Dr. Daniel Scott Miller Runfola
William and Mary
424 Scotland Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: 508 - 316 - 9109
Research Lab: www.geoquery.org
2017 - present
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Science, William and Mary
2014 - present
Senior Geospatial Scientist, AidData, William and Mary
Clark University Graduate School of Geography
Primary Advisors: Dr. Colin Polsky and Dr. Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr.
Dissertation Title: Human-Environment Interactions across Space and Time
Bachelor of Arts
Georgia State University Department of Geosciences
Summa Cum Laude; Research Honors
Past Professional Activities
2017 - 2018
2012 - 2014
2010 - 2015
Inaugural Director, Data Science Program, William and Mary
Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Center for Atmospheric Research, CU:Boulder
Senior Analyst, The Cadmus Group
Research Grants & Other Funding
- Green Climate Fund, Developing Geospatial Information Systems for Evaluations. 2018-2019. PI: Dan Runfola. Total: $100,294.
- Millenium Challenge Corporation, High-Frequency Monitoring Data of Land Use Changes. 2018 - 2020. PIs: Dan Runfola and Ariel BenYishay. Total: $398,477.
- United States Agency for International Development, Operations Innovations, Neural-network Based Approaches to Spatial Estimation of State Fragility. 2018-2020. PIs: Dan Runfola and Ariel BenYishay. Total: $499,592. Subcontract for approx ~$79,822 to Development Gateway.
- Global Environment Facility. 2018. Geospatial Impact Evaluation in the Context of GEF Projects - On-site. PI: Dan Runfola. $35,263.
- Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research, The Medical Foundation, Evaluating the Impact of International Aid on Ecological Processes by Integrating Computational and Experimental Methods. 2018-2019. PI: Dan Runfola. Total: $100,000.
- United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Food Security, Developing satellite-based poverty and agricultural yield estimates for multiple African and Asian countries. 2017 - 2019. PIs: Dan Runfola and Ariel BenYishay. Total $1,746,352. Subcontract for approx ~$1,518,000 to Stanford University.
- Commonwealth Center for Energy and the Environment. 2017 - 2018. Working Group on the Impact of International Aid on the Environment. PI: Dan Runfola. Co-I: Robert Rose, Matthias Leu, Peter Kemper. Total $10,000.
- Global Environment Facility. 2016 - 2017. Spatially Heterogeneous Impacts of GEF projects. PI: Dan Runfola. Total $162,241.
- World Bank Independent Evaluation Group. 2015 - 2017. PI: Dan Runfola. Co-I: Ariel BenYishay. Value for Money Approach for Projects Impacting Tropical Forests. Total $49,626.
- International Growth Center. 2016 - 2017. The Socio-Economic Impacts of Natural Resource Concessions in Liberia. PIs: Brad Parks, Dan Runfola. Total: $93,170. Subcontract for approx ~15,000 to University of Texas (PI: Jonas Bunte).
- KFW Development Bank. 2015. Demarcado De Areas Indígenas (geospatial impact evaluation for the demarcation of indigenous areas). PIs: Ariel BenYishay, Dan Runfola. Total: $47,521
- MacArthur Foundation. 2015-2016. Evaluating the impact of Chinese development finance and assistance in ecological hotspots over 2 years. PIs: Brad Parks, Ariel BenYishay. Co-I: Dan Runfola. Total: $199,573.
Peer-Reviewed Academic Publications (* indicates with William and Mary student co-author)
- *Goodman, S., BenYishay, A., Lv, Z., Runfola, D., 2019. GeoQuery: Integrating HPC systems and public web-based geospatial data tools. Computers and Geosciences.
- *Marty, R., Goodman, S., LeFew, M., Dolan, C., BenYishay, A., Runfola, D. 2018. Assessing the Causal Impact of Chinese Aid on Vegetative Land Cover in Burundi and Rwanda Under Conditions of Spatial Imprecision. Development Engineering.
- Buchanan, G., Parks, B., Donald, P., O’Donnel, B., Runfola, D., Swaddle, J., Tracewski, L., Butchart, S. 2018. The Local Impacts of World Bank Development Projects Near Sites of Conservation Significance. Journal of Environment and Development.
- Bunte, J., Desai, H., Gbala, K., Parks, B., Runfola, D.M., 2018. Natural resource sector FDI, government policy, and economic growth: Quasi-experimental evidence from Liberia. World Development. Volume 107. pg 151-162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.02.034.
