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Dapeng Li



Assistant Professor of GIS

Office Building

Wecota Hall



Mailing Address

Wecota Hall 115D
Geography-Box 0506
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


I am an Assistant Professor of GIS in the Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences at South Dakota State University. As a well-trained GIScientist and a certified GISP, I am teaching introductory and upper-level GIS courses at SDSU. Moreover, I am also developing some new GIS courses to further improve our GIS curricula at SDSU. My current research primarily focuses on wildfire evacuation modeling and simulation in the American west. Meanwhile, I also start to work on other topics in hazards, public health, transportation, and sustainability.


2016 Ph.D. in Geography (GIS), University of Utah
2011 M.S. in Cartography & GIS, Peking University
2008 B.S. in GIS, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)

Specialty Area

  • Methods: GIS, Systems Modeling & Integration, Spatial Analysis, Big Data, Open Science
  • Fields: Hazards, Public Health, Transportation, Sustainability

Extension Responsibilities

Potential Collaborators:
I have been doing research and development in GIS and its application for over ten years. I enjoy working with scholars, stakeholders, and businesses and using my expertise to help them succeed. Please feel free to contact me ( [at] if you need technical support in your research or project.

Potential Graduate Students:
I am interested in working with motivated students to study GIS and its applications in hazards, public health, transportation, sustainability, and agriculture. As funded Research Assistant positions become available, I will post the information here and on other job boards (e.g., AAG website). The Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences will have 5~6 Teaching Assistant positions available every year. The Master's and Ph.D. programs are both STEM programs. In addition, we have very advanced computing resources in the department. I strongly encourage those who want to pursue a career in GIS to reach out to me and send me a copy of your CV and a summary of your expertise and research interests.

Undergraduate Research:
I enjoy involving motivated undergraduate students in my research. I also have a close relationship with many local companies. I encourage those who want to develop strong GIS skills (especially those who want to be GIS developers) to contact me. I will figure out how to fit you into my research projects and help you develop a career plan.

Please check my personal website ( for more information. If you would like my CV, please feel free to contact me at my sdstate email. Thank you!



Personal Website