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Elizabeth  Walton

Elizabeth Walton

Elizabeth Walton
Instructor, Geospatial Technologies, Spatial Analysis and Modeling


Office: NES 214
Phone: skype id: dr.elizabeth.walton



Dr. Elizabeth Walton earned her M.S. in Geography at the University of North Carolina Greensboro specializing in geographic information systems and science (GISS) technologies and remote sensing. She used these technologies to detect habitat sites for the threatened Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii). She earned her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in Geography specializing in GISS technologies including Ecological Niche Modeling as a conservation tool to identify potential habitat sites for endangered turtle species.


  • Ph.D. in Geography (2009) University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • M.S. in Geography (2006) University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • B.S. Religious Studies (2003) University of North Carolina Greensboro

Professional Experience

  • 2013-present: Permanent Instructor - USF School of Geosciences
  • 2009-2013: Associate Professor – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Dr. Walton teaches a variety of courses in the School of Geosciences including: World Regional Geography, Research Methods for Geographers, Introduction to GIS, Introduction to GIS for Non-majors, Computer Programming using Python, and Environmental Niche Modeling.


Dr. Walton’s research interests include turtle population assessments and the use of geographic information science and technologies to study a variety of turtle-related topics. She uses environmental niche modeling and remote sensing to model and analyze turtle population distributions and human population impacts on those populations.

Specialty Area

GIS, Cartography, Environmental Niche Modeling and Remote Sensing