- Hughes, S., Cormier, B., Runfola, D.M., 2018. Issue Proximity and Policy Response in Local Governments. Review of Policy Research.
- Hollander, J., Polsky, C., Zinder, CD., Runfola, D., 2018. Shrinking Suburbs in a Time of Crisis. In: The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs, Hanlon, B., Vincino, T., eds. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
- BenYishay, A., Heuser, S., Runfola, D.M., Trichler, R. 2017. Indigenous land rights and deforestation: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2017.07.008
- *Zhao, J., Kemper, P., Runfola, D., 2017. Quantifying Heterogeneous Causal Treatment Effects in World Bank Development Finance Projects. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (ECML PKDD). http://ecmlpkdd2017.ijs.si/papers/paperID507.pdf
- *Zhao, J., Runfola, D., Kemper, P. 2017. Simulation Study in Quantifying Heterogeneous Causal Effects. WSC Proceedings. Available online at: http://informs-sim.org/wsc17papers/.
- *Runfola, D., Ariel BenYishay, Jeffery Tanner, Graeme Buchanan, Jyoteshwar Nagol, Matthias Leu, Seth Goodman, Rachel Trichler and Robert Marty. 2017. A Top-Down Approach to Estimating Spatially Heterogeneous Impacts of Development Aid on Vegetative Carbon Sequestration. Sustainability 9(3), 409. doi:10.3390/su9030409. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/9/3/409 .
- Runfola, D.M., Samuel Ratick, Julie Blue, Eia Axnia Machado, Nupur Hiremath, Nick Giner, Kathleen White (USACE), Jeffrey Arnold (USACE), 2017. “A Multi-Criteria Geographic Information Systems Approach for the Measurement of Vulnerability to Climate Change.” Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.
- *Marty, R., Dolan, C., Leu, M., Runfola, D. 2017. Taking the Health Aid Debate to the Sub-National Level: The Impact and Allocation of Foreign Health Aid in Malawi. BMJ Global Health. DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000129.
- Nawrotzki, R. J., Runfola, D. M., Hunter, L. M., and Riosmena, F. 2016. Domestic and international climate migration from rural Mexico. Human Ecology 44(6), 687-699. DOI: 10.1007/s10745-016-9859-0
- Leyk, S., Runfola, D.M., Riosmena, F. ,Hunter, L. and Nawrotzki, R., “Internal and International Mobility as Adaptation to Climatic Variability in Contemporary Mexico: Evidence from the Integration of Census and Satellite Data.” 2016. Population, Space and Place.
- *Runfola, D.M., Napier, A., 2016. “Migration, climate, and international aid: examining evidence of satellite, aid, and micro-census data.” Migration and Development.
- Kevin Robert Gurney, Paty Romero-Lankao, Karen C. Seto, Lucy R. Hutyra, Riley Duren, Christopher Kennedy, Nancy B. Grimm, James R. Ehleringer, Peter Marcotullio, Sarah Hughes, Stephanie Pincetl, Mikhail V. Chester, Daniel M. Runfola, Johannes J. Feddema, Joshua Sperling. 2015. “Climate change: Track urban emissions on a human scale.” 2015. Nature. 525, 179-181. doi:10.1038/525179a
- Nawrotzki, R. J., Hunter, L. M., Runfola, D. M., Riosmena, F. (2015). Climate change as migration driver from rural and urban Mexico. Environmental Research Letters 10(11), 114023. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114023.
- Nawrotzki, R. J., Riosmena, F., Hunter, L. M., Runfola, D. M. (2015). Undocumented migration in response to climate change. International Journal of Population Studies 1(1), 60-74. DOI: 10.18063/IJPS.2015.01.004.
- Nawrotzki, R. J., Riosmena, F., Hunter, L. M., & Runfola, D. M, 2015. Amplification or suppression: Social networks and the climate change – migration association in rural Mexico. Global Environmental Change 35, 463-474. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.09.002
- Runfola, D.M., Romero-Lankao, P., Leiwen, J., Hunter, L., Nawrotzki, R., and Sanchez, L., 2015. “The Influence of Migration on Exposure to Extreme Weather Events: A Case Study in Mexico.” 2015, Society and Natural Resources.
