University of Oregon


Science & Technology Outreach Librarian

Associate Professor

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Price Science Commons & Research Library

Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library


Price Science Commons & Research Library

Mailing address:
1299 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403

Subject Areas:
Biology, Environmental Studies, Geological Sciences, Neuroscience, Physics

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2005: M.L.S., Information & Library Science, Southern Connecticut State University
1990: Ph.D., Pharmacology, Georgetown University
1983: B.S., Biology, American University

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Areas of Interest:

Crisis Informatics
Natural History
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Biology, Geology, & Environmental Studies Subject Specialist
Science & Technology Education

Teaching/Service/Selected Publications:



Pacific Northwest, Present to Primeval: A History of Scientific Exploration

Disastrous Inquiries – Researching Natural Disasters

Research & the 3D Object



University Safety Advisory Committee - Chair, 2015-2017


Recent Publications:

Walton, D.P. (2016, July) “Getting started with programming” [book chapter], The Librarian's Introduction to Programming Languages: A LITA Guide (LITA Guides), Edited by Beth Thomsett-Scott.
Walton, D.P. (2015). Dynamics of Disasters, by Susan Kieffer [Book Review]. Natural Hazards Observer, Vol 39(5):26.
Walton, D.P. (2015. Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of Laki, the Volcano That Turned Eighteenth-Century Europe Dark, by Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe [Book Review]. Natural Hazards Observer, 39(5):26-27.
Walton, D.P. (2015) Rocketing out of the library and putting a satellite in orbit. OLA Quarterly, Vol 14:4, pp 14-18.

Recent Presentations:

Walton, D.P. (April 2017) Innovation [Panel Presentation].  "What is? Life" Symposium, Universtiy of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Portland, OR.

Walton, D.P. (2016, June). An Open Source Conservation Analysis & Plan for Rodrigues Island, Mauritius, [Poster]. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS), Pacific Grove, CA.

Walton, D.P. (2015, May 27) GIS incorporation of Structure-from-Motion (SfM) models utilizing disaster response related imagery. Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) annual meeting, Kristiansand, Norway.

Walton, D.P. (2014, July 12). Trials and tribulations of drones (UAVs) for ecological monitoring. Society for Conservation GIS, Monterey, CA

Walton, D.P. (2014, July 10). Disaster Informatics [Lecture and Exercise] 2nd Annual Western Science Library Boot Camp, Seattle, WA.

Walton, D. P. and M. Fosmire. (2013, September). Developing an assessment strategy. A workshop presented at the Purdue University Data Information Literacy Symposium West Lafayette, IN.

Professional Organizations:

American Libraries Association

Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

National Science Teachers Association

Northwest Science Association

Oregon Academy of Science

Society for Conservation GIS

Western Association of Map Libraries

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