Brendan Hurley

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Brendan Hurley

Assistant Professor, Director of GIS Certificate

Geospatial Science and Applications


Office Phone: (202) 994-5126
2036 H St, NW, Room 208 Washington DC 20052

Office Hours

12:30pm - 1:30pm Mondays (in office)
12:00pm - 4:00pm Tuesday through Friday on Google Meet / Zoom:
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Brendan Hurley is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the George Washington University. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech, a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University, and a PhD in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences from George Mason University. He is the director of the Graduate Certificate in GIS, teaches Intermediate GIS, Techniques of Spatial Analysis, and Geospatial Statistics, and currently serves as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Species Survival Commission, Marine Turtle Specialist Group as well as on the George Washington University Cancer Center Advisory Task Force. His research interests include spatial clustering of events, the underlying spatial theory behind them, and how those events affect decision-making, and has published in a wide array of peer-reviewed journals, from Endangered Species Research, to Geographical Analysis, to PLoS One. Currently he is working on the geography of gun violence and social vulnerability in a partnership with Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Before joining the department, he was a Science Fellow in the United States House of Representatives, and spent 15 years doing conservation and GIS work around the United States. This included right whale conservation research in Woods Hole, MA; Hawaiian Monk seal field work in Hawaii; and aerial surveys in the Arctic Chukchi and Beaufort seas with the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, where he suggested renaming the project “Marine and Coastal High Arctic Marine Mammal Ecological Research” or, the MC HAMMER project. He was declined. He currently lives in Fredericksburg Virginia with his wife, two kids, and rottweiler Bruce Wayne, who probably wants a walk right now.


Geog 2104 - Introduction to Cartography and GIS
Geog 3105 - Techniques of Spatial Analysis
Geog 3106 - Intermediate GIS
Geog 6305 - Geospatial Statistics

Brendan Hurley, Timothy Leslie. 2023.  Spatiotemporal Variograms as Neighborhood Definers. (Geographical Analysis  in press)

Bryan P. Wallace, Zach A. Posnik, Brendan J. Hurley, Andrew D. DiMatteo, Ashleigh Bandimere, Isabel Rodriguez, Sara M. Maxwe, Lucy Meyer, Hannah Brenner, Michael P.Jensen, Erin LaCasella, Brian M. Shamblin, F. Alberto Abreu-Grobois, Kelly R. Stewart, PeterH. Dutton, Brian J. Hutchinson, Paolo Casale, Roderic B. Mast. 2022. Marine turtle regional management units 2.0: An updated framework for evaluating conservation status and priorities of marine turtles worldwide. Endangered Species Research  (In press)

Azzara, A., Wang, H., Rutherford, D., Hurley, B., Stephenson, S. 2015. A 10 Year Projection of Maritime Activity In The U.S. Arctic Region, Committee On The Marine Transportation System, Report to the White House.

Kathy Kuletz, Megan C. Ferguson, Brendan Hurley, Adrian E. Gall, Elizabeth A. Labunski, Tawna C. Morgan. 2015. Seasonal spatial patterns in seabird and marine mammal distribution in the eastern Chukchi and western Beaufort seas: Identifying biologically important pelagic areas. Progress in Oceanography 136, 175-200

Michael Jasny, Sylvia Fallon, Giulia Good Stefani, Brendan Hurley, Andrew J. Wright. 2014. A petition to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, Natural Resource Defense Council.

Courtney E. Smith, Brendan J. Hurley, Christina N. Toms, Angela D. Mackey, Moby Solangi, Stan A. Kuczaj. 2013. Hurricane impacts on the foraging patterns of bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus in Mississippi Sound. Marine Ecology Progress Series 487, 231-244

Y Watanuki, RP Wilson, JC Prairie, K Ziervogel, C Arnosti, R Camassa, C Falcon, S Khatri, RM McLaughlin, BL White, S Yu, JM Boucher, C Chen, Y Sun, RC Beardsley, H Nishikawa, Y Ichiro, K Komatsu, H Sasaki, Y Sasai, T Setou, M Shimuzu, CE Smith, BJ Hurley, CN Toms, AD Mackey, M Solangi, SA Kuczaj, MA Pardo, N Silverberg, D Gendron, E Beier, DM Palacios, LH Thorne, AJ Read, GS Drew, JF Piatt, DF Hill, JA Santora, RR Veit. 2013. Biophysical coupling of marine hotspots. Marine Ecology Progress Series 487, 176-304

Wallace, B. P., A. D. DiMatteo, A. B. Bolten, M. Y. Chaloupka, B. J. Hutchinson, F. A. Abreu-Grobois, J. A. Mortimer, J. A. Seminoff, D. Amorocho, K. A. Bjorndal, J. Bourjea, B. W. Bowen, R. Briseño-Dueñas, P. Casale, B. C. Choudhury, A. Costa, P. H. Dutton, A. Fallabrino, E. M. Finkbeiner, A. Girard, M. Girondot, M. Hamann, B. J. Hurley, M. López-Mendilaharsu,, M. A. Marcovaldi, J. A. Musick, R. Nel, N. J. Pilcher, S. Troëng, B. Witherington and R. B. Mast. 2011. Global conservation priorities for marine turtles. PloS one 6 (9), e24510

Wallace B.P., A. D. DiMatteo, B. J. Hurley, E. M. Finkbeiner, A. B. Bolten, M. Y. Chaloupka, B. J. Hutchinson,  F. A. Abreu-Grobois, D. Amorocho, K. A. Bjorndal, J. Bourjea, B. W. Bowen, R. Briseño-Dueñas, P. Casale,  B. C. Choudhury, A. Costa, P. H. Dutton, A. Fallabrino, A. Girard, M. Girondot, M. H. Godfrey, M. Hamann,  M. López-Mendilaharsu,, M. A. Marcovaldi, J. A. Mortimer, J. A. Musick, R. Nel, J. A. Seminoff, S. Troëng, B. 2010. Regional management units for marine turtles: a novel framework for prioritizing conservation and research across multiple scales. PloS one 5 (12), e15465

Hurley, B.  2010. Astokh Lease Area 4-D Seismic Survey Independent Observer Report: Piltun Lagoon Region, Sakhalin Island, Russian Federation. International Union for Conservation of Nature.

B.Sc., Wildlife Science, Virginia Tech

M.E.M., Coastal Environmental Management, Duke University

Ph.D., Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences, George Mason University