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Curtis Belyea

Biologist / GIS Analyst

David Clark Labs 221



M.S., Forestry, North Carolina State University (2003)
B.S., General Agriculture, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998)

Research Interests

My primary research interests include analysis of geographic data and automation of GIS analyses, predominantly using the Python programming language and ArcGIS.  The USGS Gap Analysis Project (GAP) seeks to determine how well common plants and animals are protected, as well as develop tools and datasets to support that effort, and I’m excited to have been a part of that since 2003.  Due to scope and sophistication, Gap Anlysis Project work dovetails fittingly with the utility that automation in Python provides. A secondary interest is cartography, including poster maps for display, maps for print publication and web-accessible cartography, utilizing the Keyhole Markup Language and Google Maps.

Away from the office , I provide volunteer cartography services for the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which supports the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Web Resources

Selected Publications / Presentations

Terando, Adam J., Jennifer Costanza, Curtis Belyea, Robert R. Dunn, Alexa McKerrow, and Jaime A. Collazo. 2014.  “The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S.” PLoS ONE 9 (7): 1 –8. 

Developing Training Data for Mapping Ecological Systems Using Digital Aerial Photography; National GAP Conference and Interagency Symposium: Reno, NV; Dec 2005.