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David Hester

Geographer

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A Geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey-Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Dave has worked on interdisciplinary seismic research investigations including Regional Earthquake Hazard Assessments (REHA) in Puget Sound, Loma Prieta, and Southern California. Hydrologic research investigations include National Water Quality Assessments (NAWQA) in the Midwest; that is Red River of the North, Minnesota and White River, Indiana.  Collaboration with Department of the Interior agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation has involved assessment and implementation of geospatial technologies for public land and natural resource management decisions.  Dave’s geographic research has included analysis of temporal landscape change in the Southwest, specifically, urban growth and impacts to groundwater resources for the Albuquerque (Middle Rio Grande Basin Study) and Austin-San Antonio (Edwards Aquifer Project) metropolitan areas.  In addition, he has been involved in investigating socioeconomic, commuting, human migration and commodity flow information as parameters for assessing the socioeconomic impacts of a simulated magnitude 7.8 earthquake (ShakeOut Scenario) occurring on the San Andreas Fault in Southern California (Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project).

 

Education
B.A., Geography, 1984, University of Colorado - Boulder
 
 
Professional Society Memberships
Association of American Geographers (AAG)
American Planning Association (APA)
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)
 
Current USGS Projects
1.       M3West: Mapping, Monitoring, and Modeling Western U.S. Gateway Community Landscape Dynamics
2.       BLM-USGS National Land-use Change Modeling Partnership
 
Recent USGS Projects
1.       Southern California Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project: Risk Analysis – Identifying Human Hazards Exposure
2.       National Urbanization Monitoring Assessment
3.       Edwards-Trinity Aquifer Project: Landscape Change Research in South-Central Texas
4.       Middle Rio Grande Basin Study: Urban Dynamics Research in Central New Mexico





Research Publications
Hester, David J., 2013, Mapping, monitoring, and modeling Western Gateway Community landscape dynamics: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3141, 4 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3141/

