James D Lambert

Associate Professor • Director, UNF Environmental Center

Economics • Coggin College of Business

Areas of Expertise

Environmental monitoring, mapping, analysis and planning systems.  Geographic Information Systems.

Education

Ph.D., University of Florida, August, 1999.

Major: Architecture (with emphasis on Urban and Regional Environmental Planning) (4.0 G.P.A.)
Minor: Environmental Engineering
Dissertation topic: Eco-energetic Land Use Characterization for Spatial Analysis of Urban and Regional Landscapes

 

M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1982

B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1979
 

Biography

Dr. J. David Lambert is currently an Associate Professor in the Coggin College of Business, Department of Economics and Geography. He currently teaches courses related to geographic information systems, but he has also taught courses related to environmental issues, sustainability, and green construction. He is a member of the Graduate School faculty.

 

David has been an active member of the UNF Environmental Center’s Executive Board since the Center was formed in 2004.  He currently serves as the Environmental Center's Director (see www.unf.edu/ecenter/ ).

 

For the past 25 years, he has concentrated on building multi-disciplinary teams to develop and evaluate emerging technologies that can help us study society’s impact on the environment (especially our river and coastal resources), and the impact of the environment on society (e.g., hurricane damage assessment).

 

Since arriving at UNF in 1999, he has been the Director of the Environmental Monitoring, Mapping, Analysis, and Planning Systems Lab (EMMAPS Lab) and the Advanced Weather Information Systems Lab (AWISLab). Over the years, both labs attracted considerable external funding for their research agendas from dozens of local, state, federal, and international organizations. Along the way, he was awarded 3 U.S. Patents, and, based on that technology, co-founded UNF’s first technology spinoff company in 2000 called GeoAge, Inc. ALL of his past projects have been interdisciplinary in nature. In 2004, he received the national “NOAA Environmental Hero Award” for his contributions.

 

He has also been active in professional and community organizations. For instance, he served on the Board of Directors for the Intelligent Transportation Systems Florida Association, and is currently serving on the Board of the U. S. Green Building Council North Florida Chapter. 
 

Awards

Research Excellence Award“Ten Consecutive Years of Sponsored Research Funding”.
Awarded by the UNF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. October 2010.


Certificate of Recognition – “Magnum PI Award”. Awarded by “the Staff” of the UNF
Division of Sponsored Research (now called ORSP). October 2006.


2004 NOAA Environmental Hero Award. National Award from the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for weather-related research contributions.


The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Life Member, elected at UF in April, 1999.


Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,
University of Florida. June, 1994.


NACAA  ‘Search for Excellence’ - Public Information Award. 1989. (Awarded for Environmental Education Programs.)


NACAA ‘Search for Excellence’ - Communications Award. 1989. (Award for Educational Materials developed to support Water Conservation Programs.)


Environmentalist of the Year, 1988, Peace River Audubon Society. (Awarded for conservation achievements over 5 years in Southwest Florida.)

 

1st Place-1986 National ‘Volunteer Projects Competition’. The National Gardening Association.

 

Public Official/Conservationist of the Year, 1985, Peace River Audubon Society.  (Awarded for conservation education efforts throughout Southwest Florida.)

 

Blue Ribbon, American Society of Agricultural Engineers ‘Educational Aids National Competition’. June, 1984.(Awarded for development of "BMPs" publication series about non-point source pollution abatement in agricultural production).

 

Student Travel Award, American Society of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. May, 1982. (Awarded for Master’s Degree Thesis and related work.)

 

Phi Alpha Xi, National Honor Society. Elected March, 1982.
 

Affiliations

Selected recent

 

U. S. Green Building Council North Florida Chapter, (Board of Directors, 2013 – present)
Northeast Florida Regional Council Emergency Preparedness Committee (2010 – present)
Intelligent Transportation Systems Florida Association (Board of Directors, 2003-2006)
 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Sponsored Research Activities at UNF

 

Principal Investigator.  Development of a Maritime Management Plan for Duval County.  For Northeast Florida Regional Council, the City of Jacksonville, and the Florida Inland Navigation District.  9/15 - 6/17.  $66,667.

Principal Investigator. Integrating Spatial Data into Post-disaster Damage Assessment Systems and Emergency Management Operations. For Disaster Solutions, LLC and Virtual Badge, LLC. UNF Research Agreement #1304-003 executed May 10, 2013. Initial funding for the agreement is $5,000.

Principal Investigator. Web-based Weather Station Design and Mobile Location-based Learning Application Development to support the project called “Evaluation Nutrient Enrichment Effects from Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition Impacts on Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve”. For the National Park Service in cooperation with the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation. January 2012 to August 2013. $7,050.

