Rud Platt’s Lo-Fi Home Page


Welcome to my web page!  But please, also feel free to drop by in person (Gettysburg College science center 154i).



Email: rplatt “at”

Phone: 717-337-0930

Fax: 717-337-8550


Department of Environmental Studies

Gettysburg College, Box 2455

300 N. Washington St.

Gettysburg, PA 17325



ES312: Environmental Applications of GIS

ES263: Remote Sensing of the Environment

ES230: Introduction to GIS

ES121: Environmental Issues

FYS105: Sustainability or Collapse? Environmental Change and the Past, Present, and Future of Society

ES400: The Sustainable Campus

ES400: The Automobile and its effects on American Culture and Environment


Curriculum Vitae




Platt, R.V. 2014.  Wildfire Hazard in the Home Ignition Zone:  An object-oriented analysis integrating LiDAR and VHR Satellite Imagery.  Applied Geography.  51: 108-117. Download


Sherriff, R.L., R. Platt, T.T. Veblen, T.L. Schoennagel, M.H. Gartner.  2014. Historical, Observed, and Modeled Wildfire Severity in Montane Forests of the Colorado Front Range.  PLOS ONE.  9(9). Download.


Commito, J.A., A.E. Commito, R.V. Platt, B.M. Grupe, W.E. Dow, N.J. Gownaris, K.A. Reeves, and A.M. Vissichelli. 2014. Recruitment facilitation and spatial pattern formation in soft-bottom mussel beds. Ecosphere, in press.


Walter, J.A. and R.V. Platt. 2013.  Multi-temporal analysis reveals that predictors of mountain pine beetle infestation change during outbreak cycles.  Forest Ecology and Management.  302: 308-318. Download


Platt, R.V. 2012. Mapping Settlements in the Wildland Urban Interface: A Decision Tree Approach.  Professional Geographer. 62(2): 262-275. Download


Platt, R.V., T. Schoennagel, T.T Veblen, R.L. Sherriff.  2011. Modeling Wildfire Potential in Residential Parcels: A Case Study of the North-Central Colorado Front Range.  Landscape and Urban Planning.  102: 117-126. Download


Platt, R. V. 2010. The Wildland-Urban Interface: Evaluating the Definition Effect. Journal of Forestry 108(1): 9-15. Download


Platt, R.V. and T. Schoennagel. 2009. An object-oriented approach to assessing changes in tree cover in the Colorado Front Range 1938-1999.  Forest Ecology and Management. 258: 1342-1349. Download


Platt, R.V. and T. Schoennagel. Have forests really become denser?  An object-oriented case study of a key premise in wildfire policy.  GEOBIA 2008 – Pixels, Objects, Intelligence: Geographic Object Based Image Analysis for the 21st Century, conference proceedings.  August 6-7, 2008. Calgary, Canada.  Download


Platt, R.V., T.T. Veblen, R.L. Sherriff.  2008. A Spatial Model of Mechanical Thinning Location and Forest Management Outcomes in the Wildland-Urban Interface.  Natural Hazards Review. 9(4): 199-208. Download


Platt, R.V. and L.M. Rapoza.  2008An evaluation of an object-oriented paradigm for land use/land cover classification. Professional Geographer. 60(1): 87-100. Download


Platt, R.V., T.T. Veblen, R.L. Sherriff.  2006. Are Wildfire Mitigation and Restoration of Historic Forest Structure Compatible?  A Spatial Modeling Assessment. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 93(3): 455-470. Download


Platt, R.V. 2006.  A Model of Land Use Change and Wildfire Mitigation.  Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. 33: 749-765. Download


Platt, R.V. and F.H. Goetz. 2004.  A Comparison of AVIRIS and Landsat for Land Use Classification at the Urban Fringe.  Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 70(7): 813-819. Download


Platt, R.V. 2004. Local and Global Analysis of Fragmentation in a Colorado Mountain Region. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.  101: 207-218. Download