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David C. Folch


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University.  I recently finished a postdoc at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder working on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project investigating spatial aspects of uncertainty in the American Community Survey (ACS).   I completed my PhD in Geography at Arizona State University in 2012.

My research focuses on spatial analytical methods, with a contextual focus on U.S. cities. My dissertation, which was partially funded by an NSF grant, presents a new method for the measurement of local scale segregation.  My approach to research sits at the intersection of geography, economics (undergraduate and masters degrees) and computer science (developer on the open source Python Spatial Analysis Library).  I merge geographic and economic approaches with high performance computing to address research questions with distinctly spatial manifestations.  My current work focuses on ACS uncertainty, social vulnerability to natural hazards and neighborhood structure and change.


  • Address: Boulder, Colorado
  • Email: david@davidfolch.org