- P. Romero-Lankao, K. Gurney , K. Seto, M. Chester , R. Duren , S. Hughes , L. Hutyra, P. Marcotulio , L. Baker , C. Kennedy , E. Larson , S. Pincetl , D. Runfola , L. Sanchez Peña , G. Shrestha , A. Sarzynski , N. Grimm , J. Sperling , E. Stokes., 2014. Towards a more integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas and the carbon cycle, Earth’s Future, 2(10). 515-532. *Translated into Chinese Journal for Urban and Regional Planning, 2015.
- Runfola, D.M., Hughes, S., 2014. “What makes green cities unique? Examining the economic and political characteristics of grey and green cities.” Land, 3(1), 131-147; doi:10.3390/land3010131.
- Marcotullio, Peter J., Sara Hughes, Andrea Sarzynski, Stephanie Pincetl, Landy Sanchez Peña, Patricia Romero‐Lankao, Daniel Runfola, and Karen C. Seto, 2014. "Urbanization and the carbon cycle: Contributions from social science." Earth's Future.
- Giner, N.M., Polsky, C., Pontius, Jr., R.G., Runfola, D.M., Ratick, S., 2014. “Creating spatially-explicit lawn maps without classifying remotely-sensed imagery: The case of suburban Boston, Massachusetts, USA.” Cities and the Environment (CATE), 7(1), 10.
- Runfola, D.M. (Contributing Author), 2014. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report 5, Working Group 2 - Chapter 26. North America.
- Patricia Romero-Lankao, Kevin Gurney, Karen Seto, Mikhail Chester, Riley M. Duren, Sara Hughes, Lucy R. Hutyra, Peter Marcotullio, Larry Baker, Nancy B. Grimm, Chris Kennedy, Elisabeth Larson, Stephanie Pincetl, Dan Runfola, Landy Sanchez, Gyami Shrestha, Johannes Feddema, Andrea Sarzynski, Joshua Sperling, and Eleanor Stokes, 2014. “A critical knowledge pathway to low-carbon, sustainable futures: integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas and carbon.” Earth’s Future.
- Runfola, D.M., Pontius Jr., R.G., 2013. "Quantifying the temporal instability of land change transitions." International Journal of GIS, 27(9), 1696-1716.
- Runfola, D.M., Polsky, C., Giner, N., Pontius Jr., R.G., Nicolson, C., 2013. "Future Suburban Development and the Environmental Implications of Lawns: A Case Study in New England, USA" In: Modeling of Land-Use and Ecological Dynamics: Cities and Nature, D. Czamanski, I. Benenson, and D. Malkinson, eds. Springer: New York. pp. 119-141.
- Runfola, D.M., Polsky, C., Nicolson, C., Giner, N., Pontius Jr., R.G., Krahe, J., Decatur, A., 2013. "A Growing Concern? Examining the Influence of Lawn Size on Residential Water Use in Suburban Boston, MA, USA" Landscape and Urban Planning, 119, 112-123.
- *Runfola, D.M., Hamill, T., Pontius, R.G., Rogan, J., Polsky, C., Albert, D., Ratick, S., 2014. “Exploring hybrid remote sensing and interpolative approaches for rapidly mapping discrete units of interest.” International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research.
- Giner, N.M., Polsky, C., Pontius Jr., R.G., and Runfola, D.M., 2013. "Understanding the determinants of lawn landscapes: A fine-resolution spatial statistical analysis in suburban Boston, Massachusetts, USA." Landscape and Urban Planning, 111, 25-33.
- Islam, N., Kitazawar, D., Runfola, D.M., Giner, N., 2012. "Urban Lakes in a Developing Nation: Drivers, States, and Impacts of Water Quality and Quantity in Dhaka, Bangladesh." Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management. 17(4): 253-263.
- Gao, Y., Marpu, P., Niemeyer, I., Runfola, D.M., Giner, N., Hamill, T., Pontius, G.R. Jr., 2011. "Object-based classification with features extracted by a semi-automatic feature extraction algorithm - SEaTH." Geocarto International, 26 (3).
- Rogan, J., Bumbarger, N., Kulakowski, D., Christman, Z., Runfola, D.M., Blanchard, S., 2011. "Improving forest type discrimination with mixed lifeform classes using fuzzy classification thresholds informed by field observations." Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 36 (6).
- Griffin, S., Rogan, J., Runfola, D.M., 2011. "Application of Spectral and Environmental Variables to Map the Kissimmee Prairie Ecosystem using Classification Trees." GIScience & Remote Sensing, 48(3).
