Peter Anthamatten

Peter Anthamatten
University of Colorado | UCD · Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

PhD, Geog.; MPH, Env Health

About

63
Publications
8,294
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
459
Citations
Citations since 2016
37 Research Items
329 Citations
20162017201820192020202120220102030405060
20162017201820192020202120220102030405060
20162017201820192020202120220102030405060
20162017201820192020202120220102030405060
Additional affiliations
July 2014 - present
University of Colorado
Position
  • Professor
August 2008 - present
University of Colorado Denver
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2008 - July 2014
University of Colorado
Position
  • Professor
Education
August 2007 - July 2008
August 2002 - July 2007
August 1999 - May 2002
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Field of study
  • Public Health, Environmental Health

Publications

Publications (63)
Book
Health issues such as the emergence of infectious diseases, the potential influence of global warming on human health, and the escalating strain of increasing longevity and chronic conditions on healthcare systems are of growing importance in an increasingly peopled and interconnected world. A geographic approach to the study of health offers a cri...
Article
(I have permission to e-mail copies of this article from my university e-mail account. If you wish to receive a copy of this article, please e-mail your request to peter.anthamatten@ucdenver.edu). Purpose: There is little scholarship on physical activity among children within outdoor spaces and work is needed to advance the design of these spaces...
Article
Full-text available
Objectives The Colorado BMI Monitoring System was developed to assess geographic (ie, census tract) patterns of obesity prevalence rates among children and adults in the Denver-metropolitan region. This project also sought to assess the feasibility of a surveillance system that integrates data across multiple health care and governmental organizati...
Chapter
Full-text available
The purpose of this essay is to provide a cartographic exploration of these data to explore patterns in obesity across the city of Denver. I have also produced maps of some of the suspected environmental factors to illuminate related patterns in the city’s socioeconomic, physical activity, and food environments.
Book
The goal of How to Make Maps is to equip readers with the foundational knowledge of concepts they need to conceive, design, and produce maps in a legible, clear, and coherent manner, drawing from both classical and modern theory in cartography. This book is appropriate for graduate and undergraduate students who are beginning a course of study in g...
Presentation
Full-text available
Se presenta una evaluación de la exactitud de la clasificación de la clase Forest en GlobeLand30 2000 y 2010 para los bosques de México
Article
Full-text available
Pandemics have accelerated in frequency in recent decades, with COVID-19 the latest to join the list. Emerging in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, the virus has spread quickly through the world, affecting billions of people through quarantine, and at the same time claiming more than 800,000 lives worldwide. While early reflections from the academic commu...
Article
Full-text available
This paper presents an assessment of the classification accuracy of the 2000 and 2010 GlobeLand30 (GL30) Forest land cover class for the forests in Mexico at the national level. The rich diversity of temperate and tropical forests in Mexico provides an ideal stage for this assessment. As validation data set, we used thousands of field sampling site...
Data
This is an animated map of COVID-19 in the United States by county. The map shows the cumulative rate of confirmed cases by county, given as a rate per 100,000 population. Data were drawn from usafacts.org; the original sources of the data are from the Centers for Disease control and state public health agencies. Here is a YouTube version of the v...
Chapter
Place-names, or toponyms, represent both location and symbolic meaning. In this chapter, we examine how mapping the spatial distribution of toponyms across landscapes can reveal otherwise hidden cultural patterns. This study uses spatial-statistical methods to visualize general spatial patterns of French place-names in the Mississippi River Basin a...
Article
Polyploidy among plants is most frequent in the arctic, where glaciation cycles put selective pressures on populations by repeated fragmentation and fluctuation in climate. Polyploids should have been more fit in the novel habitats created as glaciers receded because of increased genetic material and novel gene products, which results in phenotypic...
Article
Understanding the impacts of the built environment on physical activity (PA) is essential to promoting children’s PA. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of schoolyard renovations and a PA recess curriculum alone and in combination on children’s PA. This was a 2 (learning landscape [LL] vs. non-LL) × 2 (curriculum intervention...
Article
Giant maps offer a potentially useful pedagogical tool for teaching mathematics and map skills. In this pilot study, giant maps were distributed to elementary schools in Colorado and New Hampshire and teachers were provided with guided activities designed to integrate mathematics and geography skills. In an assessment of student skills, it was foun...
Article
Full-text available
Transformative research in geography education requires approaching classrooms with innovative methods to invigorate lessons involving basic skills. Our pilot project has demonstrated how educators can employ a standardized pre- and post-assessment of student knowledge of spatial thinking, math skills, and geographic content in classrooms in differ...
Article
Eutrema edwardsii R.Br. (Brassicaceae) is an arctic-alpine mustard with a circumpolar distribution. Its closest relative, Eutrema penlandii Rollins, is a federally listed, threatened species that is endemic to the Mosquito Range in the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA. As part of a larger project addressing the systematics of this species...
Poster
Full-text available
The unexpected results of the 2016 presidential election raise questions about patterns and changes in the political geography of the United States. This series of maps was developed for a spatial statistics class at the University of Colorado Denver to provide students with a demonstration of the ability of basic statistical and mapping manipulati...
Article
Acute lower respiratory tract infections (ALRI) are the leading cause of childhood mortality worldwide. Currently, most developing countries assign resources at a district level, and yet District Medical Officers have few tools for directing targeted interventions to high mortality or morbidity areas. Mapping ALRI at the local-level can guide more...
Chapter
Building on the success of the previous editions, this book continues to be the most comprehensive introduction to health studies for anyone studying or working in the field of health.
Article
