My research primarily focuses on providing those researchers, scientists, and decision makers outside the GIS domain with geo-spatial tools to augment their own work with the need to learn a new domain science. Most of my work has centered on the further development of GeoWEPP – the Geo-spatial interface for the Water Erosion Prediction Project.
Ph.D. – University at Buffalo-State University of New York
“Incorporating Advancements in Science, Technology, and User Demands into State-of-the-Art Earth-Systems Modeling to Empower Novel-GIS Users in Natural Resource Decision Making: A Geographic Information Science Perspective”
M.A. – University at Buffalo-State University of New York
“Integrating GIScience and Environmental Models for a GISystem-based Natural Resource Management Tool”
National Science Foundation (NSF) – Partnerships for Innovation – Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response (IPLER), January 2011 – Present; develop tools that integrate GIS, Remote Sensing, and Emergency Response data.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Buffalo District/Great Lakes Center for Environmental Research and Education at Buffalo State College, June 2010 – Present; develop tools for erosion modeling, sediment transport, and flood mapping for stakeholders within the Cattaraugus Creek watershed.
US Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management: WEPP/GeoWEPP Distance Learning Modules, May 2008 – May 2010; develop online tutorials to teach users how to set up, parameterize, and use the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) and the Geo-spatial Interface for WEPP (GeoWEPP) software.
Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), US Dept. of Interior /US Forest Service, Sept 2004 – April 2008; migrate the Geo-Spatial Interface for the Water Erosion Prediction Project (GeoWEPP) from the ArcView 3.3 version to ArcGIS 9.x; develop a version of GeoWEPP for Burned Emergency Area Response team that uses Burned Area Reflectance Classification (BARC) maps as model inputs.
Note: I have also had the pleasure of assisting many of the members of LESAM with their own projects. My input has ranged from “Have you tried this?” suggestions to technical assistance, model simulations, and project development.
Publications, Conference Papers, Manuals, Posters
Minkowski, M. 2012. Implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) within Geospatial Environmental Models for Emergency Preparedness. Information Products Lab for Emergency Response (IPLER) 2012 Joint Workshop on Disaster Response. May 30-June 1, 2012. Oral Presentation.
Minkowski, M. and C.S. Renschler. 2012. A Sustainable Software Development Approach Enabling Decision-Making with a State-of-the-Art Model in a Changing Data and GIS Environment: a Wildfire Example. Association of American Geographers 2012 Annual Meeting. February 24-28, 2012.
Renschler, C.S., G. Hayes, M. Minkowski, and R. Mendieta. 2011. The Integrated use of Remote Sensing, GIS, Modeling and Social Media to Manage Extreme Events. 2011 Technology & Homeland Security Forum. Niagara Falls, NY. October 5, 2011. Oral Presentation.
Renschler, C.S. and M. Minkowski. 2011. Integrated Extreme Events Modeling: A Remote Sensing Approach to Assess the Impact of Prescribed and Actual Wildland Fires. Ninth International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Disaster Response. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. September 14-16, 2011.
Minkowski, M. 2009. GeoWEPP Manual for ArcGIS 9.x. Available online
Renschler, C.S., M. Minkowski, J.C. Ritchie, and M.H. Nichols. 2006. Validation of Modeling Short- and Long-term Soil Redistribution Pattern in Landscapes. 102nd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois. Oral Presentation
Minkowski, M., C.S. Renschler, J.C. Ritchie, and M.H. Nichols. 2005. Simulation and Validation of Short- and Long-term Soil Redistribution and Carbon Sequestration Pattern in Landscapes. 36th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium . Buffalo, New York October 7-9, 2005. Poster.
Renschler, C.S. and M. Minkowski. 2005. Representative Hillslopes in Geospatial Modeling: Representing Environmental Properties and Processes at Various Scales. Geocomputation 2005. Ann Arbor, Michigan 1-3 August 2005. Oral Presentation
Minkowski, M. 2005. What About My Data? – How to Prepare Data for use in GeoWEPP. Available online
Minkowski, M. 2005. Advanced Tools for GeoWEPP. Available online
Renschler, C.S., M. Minkowski, M.E. Miller, K.M. Spigel, P.R. Robichaud, W.J. Elliot. 2005. Post-Wildfire Simulation of Hillslope Erosion and Small Watershed Processes. 101st Annual Meting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, Colorado. Oral Presentation
Resnchler, C.S. and M. Minkowski. 2005. Representative Hillslopes in Geospatial Modeling: Representing Environmental Properties and Processes at Various Scales. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on GeoComputation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 31 – August 3, 2005. Oral Presentation.
Lecturer. Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Workshop. University at Buffalo. Buffalo, New York. (September 29, 2011)
Guest Lecturer. Landscape Modeling with GIS (GEO 475/575). Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. (Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010)
Computer Lab Instructor. Introduction to Soils (GEO 352). Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. (Fall 2006, Fall2007, Fall 2008).
Instructor. Geo-spatial Interface for the Water Erosion Prediction Project Annual Training Workshop. Bureau of Land Management National Training Center (BML-NTC), Phoenix, Arizona. (2005-2009)
Instructor. Introduction to Physical Geography (GEO 101). Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. (Summer 2004, Summer 2005)
Instructor. Water Erosion Prediction Project Training Session. Annual Conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Rochester, New York. 2005