- Fortier, J., Rogan, J., Woodcock, C., Runfola, D.M., 2011. "Utilizing temporally invariant calibration sites to classify multiple dates of satellite imagery." Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 77 (2): p.181.
- Runfola, D.M., and Katherine B. Hankins. 2010. "Urban dereliction as environmental injustice." ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 9(3): 345-367
Computer Software (* indicates with William and Mary student co-author)
- *Goodman, S., BenYishay, A., Runfola, D., 2017. GeoQuery: Dynamic High Performance Computation for the Retrieval of Arbitrary Spatial Data. Summary Available online at http://www.geoquery.org/. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.28363.59686
- *Marty, R., Goodman, S., LeFew, M., BenYishay, A., Runfola, D. 2016. GeoSIMEX: A R Package for Estimating Parameters in Linear Models incorporating Spatial Imprecision. https://github.com/itpir/geoSIMEX
- Runfola, D., Lv, Miranda, BenYishay, A., 2017. GeoMatch: A R Package for Propensity-Score Matching in Conditions of Intervention Spillover. https://github.com/itpir/geoMatch
Datasets and Reports (* indicates paper with William and Mary student co-author)
- *Batra, G., Anand, A., Goodman, S., BenYishay, A., Nyoteshwar, J., Runfola, D., 2017. A Value for Money Analysis of GEF Interventions in Land Degradation and Biodiversity, http://www.gefieo.org/evaluations/value-money-analysis-gef-interventions-land-degradation-and-biodiversity
- Runfola, D.M., BenYishay, A., Buchanan, G., Nagol, J., Tanner, J., Environmental Impact of World Bank Projects: A Case Study of Integrating Value for Money Analysis into Impact Evaluations. What Works? Value for Money in Impact Evaluations. Independent Evaluation Group, the World Bank.
- Polsky, C., Pontius, R., Giner, N., Decatur, A., Runfola, D.M., and Rakshit, R., Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Landcover, 2013. Marine Biological Laboratory. Available Online: http://pie-lter.ecosystems.mbl.edu/content/holmes-land-cover
- Polsky, C., Pontius, R., Giner, N., Decatur, A., Runfola, D.M., and Rakshit, R., “HERO Object-based lawn mapping exploration of suburbia: rationale, methods and results for the NSF Plum Island Ecosystems Long-term Ecological Research Site.”
Courses designed and taught at William and Mary:
Applied Machine Learning (APSC 691)
Data Driven Decisionmaking (DATA 201/301 [COLL 200])
Computational Geography (APSC 691)
Breaking Intuition: How Data is Changing Our World (DATA 100 [COLL 100])
Courses taught at other institutions:
Decision Methods for Environmental Management and Policy (GEOG 261), Clark University
Seminar in College Teaching, Worcester State University (Fall 2011)
Workshop on Undergraduate Mentoring, Clark University (Summer 2010)
Student Advising at William and Mary
- Data Science Program Advisor
- Pre-major Advisor - Ishan Deb, Zack H’Doubler, Andrew McGrady, John Svoboda, Prateek Govindaraj
Self-designed major advisor
Mollie Gaines, Lauren Hobbs, Noah Kim, Emma Lather, Hyun-Jik Lee, Graham Melville, Elizabeth Rosen, Campbell Scheuerman, Mallika Suri, Daniel Tay, Jennifer Traver, Audrey Way, Hemasree Yeluru, Rebecca Youngerman
Undergraduate RAs*, Monroe Scholars**, and Honors Thesis***
- 2018 - Oberman, R. **, Gaines, M. **, Ava Chafin*, Allison Bowers*, Grace Grimsley*, Juliana Mitchell*, Ryan Muro*, Samantha Wooley*, Samuel Patecell*, Rebecca Youngerman***, Heather Baier*, Graham Melville*, Josh Panganiban*, Campbell Scheuerman*, John Napoli*, Lauren Hobbs***
- 2017 - Heather Baier*, Evan King*, Allison Bowers*, Rebecca Youngerman*, Oberman, R. **, LeFew, M. *, Seitz, L.*
- 2016 - Dykstra, B.*, LeFew, M.***, Dempsey, H.*** , Kovacevic, L.*, Ivan Echevarria 2016*
- 2015 - Teague, M.*, Ebert, C.*, Atan, J.*, Martin, S.*, Dempsey, H.*, Sevier, L.*, Marty, R. ***
- Ph.D. Advising (at William and Mary unless otherwise noted)
- Goodman, S. (Applied Science, Ph.D.). Ph.D. Advisor. High Performance Computation - Applications to Spatial Information.
