Debbie Fugate, Ph.D.

Biography

Dr. Debbie Fugate is the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial Program (NGP) at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The NGP provides the digital geospatial foundation for the United States, and includes the National Map, the National Geospatial Technical
Operations Center, the 3D Elevation Program, the National Hydrography Dataset, the US Topo Map Series, the Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS), and the provision of geospatial data in response to natural disasters. Dr. Fugate leads the overall NGP office functions and provides advice and counsel to the NGP Director on strategic development, accomplishments, partnerships, and business practices.

Prior to joining the USGS, Dr. Fugate was Deputy Director of the Office of The Geographer and Global Issues at the U.S. Department of State and led the State Department's Humanitarian Information Unit, an interagency unit that produces written and geospatial analytics on humanitarian challenges and complex emergencies worldwide. She was also Director of the Secondary Cities Initiative, a field-based program that engages communities to build capacity in geospatial science and open data with partnerships addressing disaster preparedness and urban resiliency. Prior to joining the Department of State she served for almost a decade as a demographer for the federal government, analyzing population trends worldwide with a focus on humanitarian, health, and crisis contexts.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Geography, 2008, Joint Doctoral Program, San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara.

M.A. in Geography, 2003, San Diego State University

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

D. Fugate, 2018. “Secondary Cities: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?” presented at the 11th Spatial Socio-Cultural Knowledge Workshop and Symposium, Shrivenham University, United Kingdom, June 2018.

D. Fugate, 2018. “Geography at State: Geographic Perspectives on Global Issues,” invited presentation at the Society of Woman Geographers Headquarters, Washington, D.C., March 2018.

D. Fugate, 2018. “Geography at State: Geographic Perspectives on Global Issues,” invited presentation at the Department of Geography colloquium, San Diego State University, March 2018.

D. Fugate, 2017. “From Global to Local: Doing Geography at the U.S. Department of State,” invited presentation at the Society of Woman Geographers Triennial Conference, Asilomar, California, May 2017.

D. Fugate, 2016. “Population Research and Analysis at the U.S. Department of State,” poster presented at the European Population Conference, Mainz, Germany, September 2016.

D. Fugate, 2016. Invited chair for panel session, “Mapping Secondary Cities for Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, March 2016.

D. Fugate, 2016. “From Global to Local: Doing Geography at the U.S. Department of State,” invited presentation at the Department of Geography colloquium, San Diego State University, January 2016.

Weeks, J. R. and D. L. Fugate. 2012. Introduction: What is the youth bulge and why does it matter? In The Youth Bulge: Challenge or Opportunity?, eds. J. R. Weeks and D. L. Fugate, 1 – 14. New York, NY: IDEBATE Press.

Weeks, J. R. and D. L. Fugate (eds.) 2012. The Youth Bulge: Challenge or Opportunity? New York, NY: IDEBATE Press.

Fugate, D. L. 2012. The Evolution of Studies on the Youth Bulge, Violence, and Conflict. In The Youth Bulge: Challenge or Opportunity?, eds. J.R. Weeks and D.L. Fugate, 90-98. New York, NY: IDEBATE Press.

Fugate, D., E. Tarnavsky, and D. Stow. 2010. A Survey of the Evolution of Remote Sensing Imaging Systems and Urban Remote Sensing Applications. In Remote Sensing of Urban and Suburban Areas, eds. T. Rashed and C. Jurguens, 119-139. New York, NY: Springer.

Fugate, D. L. 2008. Geodemographic Modeling of Data-Poor Populations in a Security Context. Ph.D. Dissertation, San Diego State University and University of California Santa Barbara, CA.

Weeks, J. R., A. Hill, D. Stow, A. Getis, and D. Fugate. 2007. Can we spot a neighborhood from the air? Defining neighborhood structure in Accra, Ghana. Geojournal 69:9-22.

J. R. Weeks, A. G. Hill, D. Stow, A. Getis, and D. Fugate, 2006. “The Impact of Neighborhood Structure on Health Inequalities in Accra, Ghana,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Los Angeles, March 2006.

D. Fugate, 2006. Invited discussant for panel session, “New Geospatial Methods for Understanding the Distribution of Health and Family Planning Services in Africa,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Los Angeles, March 2006.

D. Fugate, 2006. “A Geodemographic Framework for Examining Populations in a Security Context,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, March 2006.

Weeks J. R., D. Larson, and D. Fugate. 2005. Patterns of Land Use as Assessed by Satellite Imagery: An Application to Cairo, Egypt. In Population, Land Use, and Environment: Research Directions, eds. Barbara Entwisle, Ronald Rindfuss, and Paul Stern, 265-286. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Rashed, T., J. R. Weeks, D. Stow, and D. Fugate. 2005. Measuring Temporal Compositions of Urban Morphology through Spectral Mixture Analysis: Toward a Soft Approach to Change Analysis in Crowded Cities.  International Journal of Remote Sensing, 26(4): 699-718.

D. Fugate and J. R. Weeks, 2004. “Patterns of Urban Land Use as Assessed by Satellite Imagery: Applications in Egypt and Jordan,” invited presentation at the workshop, Challenges for Applied Remote Sensing in the Urban Environment, Arizona State University, April 2004.

J. R. Weeks, A. Getis, D. Stow, D. Fugate, and A. Lopez, 2004. “Neighborhood Predictors of Fertility Levels in Amman, Jordan, Combining RS and Census Data into a GIS,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, March 2004.

D. Stow, D. Fugate, T. Rashed, J. R. Weeks and A. Getis, 2004. “Validation of Satellite Derived Endmember Fraction Maps of Cairo, Egypt Using Quickbird Imagery,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, March 2004.

D. Fugate and J. R. Weeks, 2004. “Spatial Variations in Child Health at the Intra-Urban Scale in Cairo, Egypt,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, March 2004.

Fugate, D. 2003. Environmental Context and Health: An Intra-Urban Level Analysis in Cairo, Egypt. Master’s Thesis, San Diego State University, CA.

Rashed, T., J. R. Weeks, D. Stow, and D. Fugate. 2002. Measuring Temporal Compositions of Urban Morphology through Spectral Mixture Analysis: Toward a Soft Approach to Change Analysis in Crowded Cities.  Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Urban Areas, Istanbul, Turkey, June 11 – 13, 2002.  V2: 512-527.