Dawn Cassandra Parker


Dawn C. ParkerDegrees

Ph.D. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, United States, 2000

B.A. Economics, Lewis and Clark College, United States, 1992


Contact information

519-888-4567 ext. 48888
Location: EV3 3223

Research interests

  • Development of integrated socio-economic and biophysical models of land-use change
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Complexity theory
  • Geographic information systems
  • Environmental and resource economics

Research grants/projects

  • Waterloo Area Regional Model (WARM) Urban intensification vs. suburban flight
    • An integrated residential land-use and transportation model to evaluate residential land-market form and function.
  • Partnership Development Grant
    • The SSHRC-funded Partnership Development Grant aims to unpack the causal relationships between light rail transit and core-area intensification in Waterloo Region
  • Digging into Data MIRACLE project
    • MIRACLE (Mining relationships among variables in large datasets from complex systems) is a Digging into Data project that aims to build a cloud-based community platform for reproducible data analysis, visualization and management for ABM output data.
  • SLUCE II project (Spatial Land Use Change and Ecological Effects)
    • Funded by: US National Science Foundation’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems program
    • This is a collaborative, multi-institution, interdisciplinary research project involving six faculty members in the area of coupled human-natural systems. The project links agent-based modeling of human behaviours driving land use / land cover change (LULCC), preferences for vegetation cover and vegetation management, land market modeling, field work, remote sensing, and ecosystem modeling of landscape carbon balance in low-density human-dominated landscapes (suburban and exurban residential landscapes). My team will develop agent-based land market models, whose effects will be compared to the non-market land allocation mechanism used in the original SLUCE model.  

And for something a little different that combines art and science, see the 2015 Bridges lecture "Dancing the math of complex systems:

Contact Dawn Parker for more information on research opportunities.

Graduate student supervision

  Number of students currently supervising/co-supervising Total number of student supervisions/co-supervisions
Masters 2 5
PhD 4 5

Recent/key publications

  • "The complexities of agent-based modelling output analysis”, J. S. Lee, T. Filatova , A. LigmannZilinska, B. Hassani-Mahmooei, F. Stonedahl, I. Lorscheid, A. A. Voinovv, J. G. Polhill, Z. Sun, and D. C. Parker (2015) Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 18(4).
  • “Ecosystem services for connecting actorslessons from a symposium”, P. Opdam, C. Albert, C. Frst, A. Grt-Regamey, J. Kleemann, D. Parker, D. La Rosa, K. Schmidt, G. B Villamor, and A. Walz (2015) . Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems, 2 (1).
  • “’Standardized and transparent model description for agent-based models current state and ways ahead” Birgit Mller, S. B., Carsten M. Buchmann, Lus de Sousa, Gunnar Dressler, Jrgen Groeneveld, Christian J. Klassert, Quang Bao Le, James D.A. Millington, Henning Nolzen, Dawn C. Parker, J. Gary Polhill, Maja Schlter, Jule Schulze, Nina Schwarz, Zhanli Sun, Patrick Taillandier, and Hanna Weise (2014) Environmental Modelling and Software, 55, 156-163.
  • “Integrating micro-scale timbering events and decision-making into landscape models using logistic and multilevel regression (2014) Donahoe, S., D. C. Parker, B. Kronenfeld, and P. Ballint. Forest Science, 60(5), 962-972. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.13-061.
  • “A Review of Urban Residential Choice Models Using Agent-based Modeling” Huang, Q., D. C. Parker, T. Filatova, and S. Sun. (2014) Environment and Planning B, 41(4), 661 689. doi: 10.1068/b120043p. 
  • “Market Impacts on Land-Use Change: An Agent-Based Experiment” (2014) S. Sun, D. C. Parker, Q. Huang, T. Filatova, D. Robinson, R. Riolo, M. Hutchinson and D. Brown. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104(3), 460-484.
  • “An economic perspective on agent-based models of land-use and land-cover change” (2014) Parker, D. C. In Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, J. Duke and J. Wu, eds. Oxford University Press.
  • “Effects of agent heterogeneity in the presence of a land-market: a systematic test in an agent-based laboratory” (2013) Q. Huang, D. C. Parker, S. Sunand T. Filatova. Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems 41, 188-203.
  • “Spatial agent-based models for socio-ecological systems: challenges and prospects” (2013) T. Filatova, P. Verburg, D. C. Parker and C. A. Stannard. Environmental Modelling and Software, 45, 1-7.
  • “Illustrating a new ’conceptual design pattern’ for agent-based models of land use via five case studies– the MR POTATOHEAD framework” (2008) D. C. Parker, D. G. Brown, J. G. Polhill, P. J. Deadman, and S. M. Manson. In Agent-Based Modelling in Natural Resource Management, A. L. Paredes and C. H. Iglesias, eds, pp 29-62. Valladolid, Spain.

Courses taught

University of Waterloo

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