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Michael Leitner


michael leitner
  • Director, GIS-Minor, Department of Geography and Anthropology (LSU)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Experimental Statistics (LSU)
  • Internal Advisory Committee, Crime and Policy Evaluation Research group (CAPER), Department of Sociology (LSU)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS (University of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Faculty Member, Doctoral College “GI Science” (University of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Associate Editor, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS)

Campus address
E-104 Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-2963
Fax: 225-578-4420


Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1997
M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993
M.A. University of Vienna, Austria, 1990
B.A. University of Vienna, Austria, 1987


Dr. Leitner is currently completing a book on the impact of hurricanes on crime and two edited books on “Crowdsourced Mapping” and on “Geospatial Predictive Modeling”. Further ongoing research discusses the spatiotemporal prediction of criminal events, geospatial privacy issues in geospatial technology, and various aspects of the association between lithium in drinking water and suicide mortality.

Selected Publications

• Helbich, M., Arsanjani J.J., & M. Leitner (eds.) (2015) Computational Approaches for Urban Environments. Heidelberg: Springer, 395 pages.

• Leitner, M. & M. Helbich (eds.) (2015) Innovative Crime Modeling and Mapping. Special Issue of Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 42 (2), pp. 95-209.

• Helbich, M., Leitner, M., and N.D. Kapusta (2015) Lithium in Drinking Water and Suicide Mortality: Interplay with Lithium Prescriptions. The British Journal of Psychiatry, doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.152991.

• Helbich, M., Blüml, V., Leitner, M., & N. D. Kapusta (2013) Does Altitude Moderate the Impact of Lithium on Suicide? A Spatial Analysis of Austria. Geospatial Health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 209-218.

• Leitner, M. (ed.) (2013) Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies. Heidelberg: Springer, 446 pages.


Courses Taught

Computer Cartography
Map Reading
Methods of Spatial Analysis
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems