Nelson, J.R., (2020) Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for Urban Spatial Analysis: An Introduction. Switzerland: Springer Nature.
  4. Nelson, J.R., Gorichanaz, T., (2019) Trust as an ethical value in emerging technology governance: the case of drone regulation. Technology in Society,

Last updated: 09/13/2021