Principal Investigator. Development of a Real-time, Location-based Learning System Model for RABOB in GTMNERR. For the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). (NOAA Award No. NA11NOS0120033). June 2012 to May 2013. $5,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. Florida Education and Outreach Hub for SECOORA: A framework for coordinated monitoring, prediction and assessment to support decision-makers needs for coastal and ocean data and tools. For NOAA through the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association in cooperation with the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program. (IOOS.11(033)UNF.PW.E&O.1)  6/11 to 5/12. $10,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. Monitoring the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) with the Advanced Basic Observational Buoy (ABOB) in Conjunction with the NERR System Wide Monitoring Program (SWAMP) with Real-Time Display in the NERR Education Center. For NOAA through the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). Dec. 2010 to Dec. 2011. $16,855.

Principal Investigator. Development of the Jacksonville Green Map Project – Phase I. For JEA, Inc. and the North Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. December 2010 to August 2011. $2,000.

Principal Investigator. UNF Transformational Learning Opportunity Grant – Hurricane Damage Assessment Rapid Response Team (HDARRT). Fall ‘09 – Spring ‘11. $20,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. UNF Commuter Study – Mapping and Analysis of Commuting Patterns. For the UNF Environmental Center. Aug 2009 – April 2010. $5,200.

Co-Principal Investigator. Tree Mapping System and Condition Survey. For the UNF Administration and Division of Physical Facilities. July 2009 – August 2010. $4,550

Principal Investigator. Motorcycle Crash Mapping and Analysis – Phase I and II. For the Florida Department of Transportation in cooperation with the UNF Institute for Police Technology and Management. May 2009 to September 2009. $33,200

Principal Investigator. Real-time Environmental Monitoring of Northeast Florida’s Coastal and River Systems. Grant from the Florida State Legislature to establish the UNF EMMAPS lab research agenda. July 2007 to June 2010. $250,000.

Principal Investigator. Wetlands and Conservation Easement Mapping Pilot Project. For Preservation North Florida, Inc. July 2006 – June 2008. $25,000

Principal Investigator. UNF Campus Mapping Initiative and Pilot Study. For the UNF Environmental Center and UNF Facilities Management Department. January 2005 – August 2010. ~$95,000 (cumulative total includes funding of lab staff and assistants, GPS equipment, air photos, and software licenses).

Co-Principal Investigator. Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) Model Hurricane Application Research. For the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Florida Hurricane Research Alliance Subcontract with Florida International University. September 2007 to December 2009. $89,088

Principal Investigator. Florida Highway Patrol Regional Map Series and GIS Database. For the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. March 2007 to June 2007. $4,000.

Principal Investigator. Development of a Florida Mesoscale Weather Network - Phase III. For the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Florida Hurricane Research Alliance Subcontract with Florida International University. November 2006 to December 2009. $185,125.

Principal Investigator. JEA Conservation Undergraduate Research Fellowships. For JEA, Inc. July 2006 to June 2009. $16,000. (6 students were funded to assist with “Green Building” research program.)

Principal Investigator. Development of a Florida Mesoscale Weather Network - Phase II. For the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Florida Hurricane Research Alliance Subcontract with Florida International University. November 2005 to June 2007. $178,805.

Co-Principal Investigator. Using the Weather Research & Forecast Model  (WRF) to Investigate Mesoscale Land-Sea Breeze System and Convective Influences in Northeast Florida. For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. June 2006 to May 2008. $248,000.

Principal Investigator. Development of a Florida Mesoscale Weather Network - Phase I: Design, Data Assimilation and Research. For the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Florida Hurricane Research Alliance Subcontract with Florida International University. October 2004 to September 2005. $339,875.

Principal Investigator. The iFlorida Model Deployment Road Weather Information System. This project was selected in a national competition to be the national intelligent transportation systems demonstration project for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation. January 2004 to July 2006. $636,991.

Principal Investigator. Development of the ESF8-Community Health Assessment System HAZMAT Incident Response and Assessment Applications. For the Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations. January 2004 to August 2004. $119,000

Principal Investigator. Development of a Road Weather Information System for Florida’s Intelligent Transportation System – Phase II. For the Florida Department of Transportation Research Center and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Office. January 2003 to September 2005. $355,126.

Principal Investigator. Development of the Post-Disaster Community Health Assessment System. For the Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations. January 2003 to June 2003. $53,439

Principal Investigator. Development of a Wireless Mariners and Storm Spotter Severe Weather Reporting System. For the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in cooperation with the National Weather Service, Jacksonville Office – a “Partners Project”. January, 2003 to December 2003. $7,982.

Principal Investigator. Development of a Web-enabled Mesonet Weather Station Network for Northeast Florida - Phase II. A “Cooperative Project” with the National Weather Service Jacksonville Office for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. September 2002 to August 2003. $39,230.

