Brian W. Conley
Since 2012, Brian has supported UBRI projects through data support and geospatial analysis most notably for the HUD Sustainability Plan where he manages the collection and analyses of land use, demographic, and public visioning information for a regional scenario modeling process. By applying prior experience in natural sciences, engineering and education to this expertise, he assumes an interdisciplinary approach to his work at UBRI which is aimed at analyzing and enhancing regional sustainability by developing indicators, producing communications materials, and facilitating public outreach.
Brian has cultivated his interest and experience in GIS, environmental planning, urban sustainability, disaster planning, climate change planning, water resources management, and food systems planning both at UBRI and through his prior work experience. As a Research Assistant in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UB, he conducted research on climate change and developed interactive mapping sites, as well as co-authored articles on multi-modal transportation planning for evacuations published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board and International Journal of Transportation. As a graduate student intern for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and as a Plant Protection Technician for the US Department of Agriculture, he worked to promote environmental justice and conservation by managing ecological geospatial databases and producing resources for service learning and community outreach.
Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Secondary Physics Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, a Master of Arts in Geography and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo where he received Graduate Certificates of Specialization in Environmental & Land Use Planning and in GIS & Spatial Modeling. Brian hopes his work can one day help build a more sustainable, democratic and equitable society by creating collaborative channels that inform citizens and empower communities to meaningfully engage in shaping the places in which they live.