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Amber Ignatius

Amber Ignatius
Title: Assistant Professor of Geography and Geospatial Science

Office: Science, Engineering, Tech, 205, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Geography and Geospatial Science

Courses Taught

  • GISC 4350K Remote Sensing of Environment
  • GISC 2203K Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
  • GISC 2011/L Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 1111K Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 1102 World Regional Geography


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Georgia, 2015
  • M.S., Geography, Florida State University, 2009
  • B.S., History and Anthropology, Florida State University, 2005

Research/Special Interests

  • Geography
  • GIS
  • Remote Sensing
  • Water Resources
  • Cartography
  • Data Visualization


Cyterski, M. Barber, C., Galvin, M., Parmar, R., Johnston, J., Smith, D., Ignatius, A.R., Prieto, L., Wolfe, K. PiSCES: Pi(scine) Stream Community Estimation System. Submitted to Environmental Modelling and Software, 2019.

Ignatius, A.R., Jones, J.W. 2018. High Resolution Water Body Mapping for SWAT Evaporative Modeling in the Upper Oconee Watershed of Georgia, USA. Hydrological Processes.

Schaeffer, B.A., Bailey, S., Conmy, R., Galvin, M., Ignatius, A.R., Johnston, J.M., Parmar, R., Keith, D., Stumpf, R.P., Urquhart, E.A., Werdell, P.J., Wolfe, K., Ross, L. 2018. Mobile device application for monitoring cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms using Sentinel-3 satellite Ocean and Land Colour Instruments. Environmental Modelling and Software.

Sitterson, J., Knightes, C., Parmar, R., Wolfe, K., Avant, B., Ignatius, A.R., Smith, D. 2017. A Survey of Precipitation Data for Environmental Modeling. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-17/441. 

Clark, J.M., Schaeffer, B.A., Darling, J.A., Urquhart, E.A., Johnston, J.M., Ignatius, A.R., Myer, M.H., Loftin, K.A., Werdell, P.J., Stumpf, R.P. 2017. Satellite Monitoring of Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Frequency in Recreational Waters and Drinking Water Sources. Ecological Indicators. Vol 80, 84-95.

Ignatius, A.R., Rasmussen, T.C. 2016. Small Reservoir Effects on Headwater Water Quality in the Rural-Urban Fringe, Georgia Piedmont, USA. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies. Vol 8, 145-161.

Ignatius, A.R., Wolfe, K., Parmar, R., Flaishans, J., Harwell, L., Yee, S., Purucker, T., Galvin, M. 2016. Interoperable Software Development for Data Discovery, Integration, and Evaluation: Human Well Being Index (HWBI) REST API. Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Toulouse, France.

Ignatius, A.R., Jones, J.W. 2014. Small Reservoir Distribution, Rate of Construction, and Uses in the Upper and Middle Chattahoochee Basins of the Georgia Piedmont, USA, 19502010. ISPRS International Journal of GeoInformation. Vol 3(2), 460-480.

Ignatius, A.R., Stallins, T.A. 2011. Assessing Spatial Hydrological Data Integration to Characterize Geographic Trends in Small Reservoirs in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. Southeastern Geographer. Vol 51(3): 371-393.

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Geography and Geospatial Science, University of North Georgia, Oakwood, GA, August 2017-Present
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow, August 2015-August 2017 and ORISE Faculty Research Fellow, June 2018-July 2018.
  • United States Geological Survey, Pathways Geographer, Summers 2011-July 2015.
  • Florida Natural Areas Inventory (NatureServe), Environmental GIS Analyst Oct 2006-July 2009.

Personal Information

My favorite things about working in North Georgia are running, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

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