- Committee Member / Secondary Advisor
- Zhao, J. (CS, Ph.D.). Ph.D. Committee Member. Quantifying Heterogeneous Causal Effects using Spatial Data and Causal Tree approaches.
- Nawrotzki, R. (Sociology; CU:Boulder). Ph.D. Committee Member, 2012-2014, Internal and International migration as climate change adaptation strategies in rural Mexico: a historical analysis using propensity score matching.
- Other (Dissertation Proposal Defense Committees, Academic Progress Committees):
- 2017 - Weld, C., Trujillo, V., Kallurkar, P.
- Masters Advising at William and May
- Marty, R. (MPP; 2016). Spatial Uncertainty in International Aid Allocation.
- Lefew, M. (Operations Research; 2015-2017). Spatial Uncertainty: Bayesian Approaches
- Garryyeva, L. (MPP; 2017). P-score matching in spatial contexts.
- Wiipongwii, T. (MPP; 2016). Spatially-explicit impact evaluation.
Institutional (William and Mary) and Extramural Service
Journals & Books: Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management, Environmental Management, Landscape and Urban Planning, International Journal of GIS, Remote Sensing of Environment, Remote Sensing, Mitigation and Adaptation, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Elsevier Global Books, Geoscience, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Development Engineering, Nature Sustainability, PLoS One, Land Degradation & Development, Climatic Change
Grant Competitions: National Science Foundation (Geography and Spatial Sciences), Department of Homeland Security (BTI Center of Excellence), United States Agency for International Development
Service at the College of William and Mary
- Applied Science Admission and Recruiting Committee, William and Mary, 2017-present
- Applied Science Academic Progress Committee, William and Mary, 2018 - present
- Applied Science Curriculum Committee, William and Mary, 2018 - present
- Inaugural Director, Data Science Program, William and Mary, 2017 - 2018
- Senior Geospatial Scientist, AidData, William and Mary, 2014 - Present
- First Year Experience, William and Mary, Academic Life Presentation, Fall 2017.
- Admissions Office, William and Mary, Introduction to Data Science for Guides, Mentors, and TAs, Fall 2017.
- Center for Geospatial Analysis Lecturer Search Committee, William and Mary - CGA, 2017
- Data Science Lecturer Search Committee, William and Mary - Applied Science, 2017
- Data Analyst Search Committee, William and Mary - AidData, 2016
- Geospatial Analyst Search Committee, William and Mary - AidData, 2016
- Geospatial Scientist Search Committee, William and Mary - AidData, 2015
- Center for Geospatial Analysis Director Search Committee, William and Mary, 2015
- Ad Hoc Committee for Engineering, Design, and Innovation (Data Science Program Precursor), William and Mary, 2015-2016
Awards, Honors, and Press Coverage
- Brookings, 2018. “A quiet revolution in impact evaluation at USAID.” https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2018/10/08/a-quiet-revolution-in-impact-evaluation-at-usaid/
- The Washington Post, Svrluga, S., 2015. “Here’s how broke college students are helping Nepal recover from disaster.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/05/07/heres-how-broke-college-students-are-helping-nepal-recover-from-disaster/
- Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, Brickley, I., 2015. “W&M Students, AidData Crowdsource Maps for Nepal Relief Efforts.”
- Presidential Management Fellow, Finalist, Office of Budget and Management, 2014.
- Best Paper in Image Analysis and Interpretation, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (Boeing Award), American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2012 ($1000)
- NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award*, 2012.
- HERO Fellowship Award*, Human-Environment Regional Observatory, 2009-2012.
- Pruser Dissertation Award*, Clark University, 2010.
