Joshua D. Kent, Ph.D.
GIS Manager / Post-Doctoral Research
Center for GeoInformatics
Josh's research interests included the spatial analysis of dynamic phenomena (e.g., crime, natural disasters, demographics, coastal morphology, transportation planning, etc.), implementation of geo-statistical processes, Web mapping applications, spatial data visualization, and enterprise GIS/GIT systems design.
* Criminal Geoforensics & Geographic Profiling
* Geospatial Intelligence
* Geospatial Modeling
* Emergency Response & Hazard Mitigation
* Geospatial Visualization
* Web Mapping Services & Enterprise GIS Implementation
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (2009), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Master of Natural Sciences (2003), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Bachelor of Science (1994)Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Gulf Coast Evacuation & Transportation Resiliency Grant (2010 – 2011), Principal Investigator
Funded research to assess the long-term impact of subsidence and global climate change on emergency evacuation routes in coastal Louisiana.
State Emergency Evacuation & Sheltering Plan (2010), Technical Lead
Unfunded research to provide mapping and technical support for emergency evacuation management and shelter site-selection for the State Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).
State Hazard Mitigation Plan Advisory Board (2010), Technical Reviewer
Review and advise the Louisiana State Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee with updates for the statewide plan; technical reviewer of data and methodologies.
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response (2010)Technical Lead
Support parish and State government efforts to locate and map oil infiltration in marshes and bays along coastal Louisiana.
Louisiana Virtual Coast (2010), GIS Data Manager
Online spatial data service and archival repository for geospatial data assets collected for research and analysis of Louisiana's coastal zone.
Multi-Agency Homicide Investigative Taskforce (2009 –), Geospatial Services & Geo-forensic Profiling; Co-Investigator
Unfunded research to provide mapping and geo-forensic analysis to the multi-agency serial homicide taskforce created for Acadia, Calcasieu, and Jefferson Davis parishes. Coordination through the State Police Crime Lab.
South Lafourche Levee District: Elevation Survey and Visualization (2009), Spatial Data Visualization: Developer and Technical Lead
Designed a 3-Dimensional virtual landscape for a preliminary elevation survey conducted for the South Lafourche Levee District (SLLD). Compose video of the virtual flyover. Examples online: Web Link.
CE 4560 - Engineering Applications to Remote SensingInstructor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
ENVS 4149 - Environmental Management Systems - A GIS ApproachInstructor, Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
ENVS 4262 – Environmental Hazards AnalysisInstructor, Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
GEOG 4048 - Methods of Spatial AnalysisSpecial topics guest speaker, Department of Geography & Anthropology, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Classroom Training (2003–2008)Technical Trainer, LAGIC - Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Select Publications Selected Refereed Journal Publications
* (2011) Kent, J. and Dokka, R. Realizing a Spatially Accurate Incident Reporting System during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster. Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 9, No.4, p69-79. ISSN1543-5865; DOI:10.5055/jem.2011.0068
* (forthcoming) Kent, J. and Leitner, M. Incorporating Land Cover within Bayesian Journey-to-Crime Estimation Models.
* (2011) Leitner, M., Barnett, M., and Kent, J. The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Reported Crimes in Louisiana - A Spatial and Temporal Analysis. Professional Geographer. 63 (2): 244-261. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2010.547156
* (2009) Leitner, M. and Kent, J. Bayesian Journey-to-Crime Modeling of Single and Multiple Crime-Type Series in Baltimore County, MD. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. Vol. 6, pp. 213-236. DOI: 10.1002/jip.109
* (2009) Kent, J. and Leitner, M. Utilizing Land Cover Characteristics to Enhance Journey-to-Crime Estimation Models. Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice. Vol. 1, No. 1. , pp. 33-54. ISSN: 1942-0927
* (2007) Leitner, M., Kent, J., Oldfield, I., and Swoope, E. Geoforensic Analysis Revisited - The Application of Newton's Geographic Profiling Method to Serial Burglaries in London, UK. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 359-370. DOI: 10.1080/15614260701615060
* (2006) Kent, J., Leitner, M. & Curtis, A. Evaluating the Usefulness of Functional Distance Measures When Calibrating Journey-To-Crime Distance Decay Algorithms, Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems. Vol. 30, pp. 181-200. DOI:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2004.10.002
Conference Presentations & Posters
(2011) Kent, J. and Dokka, K. Spatially Accurate Incident Reporting System During the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster. Poster presented at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference: Research from the Four University Consortium & LUMCON. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. [link]
(2011) Kent, J. Visualization Models of Anthropogenic Subsidence Across Coastal Louisiana: Communicating Subsidence Using 3D Visualization. Guest Seminar Series – School of the Coast & Environment, LSU. Baton Rouge, LA.
(2010) Kent, J. Incident Reporting System for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster. The 2010 Trimble Dimensions Conference. Las Vegas, NV. [link]
(2010) Dokka, R., Mitchell, J. Kent, J. Techniques for Collecting and Assessing Elevation Data Across Southern Louisiana. The 2010 Trimble Dimensions Conference. Las Vegas, NV. [link]
(2010) Dokka, R., Kent, J. Understanding the Late 20th Century Subsidence of New Orleans with Geodesy, Geology, and Tide Gauges. Presentation for the 2010 International GNSS Service Workshop and Vertical Rates Symposium. June, 2010, Newcastle, England, UK. [link]
(2010) Kent, J. and Dokka, R. A Landscape of Unintended Consequences – Future Subsidence Trends across Southern Louisiana. Presentation for the 6th Annual Roy J. Shlemon Specialty Conference: Modern Subsidence, Sea-Level Rise, and the Future of the Gulf Coast, sponsored by the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. May, 2010, Galveston, Texas.
(2010) Kent, J. and Leitner, M. Innovative Research and Applications in Geographic Profiling. Presentation for The 26th Annual Louisiana Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Workshop. April, 2010, Lafayette, Louisiana.
(2010) Kent, J. and Dokka, R. Anthropogenic Subsidence along Coastal Louisiana. Presentation for The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. April, 2010, Washington, DC.Other Publications
(2006) Kent, J. and Underwood, N. Southern Louisiana Diaspora: Population Evacuation Patterns Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 22nd Annual Louisiana Remote Sensing & GIS Workshop. Baton Rouge, LA. April 4, 2006.
(2005) Kent, J. 2005 Louisiana Hurricane Impact Atlas, Volume 1. Louisiana Geographic Information Center, Baton Rouge, LA. [link]
Professional & Academic Associations
* Association of American Geographers (2007–current)
* Louisiana Remote Sensing & GIS Workshop Coordination Committee (2005–2009)
* National States Geographic Information Council (2001–2004)
Awards & Certifications
FEMA Emergency Management Institute (2010)
Certificates of Achievement: Independent Study Courses; IACET CEU:2.0
Distinguished Dissertation Award Finalist (2009), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Staff Senate Fee Support Scholarship Award (2009)
Scholarship for LSU staff pursuing academic degrees
Special Achievement in Remote Sensing & GIS (2008)
Louisiana Hurricane Impact Atlas 2005 Vol.1 (Kent, 2005) and Louisiana Hurricane Diaspora (Kent & Underwood, 2006)