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Thomas Wuerzer, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor - Real Estate/Director - Real Estate Development


Philanthropy/Public Administration/Real Estate


H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Thomas Wuerzer is Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and holds a Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He adds additional international and interdisciplinary value to the faculty of the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

He is originally from South Germany and earned his master’s degree in Geography from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, as well as a master's in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. His in-depth background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with about 20 years of experiences bridges his work and research across disciplines. He was the first recipient of the prestigious 4 years CAGIS-Doctoral-Fellowship awarded by the Cincinnati Area GIS Consortium (CAGIS) for which he developed customized and cutting-edge GIS and urban management solutions. CAGIS is nationally recognized for its excellence in GIS-enabled services such as advanced workflow management, application development, and in providing spatial data and effective service delivery.

With “thinking spatial," he consistently “translates” real world problems into the language of spatial relationship and GIS. In doing so, his current applied research focuses on investigating complex spatial issues supported by geographic information systems (GIS) within economic development and real estate applications. In combining these various research platforms, he serves as co-director of the Florida Climate Institute at NSU.

Within the M.S. in Real Estate Development (MSRED) at Nova Southeastern University he is responsible for courses covering real estate, land use planning, and technologies such as REE 5862 Real Estate Market Analysis, REE5882 Land Use Planning and Project Design, and REE5866 Geographic Information Systems. He coordinates and teaches all RED specific software packages (GIS, dProfiler, ARGUS Enterprise and Developer) and serves as the academic contact for internships in Property Management and RED.

You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

  • Ph.D. - University of Cincinnati - Regional Development Planning
  • M.A. - University of Delaware - Urban Affairs and Public Policy
  • M.S. - University of Bayreuth, Germany - Geography

PUB 5941 Public Administration Internship

REE 3301 Real Estate Principles, Practices, and Law

REE 3900 Property Management Internship

REE 5862 Real Estate Market Analysis

REE 5864 Real Estate Development Software

REE 5867 Geographic Information Systems

REE 5899 Real Estate Development Internship

Smart Growth. In, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research 
Springer 2012 (pp. 6835-6837)

Urban Health. In, Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research
Springer 2012 (pp. 6007-6010)

Think bigger: statewide wildfire risk perceptions in Idaho, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), 2016,

Think bigger: statewide wildfire risk perceptions in Idaho”, Annual Conference, 2016, Portland, OR

Left out from wildfires mitigation: Does university's population think different? - Rethinking mitigation effort communication, 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire, 2015, Portland, OR

Ranching with Fire: Livelihoods, Resiliency and Adaptive Capacity of Rural Idaho, 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire, 2015, Portland, OR

Specialization in planning education: Strengthening the relationship between graduate planning education and successful planning careers, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), 2015, Portland, OR

Florence Neymotin & Thomas Wuerzer (2017). Mandated Volunteering and Community Success: Effects on School Dropout Rates. The Empirical Economics Letters 16(10), pp. 985-993.

Susan Mason, D Holley, Amit Jain, A Wells, Thomas Wuerzer, & Alark Joshi (2016). An experiment-based methodology to understand the dynamics of group decision making. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 56(special edition on Social Network Modelling), pp. 14-26.

Kyle McCormick & Thomas Wuerzer (2016). Ranching with Fire and Rangeland Fire Protection Associations: Livelihoods, resiliency, and adaptive capacity of rural Idaho. The Western Planner (July/ August), pp. 9-13.

S Miller, Eric Lindquist, Jaap Vos, Thomas Wuerzer, Molly Mowery, B Stephens, & A Grad (2016). Planning for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface. The Advocate (Idaho Bar Association) 42(59), pp. 42-48.

Thomas Wuerzer, Vanessa Fry, & Carl Anderson (2015). Out of reach? Food access in Ada County, Idaho. The Blue Review (Special edition on food issues), pp. .

Thomas Wuerzer & Susan Mason (2015). Cycling willingness: Investigating distance as a dependent variable in cycling behavior among college students. Applied Geography 60(June), pp. 95-106.

Thomas Wuerzer & Susan Mason (2014). Retail Gravitation and Economic Impact: A Market-Driven Analytical Framework for Bike Share Station Location Analysis in the U.S.. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 10(3), pp. .

L Ransdell, S Mason, Thomas Wuerzer, & KaMan Leung (2013). Predictors of Cycling in College Students. Journal of American College Health 61(5), pp. 274-284.