- Global Land Project Fellow, Advanced Institute in Ecosystem Services Valuation and Modeling, 2010 (Travel to Hokkaido University, Japan)
- Graduate Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation, Honorable Mention, 2010 (Terragrid Access)
- 1st Place, Glenda Laws Paper Competition, Association of American Geographers Urban Geography Specialty Group, 2008 ($50)
- 1st place, Thomas Mettille Student Achievement Award, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (Georgia Chapter), 2008 ($500)
- Cartography Award, Georgia State University Department of Geosciences, 2008
- Outstanding Geography Senior Award, National Council for Geographic Education, 2008
- Dean's Scholarship Key, Georgia State University, Fall 2006, 2007
- Faculty Scholar, Georgia State University, 2005 – 2008
- College of Arts and Sciences Honor’s Society Member, Georgia State University, 2004 – 2008
- Faculty Scholarship Award, Georgia State University, Spring 2006
- Wired, Putsch, C., 2014. “Dr. Watson - Man and Machine in the Fight Against Tuberculosis.” https://www.wired.de/collection/latest/dr-watson-mensch-und-maschine-im-kampf-gegen-die-epidemie
- Daily Press, Bozick, T., 2014. “Data -- including open government data -- could fuel innovation in Hampton Roads.” http://www.dailypress.com/business/dp-nws-evg-open-data-20141227-story.html#page=1
- Boston Globe, Hartnett, K., 2013. “Green lawns in Ipswich: Enjoy them while you can.” http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/brainiac/2013/08/green_lawns_in.html
- USA Today, Nasser, H.E., 2011. "Housing occupancy declines, but rentals up in some spots." http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2011-07-26-ZIP-codes-home-occupancy-rentals-housing_n.htm
- Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Hollander, J., Polsky, C., Zinder, D., Runfola, D.M., 2011. "The New American Ghost Towns.", Land Lines, April: p. 2-7.
- Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights Specialty Group Newsletter, Runfola, D.M., 2008, "It's Not Just Trash." April: p. 2-3.
Select Invited Events & Lectures
- Geospatial Impact Evaluation for International Aid, Norges Milijø-og Biovitenskapelige Universitet, Norway, Spring 2018.
- Commonwealth Data Analytics in the Humanities Summit, Office of the Governor of Virginia, Winter 2016.
- Roundtable on International Climate Resilience Efforts, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Winter 2014.
- Casinos, Nukes and Statistics: Modernizing Aid Effectiveness, Frontiers in Development, U.S. Agency for International Development, Summer 2014.
- Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate, US-Africa Leaders Summit, National Academy of Sciences, Summer 2014.
- The Influence of Urban Migration on Exposure to Extreme Weather Events: Opportunities and Challenges in Mexico. The Hamburg Conference: Actions for Climate Induced Migration, Climate Services Center, Hamburg, Germany, Summer 2013.
- Urban Land Change Modeling: Using GEOMOD to Project Water Consumption & Suburban Drought in Metropolitan Boston, USA. Technion Institute, Israel, Fall 2012.
- Land Change Modeling Methods: calibration, validation, extrapolation, and interpretation. Hokkaido University, Japan, Summer 2010.
- Runfola, D., Using Convolutional Neural Networks to Estimate the Locations of Non-Permissive Environments based on Sub-meter Satellite Imagery.” USAID. Fall 2018.
- Runfola, D., Baatra, G., Goodman, S., BenYishay, A., Trichler, R., Rottberg, R., Kemper, P., Zhao, J. Recursive Partitioning to identify Heterogeneous Causal Impacts of Environmental Development Projects. Global Environmental Facility. Fall 2017.
- Runfola, D. Honors Symposium Keynote Speaker, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Spring 2017. *
- Runfola, D., Goodman, S., Lv, M., Practical Spatial Data Analysis for Everyone: Introducing GeoQuery. World Bank, Fall 2017.
- Runfola, D., Learning as a Global Community: The Potential of Spatial Data in Development. Geospatial Day, World Bank, Fall 2017.
- Goodman, S., Lv, M., Runfola, D., High Performance Computation for Everyone: Introducing GeoQuery. GeoComputation, Leeds, UK, Fall 2017.
- Runfola, D. Seth Goodman, Miranda Lv, Ariel BenYishay et al. Machine Learning and Heterogeneity in Impact Effects: A Case Study of the GEF. GeoComputation, Leeds, UK, Fall 2017.
- Runfola, D., BenYishay, A., Goodman, S., Geospatial Analysis of the Causal Impacts of Aid: Prediction vs. Causation. Meta Analysis of Climate Change Working Group, CIESIN, Spring 2017.
