Below is a directory of APL staff, along with their specialties. In addition to permanent academic staff, APL works closely with faculty affiliates (listed on the Faculty page). We also hire and train undergraduate and graduate students in many aspects of applied demographic and geographic work. Students engage in APL projects and sometimes handle client service requests.
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Applied Population Laboratory
1450 Linden Drive, Room 316
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 265-9545
Fax: (608) 262-6022
Dan Veroff is Director of the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is also a UW Extension Demographic Specialist. He has been with the Applied Population Laboratory since March 1998. He has a Masters degree in city and regional planning from the University of Memphis. Within the APL, Mr. Veroff provides demographic data and analysis to Cooperative Extension’s network of county based faculty and state specialists and conducts applied demographic research to support their planning and programming efforts in Wisconsin counties and communities. He also serves on the national steering committee for the State Data Center network. His current research explores ways to build capacity in communities by using participatory methods to build better community information systems, with particular emphasis on emerging GIS technologies.
William Buckingham Ph.D, Health Geographer, has worked for the Applied Population Laboratory (APL) since March 2005. He holds a B.S. in geology and geophysics from the UW-Madison (1998), a M.S. in cartography and geographic information systems from the UW-Madison (2004) and a Ph.D in Environment and Resources (concentrated in GIS) from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the UW-Madison(2012). Dr. Buckingham has worked extensively on health and medical GIS projects during his tenure with the APL. Combining demographic, health and medical data with GIS enables researchers to both make thier data spatially aware, as well as enables geographic visualization of the health geography in question. Dr. Buckingham provides extensive knowledge of GIScience, census geography and data, and expertise in the techniques and methodologies of geographic information systems, geocoding, cartography and qualitative GIS. He has assisted Center for Demography and Ecology researchers, other campus researchers, and community groups understand how to apply GIS methods to their specific research projects.
David Long is a spatial data analyst with 17 years of GIS experience and provides high level analytic and research support to the APL and the Center for Demography and Ecology. He contributes expertise on a range of tools focusing on modeling spatial processes in GIS and statistical frameworks. He came to the APL with a MS in Sociology (1999) from the UW-Madison where he focused his studies on suburban sprawl and growth politics. During his tenure at the APL he has researched spatial interpolation methods, small-area population estimation techniques, intersection of biophysical landscape characteristics with census data, and child poverty using spatial regression analysis. Long also co-authored the Wisconsin Hispanic/Latino Chartbook and since living in Mexico, he has been closely involved with APL projects related to Wisconsin immigration. His recent work has explored methods for “democratizing” data and building capacity in neighborhood and community organizations through access to GIS resources, demographic data and neighborhood-level information systems.
Rozalynn Klaas is an Assistant Researcher with the Applied Population Laboratory (APL). She began working with APL as a student while in the Geographic Information Systems Certificate Program in the fall of 2008. After finishing the certificate, Rozalynn remained at the APL as staff and began to widen the range of projects she was involved with. This extended to include working with census data, school district enrollment projections, regional analysis for the DNR, and other mapping/spatial analysis work. Rozalynn earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Biological Aspects of Conservation.
David Egan-Robertson is an applied demographer with the Applied Population Laboratory. He joined the APL in January 2012 after serving as the demographer for the State of Wisconsin’s Demographic Services Center for eleven years. He specializes in population and household estimates and projections, with an emphasis on administrative-record and housing unit methods for creating estimates, and the cohort-component method for producing projections. In addition, he provides consultation on Census data, with particular knowledge of historical Census results for Wisconsin’s municipalities and counties.
Sarah Kemp, Associate Researcher, has been with the Applied Population Lab (APL) since December 2003. She has a B.S. in Geography (1987) from Carroll College and an M.S. in Geography (1995) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ms. Kemp's research at the APL has focused primarily on enrollment projection modeling, and she has worked with more than forty school districts, in and outside Wisconsin, projecting student enrollments, examining the impact of boundary changes, and evaluating the impact of housing on school enrollment. Other past and present research includes examining historical settlement patterns, comprehensive planning issues in the State of Wisconsin, and demographic change in inner-ring suburbs.
James Beaudoin is an applications developer and is the manager of GetFacts (http://www.getfacts.wisc.edu), an online mapping application for interactively visualizing and downloading Census data. He holds a B.S. in Geography with an emphasis on community planning from the University of Wisconsin -Whitewater (1996). His areas of focus include online community data systems, community planning, GIS and interactive online data systems. He is also heavily involved in Wisconsin’s Redistricting project. In 2000 he developed the data collection tool for the 2000 Redistricting project and is presently working on a web based solution for the 2010 Redistricting project.