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Strager, Mike

Davis-Michael Professor of Resource Economics   

Dr. Strager uses spatial and decision analysis techniques to aid in the analysis and management of natural resources. He investigates how location and other factors play a role in many different interdisciplinary questions that exist throughout Appalachia.  He has focused mostly on modeling the drivers of land use and cover change and associated tradeoffs to forests, water quality, wildlife, and local and regional communities.  Much of his work has resulted in the development of spatial decision support to aid in prioritizing areas, evaluating alternatives and examining trade-offs when managing natural resources.


He is the program director of the Graduate Certificate in GIS and Spatial Analysis and is a research collaborator with the Natural Resource Analysis Center.


  1. Cribari, V, M. P. Strager, D. Geneletti, C, Yuill. 2022. Analyzing the Interactions Among Multiple Ecosystem Services in a RuralMining Region in Central Appalachians. Ecosystem and People. Vol 18. Issue 1. 
  2.  Pourmohammadi, P., M. P. Strager, D. A. Adjerho. 2021. Ensemble encoder-decoder models for predicting impervious land transformation.  IEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. On page(s): 0 Print ISSN: 1939-1404 Online ISSN: 2151-1535 DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2021.3120659
  3.  Cribari, V, M. P. Strager, A. E. Maxwell, C, Yuill. 2021. Landscape changes in the southern coalfields of West Virginia:Multi-level intensity analysis and surface mining transitions in the headwatersof the Coal River, from 1976-2016. Land. 10(7), 748.
  4.  Strager, M. P., A. M. Klein Hentz, P. Kinder, S. Grushecky. 2020. Using unmanned aerial vehicles to model surface runoff during well pad development. Journal of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation. ISSN Number 2328-8744. Vol 9, No. 1.pp. 51-69.
  5.  Oliver, M., M. P. Strager. 2021. A Spatial Analysis of high and low farmer participation in the USDA NRCS Conservation Technical Assistance Program. Journal of Water and Soil Conservation. Vol. 76, No. 2. Pp. 130-141. doi:10.2489/jswc.2021.00005

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