- Juha Uitto, Geeta Batra, Anupam Anand, Runfola, D., Ariel BenYishay and Jyothy Nagol, Geospatial Impact Evaluation and Valuation of Land Degradation Projects, World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, Spring 2017
- LeFew, M., Marty, R., Goodman, S., Runfola, D., A. Modeling Geographic Uncertainty in Aid Allocation for Linear Causal Inference, Association of American Geographers, April 2017.
- Marty, R., Runfola, D., Goodman, S., LeFew, M., BenYishay, A. geoSIMEX: A Generalized Approach to Modeling Spatial Imprecision, International Studies Association 58th Annual Convention, February 2017.
- Runfola, D.M., et al. Using satellite data to understand when aid works - and when it doesn’t. Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Winter 2016.
- Runfola, D.M., et al. Considering The Propagation of Spatial Imprecision in Linear Models. Geo-informatics in Sustainable Ecosystems, Winter 2016.
- Runfola, D.M., et al. Value for Money: Examining Carbon Sequestration Caused by World Bank Projects. The World Bank Independent Evaluation Group, Winter 2015.
- Runfola, D.M., Geospatial Impact Evaluation: using GIS to understand where aid works: indigenous lands in Brazil. Open Impact Day, The World Bank, Spring 2015.
- Nawrotzki, R. J.*, Riosmena, F., Hunter, L. M., Runfola, D. M. Social networks’ influence on the climate change – migration association in rural Mexico, 1986-99. Chicago, IL: 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. 2015.
- Runfola, D.M., Making decisions, using every bit of data we can find, to make aid more efficient. Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium. Summer, 2014.
- Runfola, D.M., Jones, B., Spatial Population and Urban Modeling - Socioeconomic Pathways & Brazil, Integrated Assessment and Modeling Group, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Summer 2014.
- Runfola, D.M., Hughes, S., What makes green cities unique? Examining the economic and political characteristics of grey and green cities. 110th Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Spring 2014.
- O’Neill, B., Runfola, D.M., et al. Linking Human and Earth System Models to Assess Regional Impacts and Adaptation in Urban Systems and Their Hinterlands. US Department of Agriculture - National Science Foundation Earth System Modeling Principal Investigator’s Meeting, Washington, DC, Winter 2014.
- Runfola, D.M., Estimating Urbanization using Multi-scalar Population Projections: GPW & Landscan, Earth Systems Modeling Subgroup, Climate and Global Dynamics Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Summer 2013.
- Romero-Lankao,P., Hughes,S., Runfola, D.M., Urban Futures, Research Applications Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Spring 2013.
- Runfola, D.M., O’Neill, B., Urbanization and Population in Mexico, Climate Change Research Reports, National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Laboratory, Boulder, CO, Spring 2013.
- Hughes, S., Sainz-Santamaria, J., Runfola, D.M., Evaluating Emergency Hurricane Response Spending Patterns in the U.S. and Their Implications for Increasing Damages. American Political Science Association, Summer 2013.
- Hughes, S., Runfola, D.M., Evaluating and Explaining the Institutional Fit of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Actions of Local Governments in the U.S., American Political Science Association, Summer 2013.
- Runfola, D.M., Pontius, R.G. Jr., Temporal Instability & MALS, Mapping and Locals Research Network Meeting, Boulder, CO, Spring 2013.
- Runfola, D.M., Hunter, L., Riosmena, F., Leyk, S., Romero-Lankao, P., O’Neill, B., Differential Impacts of Precipitation on Migration in Contemporary Mexico, Institute of Behavioral Science, Colorado University at Boulder, Spring 2013.
- Runfola, D.M.,Pontius, R.G. Jr., Quantifying the temporal instability of land change, Integrated Assessment and Modeling (IAM) Working Group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Summer 2012.
- Ziemer, M., Runfola, D.M., Polsky, C., Spatial Analysis of Land Cover and Residential Water Use in Suburban Massachusetts, Clark University Spree Day, Spring 2012
- Runfola, D.M., Pontius, R.G., Quantifying spatial and temporal instability of land change, US-IALE Newport, RI., 2012.
- Runfola, D.M., Polsky, C., Pontius, R.G., Krahe, J., Giner, N., Nicolson, C., Using high-resolution imagery of the Plum Island Ecosystem to Understand Water Consumption in Ipswich, PIE-All Scientists Meeting, Woods Hole, MA, Spring 2012.
