Michael P. Strager, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Division of Resource Management

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Contact Information

4213 Agr. Science Bldg or 317D Percival Hall
Phone: 304-293-6463 (rings both offices)
Email: mstrager@wvu.edu


Ph.D. West Virginia University
M.S. West Virginia University
B.S. Penn State University

Professional Employment

Associate Professor, WVU, Morgantown, WV
Assistant Professor, WVU, Morgantown, WV
Landscape Scientist, Canaan Valley Institute, Davis, WV
GIS Analyst, Edgewater Technologies, Lamar, PA

Courses Taught

FOR 326 Remote Sensing of the Environment
RESM 440 Foundations of Applied GIS
RESM 441 GIS in Natural Sciences
RESM 425/625    Spatial Hydrology and Watershed Analysis
RESM 540 Geospatial Modeling
RESM 575 Advanced Spatial Analysis

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in using appropriate spatial and decision analysis techniques to aid in the management of natural resources. Because sustainable solutions require the integration of the environment, economics, social issues, and spatial location, it is imperative that each be represented in the decision making process. I have focused much of my research on providing spatial decision support to aid in prioritizing areas, evaluating alternatives and examining trade-offs when managing natural resources.

Recent Research Projects:

Delineation of Surface Water Zones of Critical Concern in West Virginia
WV Bureau of Public Health, Office of Environmental Health Services

Mapping Fluvial Landforms in Floodplains Related to Ecosystem Functions
US Geological Survey

Mapping Stream Corridor Characteristics in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
US Geological Survey – Eastern Geographic Science Center

Predicting Fire Severity and Impacts to Ephemeral and Intermittent Streams after Large-Scale Prescribed Fire
US Forest Service

Geospatial Technical Assistance toward the Development and Implementation of a StreamStats Hydrologic Modeling Framework for West Virginia
US Geological Survey

Development of a Spatially Explicit Surface Coal Mining Predictive Model
The Nature Conservancy

Assessment and Mining Impacts on Ecosystem Health and Diversity: Subtask 1 Landscape Characterization
Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union
American Water Resources Association
American Fisheries Society
ESRI Forestry GIS Users Group
WV Association of Geospatial Professionals

Peer Reviewed Publications
(a selection of first-authored)

Strager, M. P., J. M. Strager, J. S. Evans, A. E. Maxwell, J. Dunscomb, B. Kreps. 2015. Combining a spatial model and demand forecasts to map future surface coal mining in Appalachia. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128813. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128813.

Strager, M. P. 2012. Development of a Statewide Source Water Protection System. Chapter Highlighting Tools for Watershed Planning. Hydrology. InTech Publishing – Open Access Publisher. ISBN 979-953-307-369-8.

Strager, M. P., M. Thomas-Van Gundy, M. Metz. 2011. Mapping pre-settlement forest species with witness trees, Journal of GIS in Forestry. Jan, 15-16.

Strager, M. P., J. T. Anderson, J. Osbourne. 2010. A three-tiered framework to select, prioritize, and evaluate potential wetland and stream mitigation banking sites. Wetlands Ecology and Management. DOI 10.1007/s11273-010-9194-y.

Strager, M. P., J. J. Fletcher, J. M. Strager, C. B. Yuill, R. N. Eli, J. T. Petty, S. J. Lamont. 2010. Watershed analysis with GIS: The Watershed Characterization and Modeling System software application. Computers and Geosciences. Vol. 36, pp 970-976.

Strager, M. P., J. T. Petty, J. M. Strager, J. Barker-Fulton. 2009. A spatially explicit framework for quantifying downstream hydrologic conditions. Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 90, pp 1854-1861.

Strager, M. P. and R. S. Rosenberger. 2007. Spatial and economic approaches for implementing conservation priorities at the parcel level. Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 82, pp 290-298.

Strager, M. P. and R. S. Rosenberger. 2006. Incorporating stakeholder preferences for land conservation: weights and measures in spatial MCA. Ecological Economics. Vol. 57, pp 627-639