I am the Co-Director of the Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) program and member of the MGIS Graduate Faculty with over 40 years of experience in the GIS field. In these roles, I assist with administering our program, advising and teaching students, and keeping professionally active through GIS-related research, service and outreach. I also enjoy talking with prospective students, employers and educators about the field of GIS and the opportunities that exist at the University of Minnesota and in the discipline. My GIS interests include professional GIS education, the history of academic cartography and GIS, and spatial modeling and analysis with a focus on natural resource management. I teach the GIS 8501 course in which students learn the basics of project management and begin to develop their GIS interests, professional portfolios, degree program plans and participate in various professional development activities. I feel very fortunate to be part of a team of outstanding colleagues at the University of Minnesota that includes so many talented faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Forest Resources Management, SUNY, College of Environmental Science & Forestry, 1994 -
  • B.A.: Geography-Ecosystems, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983 -
  • M.A.: Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988 -


  • Geographic information science (GIS)
  • Professional GIS education