- Runfola, D.M., Polsky, C., Pontius, R.G., Giner, N., Nicolson, C., Mapping and Modeling Future Water Consumption in Suburban Boston, MA, 108th Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Spring 2012
- Krahe, J., Runfola, D.M., Giner, N., Jacqueline, G., Polsky, C., Exploring Water Usage in Suburban Boston, Clark University Fall Fest, Fall 2011
- Runfola, D.M. and Pontius, R.G., Temporal Stability of Land Use / Cover Change, 107th Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Spring 2011
- Runfola, D.M. and Ratick, S., Optimizing Sampling for Spatially Predictive Modeling, 107th Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Spring 2011
- McCann, C. and Runfola, D.M., Predicting Peak Runoff in Suburban Massachusetts, 107th Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Spring 2011
- Runfola, D.M., Alber, M., and Pontius, R.G., Important considerations for methods of land change analysis across sites, 106th Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Spring 2010
- Runfola, D.M. and Pontius, R.G., Land Change Analysis of the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems, Georgia Coast Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Site Conference, Spring 2010
- Giner, G., Rakshit, R., Runfola, D.M., Mapping Lawns in the Boston Suburbs, Massachusetts Geographic Information Systems (MassGIS), Fall 2009
- Polsky,C., Pontius, R.G., Decatur, A., Rakshit, R., Runfola, D.M., Giner, N., Hamill, T., Salem, M., Poster: Looking for Lawns: How We Know What’s In Your Yard, LTER All Scientists Meeting, Fall 2009
- Runfola, D.M. and Hankins, K., Trash, Abandonment, and Procedural Injustice in the Urban Environment, 105th Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Spring 2009
- Runfola, D.M. and Hankins, K., Uncovering Spaces of Neglect in Atlanta, GA, 104th Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Spring 2008
- Runfola, D.M., Revealing Environmental Injustice in Atlanta, GA, 36th Annual Conference of the Southern Regional Honors Council, Spring 2008
- Runfola, D.M., Qualitative GIS: Looking at Equality in the Urban Environment, Georgia Urban and Regional Information Systems Association Career Day, Kennesaw State University, Spring 2008
- Runfola, D.M., Abandonment and Dereliction within Metropolitan Atlanta, 62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, Fall 2007
- Runfola, D.M., The Changing Focus of Geographic Thought: Human-Environmental Relations in the 20th Century, Georgia State Honors Organization, Fall 2007
- Runfola, D.M., Environmental Inequities within Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia State University Undergraduate Research Conference, Spring 2007
- Runfola, D.M., Joining Forces With the Machines: Modernizing International Development through Machine Learning and GIS. Reves Center Lecture Series, William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA Fall 2015.
- Runfola, D.M., Man vs. Machine: Decisionmaking using Machine Learning compared to the Analytic Hierarchy Process. GeoCenter GIS Specialist Training, USAID, Washington, DC, Fall 2014.
- Runfola, D.M., Scale and Accuracy Assessment: Considering Spatial Uncertainty in Allocation and Quantity Metrics. Graduate Seminar in GISci and Uncertainty, Colorado University: Boulder, Spring 2014.
- Runfola, D.M., What about Space? Migration, Urbanization, and the Environment in Mexico. Environmental Demography Summer Course, Colorado University : Boulder, Summer 2013.
- Runfola, D.M., Applied GIS: Decision making and the Measurement of Urban-Environmental Vulnerability in US Army Corps of Engineers Projects, Introduction to GIS, Colorado University : Boulder, Spring 2013.
- Runfola, D.M., Object-based image analysis: an introduction. Advanced Remote Sensing, Clark University, Spring 2012.
- Runfola, D.M., Uncertainty in GIS. Advanced topics in GIS, Clark University, Spring 2012.
- Runfola, D.M., Game Theory in Environmental Decision Making. Environmental Decision Making, Clark University, Spring 2011.
- Runfola, D.M., Geocoding for the impatient: basic scripting with excel and python. Advanced Topics in GIS, Clark University, Spring 2012 (Lab).
- Runfola, D.M., Human-Environment Interactions in Boston: applied GIS and Remote Sensing. Introduction to Remote Sensing, Clark University, Spring 2011.
- Runfola, D.M., What about Scope? Transition matrices and large, dormant classes. Advanced Topics in Land Change Science, Clark University, Fall 2011.
- Runfola, D.M., Climate Change Vulnerability: Comparing surface to aggregation-based index approaches. Seminar on Global Change Vulnerability, Clark University, Fall 2010.