Assistant Professor
Political Science & Geography

Jennifer Whytlaw

NORFOLK, 23529

Jennifer L. Whytlaw is an Assistant Professor of Applied GIS in the Department of Political Science and Geography and is the current GIS and SpaCE Certificates Coordinator at Old Dominion University. She is a certified GIS Professional (GISP), has a current Part 107 certificate, and holds a Ph.D. in Geography with more than 18 years’ experience working in the geospatial industry. Her work experience has involved working in both private-sector and academic environments.

Remote Pilot Certificate
Sponsoring Organization: Federal Aviation Administration
Date Obtained: 2023-06-01
Certified GIS Professional
Sponsoring Organization: GIS Certification Institute
Date Obtained: 2012-10-01


Spatial Analysis, Cartography, 3D Visualizations, Open Source options
Risk and Vulnerability Management
Vulnerability data, risk management, seniors, access and functional needs
Natural hazards, human-environment dimension, marine spatial planning
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Management, Use of geospatial technologies within EM

Research Interests

Jennifer’s current research is focused on utilizing geospatial analyses and visualizations to understand how environmental hazard events influence personal understanding of vulnerabilities within communities. She has been involved in a wide variety of projects involving topic areas such as environmental management, health equity, hazard mitigation and resilience, emergency management, construction management, geospatial intelligence, transportation, and marine spatial planning.


Guo, M., Gong, J. and Whytlaw, J. (2022). Large-scale cloud-based building elevation data extraction and flood insurance estimation to support floodplain management. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 69.
Whytlaw, J., Hutton, N. S., Yusuf, J., Richardson, T., Hill, S., Olanrewaju-Lasisi, T., Antwi-Nimarko, P., Landaeta, E. and Diaz, R. (2021). Changing vulnerability for hurricane evacuation during a pandemic: Issues and anticipated responses in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. International journal of disaster risk reduction 61.
Whytlaw, J. (2020). Regional planning efforts encourage coordination between senior care facilities and emergency managers in New Jersey. Journal of Emergency Management.