Background/Aims There has been a marked increase in obesity prevalence in the US and around the world over the last twenty years. The causes of the rise in obesity involve many interrelated environmental and socioeconomic factors. Because interventions to address the obesity epidemic often occur at the community level, better surveillance data are...
Article
Between 2003 and 2012, the terrestrial area protected for conservation increased slightly, from 11.9 to 12.2 percent globally. Using data from the World Database on Protected Areas and Olson et al.’s (2001) ecological regionalization scheme, we examined the changing distribution of nationally designated protected areas. Over this period, the distri...
Article
The Rocky Mountains have experienced extensive infestations from the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins), affecting numerous pine tree species including lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. var. latifolia). Water diversions throughout the Rocky Mountains transport large volumes of water out of the basins of origin, resulting in...
Article
Background: Careful research that elucidates how behavior relates to design in the context of elementary school grounds can serve to guide cost-efficient design with the goal of encouraging physical activity (PA). This work explores patterns in children's PA behavior within playground spaces with the specific goal of guiding healthy playground des...
Article
Full-text available
Significance Although pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) are widely available in industrialized nations, the cost of these vaccines and the strategy of universal vaccination of infants, as endorsed by the World Health Organization, are daunting obstacles to the adoption of these vaccines in developing countries. Using spatial epidemiological me...
Article
Visual methodologies have great potential to offer insight into children's culture and how it shapes childhood. We explore children's culture of play in an urban, low-income neighborhood using photographs as a means of encouraging participatory research with elementary school students. Focus group interviews were conducted to validate children's pe...
Article
Full-text available
Anaemia is a significant public health issue in many low-income countries, yet little systematic work has examined associated socioeconomic and health factors beyond clinical research. The present study examines the effects of the characteristics of individual children, their mothers and households on anaemia prevalence among Ghanaian children unde...
Article
Objective: A great deal of scholarly work has examined the way that physical, social and cultural environments relate to children’s health behaviour, particularly with respect to diet and exercise. While this work is critical, little research attempts to incorporate the views and perspectives of children themselves using visual methodologies. Speci...
Article
The aim of this paper is to explore and describe a method of automated generalization designed to produce a map which strikes a balance between cartographic and hydrologic representations. Following a discussion of scholarly literature on generalization, we describe a novel method for automated generalization of hydrographic stream data, using the...
Article
This article offers an overview of visual methodology and its applications to geography in higher education. Drawings from an undergraduate mapping and map analysis course are used to concurrently highlight and deconstruct students' sense of place in the context of teaching and learning. As a pedagogical research tool, visual methods nurture self-r...
Article
Full-text available
Objective: The relationship between a child's environment and nutritional status is difficult to examine yet could offer an important guide to policy. The objective of the present work was to examine individual and environmental correlates with childhood height-for-age in Ghana. Design: Data were derived from the 2008 MEASURE Demographic and Hea...
Article
Full-text available
Children in poor and minority neighborhoods often lack adequate environmental support for healthy physical development and community interventions designed to improve physical activity resources serve as an important approach to addressing obesity. In Denver, the Learning Landscapes (LL) program has constructed over 98 culturally-tailored schoolyar...
Article
Full-text available
Research in the cognition and learning sciences has demonstrated that the human brain contains basic structures whose functions are to perform a variety of specific spatial reasoning tasks and that children are capable of learning basic spatial concepts at an early age. There has been a call from within geography to recognize research on spatial co...
Article
Full-text available
A great deal of research in the cognition sciences has identified multifarious means through which human children conceptualize and understand space and spatial relations. This paper uses a framework developed by Gersmehl and Gersmehl (2006) to evaluate the extent to which spatial thinking concepts are employed in early grade-level geography standa...
Article
Science education is currently at a point where buzzwords such as constructivism and inquiry are constantly part of the discourse surrounding teaching, learning, curriculum reform, and policy. The growing awareness that children's realities are grounded in their experiences transforms the perception of students from passive "absorbers of informatio...
Article
In 1994, the World Heritage Committee adopted a strategy to make World Heritage Sites more “representative.” This article assesses the biogeographic representativeness of natural World Heritage Sites, identifying well-represented and underrepresented biomes and ecological realms. The analysis reveals that sites are not representative in biogeograph...
Article
Full-text available
Technology that helps students view images in three dimensions (3-D) can support a broad range of learning styles. "GeoWall systems" are visualization tools that allow scientists, teachers, and students to project stereographic images and view them in 3-D. We developed and presented 3-D visualization exercises in several undergraduate courses. Stud...
Article
Full-text available
Over the past 30 years, conservationists have sought ways to assess the quality of coverage provided by protected areas and to guide future site selection. One scheme among these addresses the degree to which areas protected for environmental conservation are representative of the ecological regions of a specified area. This has already been attemp...
Article
Full-text available
This is a brief commentary on state geography standards in 2004. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Africa Review on 2004, available online: http://tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00221340408978596

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (5)
Archived project
Project
While a growing number of K-12 educators have become interested in adding spatial thinking to the core set of skills they teach their students, there remains a need to develop, test, and provide tools at different levels of instruction for teaching those skills. The broad aims of this project are to explore methods, develop policy, and encourage the practice of teaching spatial thinking to geography students.
Project
The goal of this project is to document and explore gaps in global conservation practices.