Garman, Steven L., Hester, David J., and Feller, Mark R., 2010, Modeling Urban and Exurban Development in Response to Land-Use Decisions on Public Lands, abstract, U.S. Geological Survey 3rd Modeling Conference, Understanding Ecosystems and Restoring America’s Treasured Landscapes session, Broomfield, Colorado.
Hester, David J., Feller, Mark R., and Garman, Steven L., 2010, Monitoring Landscape Change and Socioeconomic Pressures in Colorado’s Energy Alley: Factors Influencing Land-Use Development, abstract, U.S. Geological Survey 3rd Modeling Conference, New Energy Frontier and Minerals for America session, Broomfield, Colorado.
Sherrouse, Benson C. and Hester, David J., 2009, Constructing a Composite Hazards Vulnerability Index for Coastal California, poster, Geological Society of America (GSA) 2009 Conference, Risks and Realities: Current Advances in Understanding Societal Risk and Resilience to Natural Hazards session, Portland, Oregon.
Sherrouse, Benson C. and Hester, David J., 2008, Integrating Socioeconomic and Geologic Hazards Data to Identify Labor Market Exposure in a Simulated Southern California Earthquake, abstract, 2008 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
Sherrouse, Benson C. and Hester, David J., 2008, Potential Effects of a Scenario Earthquake on the Economy of Southern California: Baseline County-Level Migration Characteristics and Trends 1995-2000 and 2001-2010, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1212, 10 p., U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia,
Sherrouse, Benson C., and Hester, David J., 2008, Potential Effects of a Scenario Earthquake on the Economy of Southern California—Intraregional Commuter, Worker, and Earnings Flow Analysis: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008–1254, 14 p., U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Sherrouse, Benson C., Hester, David J., and Wein, Anne M., 2008, Potential Effects of a Scenario Earthquake on the Economy of Southern California—Labor Market Exposure and Sensitivity Analysis to a Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008–1211, 26 p., U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Sherrouse, Benson C., Hester, David J., and Wein, Anne M., 2008, Potential Effects of a Scenario Earthquake on the Economy of Southern California: Small Business Exposure and Sensitivity Analysis to a Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1222, 11 p., U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Sherrouse, Benson C. and Hester, David J., 2007, Historical and Projected Population Change of Southern California Cities: 1850-2030, poster, Environmental Systems and Research Institute (ESRI) 2007 User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California.
Casey, Kathleen A., Hester, David J., and Sherrouse, Ben C., 2006, National Urbanization Monitoring Assessment: Land Use Trend Analysis, abstract, Environmental Systems and Research Institute (ESRI) 2006 User Conference Proceedings, San Diego, California.
Hester, David J., 2006, Analyzing Albuquerque’s Landscape Evolution in the 20th and 21st Centuries, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1726: Rates, Trends, Causes and Consequences of Urban Land-Use Change in the United States, pg. 113-128, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hester, David J., 2006, National Urbanization Monitoring Assessment (NUMA), USGS Factsheet FS-2006-3040,  U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Martin, Paul E., Hester, David J., Sherrouse, Ben C. and Feller, Mark R., 2006, Landscape Change and Socioeconomic Trends for the Austin, Texas Region, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Map Book, Volume 21, pg. 92, Redlands, California.
Sherrouse, Ben C. and Hester, David J., 2006, Multi-Scalar Human Migration Analysis of the Austin-Round Rock Economic Area’s Urban Counties, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) 2006 Conference Proceedings, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Casey, Kathleen A., Sherrouse, Ben C., Hester, David J., Feller, Mark R., and Zirbes, Richard J., 2005, National Urban Landscape Change Monitoring: Austin-Round Rock, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area, poster, 2005 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference, Denver, Colorado.
Martin, Paul E., Hester, David J., Sherrouse, Ben C. and Feller, Mark R., 2005, Landscape Change and Socioeconomic Trends for the Austin, Texas Region, poster, 2005 International Cartographic Conference (ICC), Coruna, Spain.
Sherrouse, Ben C. and Hester, David J., 2005, Analysis of Historic and Projected Population Center Migratory Paths of the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer Region: Including the Austin-Round Rock and San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Areas, poster, USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) – South Central Texas Cycle II Transport of Anthropogenic and Natural Contaminants (TANC) Stakeholder Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
Sherrouse, Ben C., Hester, David J., and McCormick, Maria L., 2005, Agricultural Land Use Trends in the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer Region, poster, U.S. Geological Survey Central Region Agricultural Practices Workshop, Denver, Colorado.
Friesen, Beverly A., Hester, David J., and Casey, Kathleen A., 2004, Edwards Plateau: Analysis of Land Cover Trends, 2004 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARRS) Proceedings, Anchorage, Alaska.
Friesen, Beverly A., Hester, David J., and Casey, Kathleen A., 2004, Edwards Plateau: Analysis of Land Cover Trends, poster, 2004 U.S. Geological Survey National Ground-water Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
McCormick, Maria L., Sherrouse, Ben C., and Hester, David J., 2004, 20th Century Population Trends in the San Antonio-Austin, Texas Region: the Rural to Urban Transition, poster, 2004 U.S. Geological Survey 4th Biennial GIS Workshop, Denver, Colorado.
Martin, Paul E., and Hester, David J., 2003, Edwards-Trinity Ecosystem: Slope Terrain Analysis, poster, 2003 Texas GIS Forum, Austin, Texas.
Bartolino, James, R., Cole, James C., and Hester, David J., 2002, Ground-Water Resources of the Middle Rio Grande Basin, USGS Factsheet FS-088-02, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hester, David J. and Feller, Mark R., 2002, Landscape Change Modeling, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1222: Ground-Water Resources of the Middle Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico, pg 20-21, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hester, David J. and McCormick, Maria L., 2002, Factors Influencing the Evolution of Albuquerque's Landscape, poster, USGS Southwest Landscape Change Workshop, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Hester, David J., Methven, Steve C., and Kosovich, John J., 2002, Analyzing Albuquerque's Landscape Change: 1930s through 1990s, poster, USGS Southwest Landscape Change Workshop, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Hester, David J., and McCormick Maria L., 2001, Land Surface Characterization Data for the Albuquerque West, 1:24,000-scale quadrangle, New Mexico, poster, Mid-Atlantic Federal Partners for the Environment (MAFPE) Conference.
Hester, David J., McCormick, Maria L., and Feller, Mark R., 2001, Temporal Land Transformations for the Isleta, New Mexico, 1:24,000-scale Quadrangle, poster, U.S. Geological Survey Urban Dynamics Science Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Hester, David J., McCormick, Maria L., and Fernandez Jonathan J., 2000, Factors Influencing the Evolution of Albuquerque’s Landscape, poster, Environmental Systems and Research Institute (ESRI) 2000 User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California.
Hester, David J., McCormick, Maria L., and Feller Mark R., 2000, Modeling Albuquerque’s Urban Growth (Case Study: Isleta, New Mexico, 1:24,000-scale Quadrangle), poster, Environmental Systems and Research Institute (ESRI) 2000 User Conference Map Gallery, San Diego, California.
Hester, David J., 1999, Modeling Albuquerque’s Urban Growth (Case Study: Isleta, New Mexico, 1:24,000-scale Quadrangle), in Bartolino, J.R., ed., 1999 U.S. Geological Survey Middle Rio Grande Basin Study, Proceedings of the Third Annual Workshop, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 24 - 25, 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99 - 203, p. 8 – 12, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hester, David J. and McCormick Maria L., 1999, Temporal Land Transformations for the Isleta, New Mexico, 1:24,000-scale Quadrangle, poster, U.S. Geological Survey Middle Rio Grande Basin Study Third Annual Workshop, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Aggers, Lee W., Burstein, Steve J., and Hester, David J., 1998, Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Geological Survey, National Mapping Division and the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments of New Mexico, in Slate, J.L., ed., 1998, U.S. Geological Survey Middle Rio Grande Basin Study, Proceedings of the Second Annual Workshop, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 10 - 11, 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98 - 337, p. 85 – 88, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hester, David J., 1998, Urban Dynamics of the Middle Rio Grande Basin, in Slate, J.L., ed., 1998, U.S. Geological Survey Middle Rio Grande Basin Study, Proceedings of the Second Annual Workshop, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 10 - 11, 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98 - 337, p. 74 – 76, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.
Hester, David J., and the Rocky Mountain Mapping Center Middle Rio Grande Basin Study Team, 1998, Urban Dynamics of the Middle Rio Grande Basin, in Modreski, C.J., Abstracts of the 10th Annual U.S. Geological Survey Central Region Poster Session, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98 - 209, p. 33, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.




                           

My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Environmental Issueshuman impacts
Environmental Issuesland use
Environmental Issuesland use change



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Climate Variability & Change

Geographic Research Focus Areas

1. Land-surface analysis: land-use history, land-use transitions, land-use planning, land-use policies, land-use zoning and land-use modeling
2. Human Environment: urbanization, population growth, commuting, human migration, and integration of the physical and social sciences
3. Water Resources: water allocation, water rights, water use, water consumption, and water resource management

 
 

Contact Information

David Hester
West 6th Ave. & Kipling St., DFC Bldg. 25
Lakewood, CO 80225-0046
dhester@usgs.gov
303-236-1382
303-236-5349 - Fax
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