Principal Investigator. Development of a Road Weather Information System for Florida’s Intelligent Transportation System – Phase I. For the Florida Department of Transportation Research Center and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Office. August 2001 to June 2003. $379,982.

Principal Investigator. Maintenance of the Automated Community Health Assessment System. For the Florida Department of Health Office of Emergency Operations. July 2002 to June 2003. $12,000.

Principal Investigator. Autonomous Web-Enabled Networking of Remote In-Situ Data by Wireless Technology for the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. A Cooperative project with the National Weather Service Jacksonville Office for the High Performance Computing and Communication (HPCC) Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). May 2002 to September 2002. $76,000.

Principal Investigator. Development of a Web-enabled Mesonet Weather Station Network for Northeast Florida - Phase I. A “Cooperative Project” with the National Weather Service Jacksonville Office for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. August 2001 to August 2002. $38,965

Principal Investigator. Maintenance of the Automated Community Health Assessment System. For the Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations. July 2001 to June 2002. $12,000.

Principal Investigator. Technical Support for the 2001 Statewide Hurricane Preparedness Exercise. For the Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations. July, 2001 to September, 2001. $6,684.

Principal Investigator. Development of a Web-based Training Program for the Automated Community Health Assessment System. For the Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations. July, 2000 to September, 2000. $3,150.

Principal Investigator. Development and Evaluation of a Deployable, Impromptu Mesoscale Web-Enabled Data Network. For the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in cooperation with the National Weather Service, Jacksonville Office – a “Partners Project”. July, 2000 to July, 2001. $8,400.

Co-Principal Investigator. Report Trak. For the Training and Services Institute (TSI).  August 2001 – December 2001. $5,100

Principal Investigator. Development of a Prototype Rapid Impact Assessment System. For the Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations. August, 2000 to March, 2001. $8,925.

Principal Investigator. Development of Field Assessment Telecom Electronic Kits for the Automated Community Health Assessment System. For the Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations. August, 2000 to December, 2000. $10,250.

Principal Investigator. South Florida Flooding Emergency Activation of the Automated Community Health Assessment System. For the Florida Department of Health, Office of Emergency Operations. August, 2000 to December, 2000. $4,095.

Principal Investigator. Development of a Prototype Real-Time, Mobile, GIS and Internet-Enabled Emergency Operations Management System. For the Florida Department of Health, Emergency Operations. April, 2000 to June, 2000. $21,370.

Co-Principal Investigator. Development and Delivery of Drug Order Entry Model for the Hospital Environment. For Simkin, Inc. June, 2000 to August, 2000. $10,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. Camera Interface Development. For Tetracam, Inc. August, 2000 to September, 2000. $2,500.
 

Publications & Presentations

Recent Publications (over 50 articles, technical reports, and conference papers during academic career).

 

Bacopoulos P., J. D. Lambert, M. Hertz, L. Montoya, T. Smith. 2014. Field and Model Study to Define Baseline Conditions of Beached Oil Tar Balls along Florida’s First Coast. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering; 2(1):160-170.

 

Q.A. Gibson, E.M. Howells, J.D. Lambert, M.M. Mazzoil, J.P. Richmond. 2013. The ranging patterns of female bottlenose dolphins with respect to reproductive status: Testing the concept of nursery areas. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 445, 53 - 60.

 

M.H. Hanke, J. D. Lambert, K.J. Smith. 2013. Utilization of a multicriteria least cost path model in an aquatic environment. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. DOI:10.1080/13658816.2013.861465 (2012 Impact Factor: 1.613)

 

Patents

 

U.S. Patent Awarded and Assigned to UNF: “Emergency Management System”. United States Patent Number 6,574,561. (Equally shared with John F. Alexander and Gerald U. Merckel) June 3, 2003.

 

U.S. Patent Awarded and Assigned to UNF: “Emergency Management System - CIP” U.S. Patent Number 6,868,340. (Equally shared with John F. Alexander and Gerald U. Merckel) March 15, 2005.

 

U.S. Patent Awarded and Assigned to UNF: “Modular Architecture for Rapid Deployment and Coordination of Emergency Event Field Surveillance”. United States Patent Number 6,999,876
(Equally shared with John F. Alexander and Gerald U. Merckel) February 14, 2006.

 

U.S. Patent Published and Assigned to UNF: “Street Light Monitoring System”. United States Patent Number 13/588,552 (Co-inventors are Michael Toth, J. David Lambert, Patrick T. Welsh, Gerald U. Merckel, and Daniel J. Cox) September 12, 2013.

LambertContact Information

Building 42, Room 3107

(904) 620-3881

jlambert@unf.edu