Eric A Shook

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Eric Shook is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. His research is focused on geospatial computing, which is situated at the intersection of geographic information science and computational science, with particular emphasis in the areas of cyberGIS, data-intensive spatio-temporal analytics and modeling, and social media data analytics. Overall, his research aims to advance geospatial computing through foundational research, which is then leveraged in novel applications ranging from research in human origins to analyzing risk perception of disease outbreak and extreme weather events using social media. Dr. Shook teaches in the areas of geographic information science, geospatial computing, and cyberGIS.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.S.: Computer Science, University of Northern Iowa, 2005.
  • M.S.: Geography, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2010.
  • Ph.D.: Geography, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2013.

Curriculum Vitae


  • geographic information science
  • cyberGIS
  • geospatial computing
  • big data analytics and modeling
  • social media data analytics
Courses Taught
  • Mapping Our World
  • Principles of Geocomputing
  • Advanced Geocomputing
  • CyberGIS (Seminar)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Domain Champion for GIS: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)
  • Vice Chair of Education Committee: University Consortium for Geographic Information Science
  • Section Editor (Computing Platforms): GIS&T Body of Knowledge, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science


  • Forest - A Language For Expressing Spatio-Temporal computing: Developing a domain-specific language for GIS
  • GISandbox: A Gateway for Research, Education, and Experimentation in Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS): XSEDE-supported Science Gateway
  • Socio-Environmental Data Explorer: SESYNC-supported web-based analytic system
  • Paleoscape Model of coastal South Africa During Modern Human Origins:
  • CyberGIS Fellow, 2014 - 2015
  • XSEDE Campus Champion Fellow, 2013 - 2014
  • William L. Garrison Award for Best Dissertation in Computational Geography, 2013