Francis L. Precht

Vita - March 1996
Department of Geography
Frostburg State University
Frostburg, Maryland 21532
(301) 687-4369
Education Research Interests Academic Positions Professional Experience Publications Papers Presented Special Achievements Current Activities Teaching Interests Professional Affiliations

EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, September 1989.
major: Geography, with concentration in biogeography.

M.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, June 1981.
major: Geography, with concentration in computer assisted cartography.

B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Towson StateUniversity, Baltimore, Maryland, June 1979.
major: Geography.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Vegetation-environment relationships and forest community ecology;
GIS modeling techniques in landscape ecology, plant geography, and zoogeography.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Frostburg State University, Fall 1994 to present. Lecture classes in Introductory Physical Geography, Biogeography, Climatology, Geographic Information Systems (w/ lab), and Computer Mapping and Graphics (w/ lab).

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Appalachian Environmental Laboratory, Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies, University of Maryland, Spring 1994 to present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Frostburg State University, Fall 1989 to Spring 1994.

Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Spring 1986 through Spring, 1989. Lecture classes in Introduction to Bio and Soils Geography, Earth Sciences Survey, and lab sections for Introduction to Landforms.

Staff Cartographer, Center for Cartographic Research and RemoteSensing, Department of Geography, Michigan State University, Fall 1979, Spring 1980 and Winter 1981.

Lab Instructor, Department of Geography, Michigan State University. Advanced Cartography, Spring 1981; Introduction to Cartography, Winter 1980 and Fall 1980.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., Hydrography Department, Automated Division.

project manager - Production Management Branch, May 1985 through August 1985. Devised new methods for generating automated products; tracked the production progress of automated products; oversaw the following projects:
HYCATS digital navigation charts;
AWACS digital charts;
Polar Plotting Charts.
computer programmer-analyst/nautical cartographer - Applications Programming and Production Support Branch, April 1983 to May 1985. Wrote, modified and restructured computer programs for generating automated cartographic products for marine navigation.
nautical cartographer - Applications Programming and Production Support Branch, April 1982 to April 1983. Computed and compiled projection graticules and grids, shoreline plots and electronic navigational lattices used in producing nautical charts.

PUBLICATIONS
Publications in Refereed Journals
Precht, F.L., D.R. Evans, and J.E. Gates. "Simulating Spatial Patterns of Susceptibility to Brown- headed Cowbird Brood Parasitism" (submitted to Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, for annual GIS issue, November 1996).

Abstracts
Precht, Francis and Daniel Evans. "Spatial Patterns of Vulnerability to Brood Parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 1996, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Precht, Francis L., and Tracy Wrenn. "Black Bear Habitat Identification and Utilization Patterns, Western Maryland," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 1993, Atlanta, Georgia.

Precht, Francis L., "Changes in Spatial Pattern During Subalpine Fir Forest Development," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 1990, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Precht, Francis L., "Comparative Spatial Pattern in Two Subalpine Forests, Olympic Mountains, Washington," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, March 1989, Baltimore, Maryland.

Precht, Francis L., "Gray Beech and Red Spruce Population Structures Across An Ecotone in the Great Smoky Mountains," Abstracts of the Forty-Third Meeting, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, November 1988, Mobile, Alabama.

Technical Publications
"User's Manual for the Automated Natural Oyster Bar Chart System," for the Waterways Improvement Program, Boating Administration, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, May 1994.

PAPERS PRESENTED
"Spatial Patterns of Vulnerability to Brood Parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 1996, Charlotte, North Carolina, with Daniel Evans. (forthcoming)

"Movements and Use of Habitat by Female Black Bears in Western Maryland," 1994 Annual Meeting, The Wildlife Society, Pennsylvania Chapter, April 1994, Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, with Tracy Webster, Dorothy Dateo, and Howard Quigley.

"Female Black Bear Movement Ecology in Western Maryland," 12th Eastern Black Bear Workshop, April 1994, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with Tracy Webster, Dorothy Dateo, and Howard Quigley.

"Black Bear Habitat Identification and Utilization Patterns, Western Maryland," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 1993, Atlanta, Georgia, with Tracy Wrenn.

"Changes in Spatial Pattern During Subalpine Fir Forest Development," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 1990, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

"Comparative Spatial Pattern in Two Subalpine Forests, Olympic Mountains, Washington," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, March 1989, Baltimore, Maryland.

"Gray Beech and Red Spruce Population Structures Across An Ecotone in the Great Smoky Mountains," Forty-Third Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, November 1988, Mobile, Alabama.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS
Landscape Ecology Forum, Appalachian Environmental Laboratory, Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies, University of Maryland - Environmental modeling and GIS

Northeast Regional Collegiate Honors Council & Maryland Collegiate Honors Council - Black Bear Habitat Use Project

Sierra Club, Western Maryland Chapter - Assessing Female Black Bear Habitats Using a GIS

Kiwanis Club of Cumberland - CAD, AM/FM, and GIS

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS, HONORS AND AWARDS
Nominated for membership Phi Kappa Phi, August 1989.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, University of Georgia, May 1989.

Student Honors Competition Award for Best Student Paper, Ph.D. level, Forty-Third Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, November 1988, Mobile, Alabama.

University-wide Graduate School Assistantship Award, University of Georgia, academic year 1986-1987.

Group Meritorious Service Award, Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., August 1985.

Sustained Superior Achievement Award, Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., April 1984 ($500 award).

CURRENT AND RECENT ACTIVITIES

"The Importance of Different Edge Types in Landscape-level Models of Vulnerability to Brood Parasitism" (manuscript in progress, with J.E. Gates and D.R. Evans).

Instructor, Wetlands Delineation Workshops, Frostburg State University, 1990 and 1991.

Organizer/Instructor - pc ARC/INFO Workshops, Frostburg State University
Intro to pc ARC/INFO
ARCEDIT
ARCPLOT
ARCVIEW

Production and Techniques Director/co-founder Western Maryland Regional Geographic Information Systems Center, Frostburg State University Fall 1991 to Spring 1994
funded projects: Automation of Natural Oyster Bar Charts, Maryland Department of Natural Resources($220,000)

Western Maryland GIS Project, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland and Appalachian Regional Commission (4th year grant - $115,000; 3rd year grant - $40,000; 2nd year grant - $140,000; 1st year grant - $100,000)

City of Cumberland GIS Database, City Engineer, Cumberland, Maryland (2nd year -$30,000; 1st year - $10,000)

City of Hagerstown GIS Database, City Planner, Hagerstown, Maryland (1st year -$60,000)

Digitization of Chesapeake Bay Access, Historical Points, and State Owned Lands, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Greenways Project.

GIS consultant to: Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, Allegany, Washington, and Garrett Counties, Hagerstown, Cumberland and Frostburg Cities

Microclimatology consultant to Rapid Creek Water Works, Boise, Idaho

Advisor, Frostburg State University chapter Gamma Theta Upsilon and Geography Club, Academic Years 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93)

Member, Graduate Faculty, Frostburg State University

Graduate committee member, currently serving on 6 Masters Thesis committees in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology and Fisheries-Wildlife Management.

Numerous interviews resulting in newspaper and newsletter accounts of activities at Western Maryland Geographic Information Systems Center, Frostburg State University including:
Washington Post, July 2, 1992
Cumberland Times-News, July 8, 1992
Frostburg Weekly Ex-Press, July 30, 1992
Bottom Line, September 9, 1992
Profile, Fall 1992 (FSU Alumni Publication)
Milestones, Fall 1992 (University of Maryland Foundation Publication)
Maryland Marine Notes, V 10, No. 6 (Maryland Sea Grant College Publication)

RECENT AND PENDING GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
Frostburg State University Faculty Development Subcommittee Released Time Grant, Spring 1996. Released from teaching responsibilities for 1/4 time (equivalent of a 3-credit class) to prepare a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation.

"Introducing Geographic Analysis to Environmental Science Majors," with Dr. Craig Caupp; grant proposal to be submitted to National Science Foundation Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Program; due May 1, 1996.

"Geographic Analyses in High School Earth Science Curricula," with Dr. Craig Caupp; grant proposal to be submitted to Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Sciences Education State Grant Program, Maryland Higher Education Commission; November, 1995.

"Computer Assisted Design and Drafting (CADD) and Global Positioning System (GPS) Project," with Mr. William Nizinski, Dr. H. Bullamore, and Dr. Craig Caupp, submitted to Appalachian Regional Commission.

"Early Introduction of Computerized Information in Geography and Environmental Studies Majors," with Dr. Hank Bullamore and Dr. Craig Caupp, submitted to National Science Foundation.

"Advanced GIS Training and Certification," with Dr. Hank Bullamore and Dr. Craig Caupp, submitted to Frostburg State University Faculty Development Subcommittee.

"Der-Chi Reservoir and Da Chia River Water Quality Project, Taiwan," subcontractor to Rapid Creek Water Works, submitted by a consortium of W-E-R Engineering, Can-Am Environmental Technology, Cantox, Rapid Creek Water Works, Barr Engineering, and Fong-Chou Engineering Consultants, submitted to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Taiwan.

"Facilities Management and Digital Base Map Development for Wallopps Island, Virginia," submitted in cooperation with 3DI Aerial Survey to National Atmospheric and Space Administration.

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED
Introduction to GPS Surveying, Trimble Navigation,

ArcCAD, Comptron, Baltimore, Maryland

Remote Sensing Applications, EOSAT, Lanham, Maryland

MIPS: Map and Image Processing System, Comptron, Baltimore, Maryland

Introduction to ARC/Info, Greenhone and O'Mara, Greenbelt, Maryland

Remote Sensing for Global Resource Applications, George Washington University,Washington D.C.

TEACHING INTERESTS
Biogeography: Principles & Global Vegetation Patterns
Landscape Ecology
Geographic Information Systems
Field Methods in Physical Geography
Climatology
Soils Geography and Principles
Geomorphology: Principles & Regional Patterns
Introductory Physical Geography

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Association of American Geographers.
Biogeography Specialty Group
GIS Specialty Group
Southeastern Division - A.A.G.
Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
International Association for Landscape Ecology
REFERENCES are available on request

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Last Updated: Monday April 1, 1996