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Ask a Geographer

Ask a Geographer is an AAG outreach project that offers the media, government agencies, teachers, and students links to experts in various fields of geography. The experts are drawn from and categorized according to the AAG Specialty Groups and may be contacted directly, using the information provided. They will respond to specific inquiries about geographic topics and issues in their areas of expertise. The outreach project was developed by Richard Marston (Kansas State University) and is maintained by the AAG.

***The AAG is currently updating the Ask a Geographer program, gathering new additional voices for the discipline and expanding the information provided with each contact to invite and encourage page visitors to connect with experts. Interested in volunteering? Volunteers should be current AAG members and we welcome individuals at all career level stages, from early career (you too, grad students!) to retirees. If you'd like to participate, please fill out this online interest form. If you have questions about the program, contact the AAG at careers@aag.org.***

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Africa

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Animal Geography

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Applied Geography

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Asian Geography

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Bible

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Biogeography

Jerry Griffith, Ph.D.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Knauers, PA

Personal IntroductionI have been a professor at Kutztown University and The University of Southern Mississippi. I teach, do research and perform service in biogeography/environmental geography and remote sensing, and I would be happy to help answer your questions and find information related to your interests.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Landscape Ecology, Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover Change
Email: jerry.griffith@gmail.com
 

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Black Geographies

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Business Geography

Linda Peters

Esri
Redlands, CA
Personal Introduction: Linda Peters is currently Global Business Development Manager at Esri. With a background and training in GIS, cartography, market research and systems development, Linda is experienced in business problem solving applying GIS and spatial analysis. Linda has consulted with companies across many industries helping them achieve greater efficiencies by leveraging GIS. Linda today works with National Statistical offices across the globe, helping them understand how to apply geographic methods and spatial thinking to census and statistical activities. Linda is currently a member of the UN GGIM Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, as well as UNSD Big Data and National Reporting Platforms working groups.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Enterprise GIS, Integration of Geospatial and Statistical
Website: www.linkedin.com/in/lindapetersesri
Email: lpeters@esri.com

Murray Rice

University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Personal IntroductionI am an educator and researcher in the field of business geography, specializing in research related to location intelligence, business strategy, and entrepreneurship, and teaching on topics linking geography, businesses, and cities.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Business Location, Business GIS
Website: http://www.murrayrice.com
Email: rice@unt.edu
 

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Canadian Studies

Chris Merrett

Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Personal IntroductionI am the director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. My research interests focus on rural community and economic development.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Websitehttp://www.iira.org/
Email: cd-merrett@wiu.edu

Rémy Tremblay

University of Quebec
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Personal IntroductionI am a full professor of Social/Cultural Geography, Quebec and Canadian Studies, and Tourism. My research interests are seasonal tourism, Canadian-American migration and Canada-Quebec relations.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Careers, Media Requests
Website: teluq.ca/rtremblay (in French); linkedin.com/in/rémy-tremblay-6397427b
Email: remy.tremblay@teluq.ca

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Cartography

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China

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Climate

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Coastal and Marine

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Communication Geography

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Community College

Michael W. Pesses

Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, California
Personal IntroductionI am a professor of geography within the California Community College system. I teach introductory courses in physical, human, and regional geography and run our GIS certificate program. I am always interested in working to make geographic concepts and methods accessible to the diverse students who are enrolled in community colleges.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Particular Areas of Expertise: Human Geography, GIS Education
Email: mpesses@avc.edu

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Critical Geographies of Education

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Cryosphere

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Cultural and Political Ecology

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Cultural Geography

Steven M. Schnell

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown, PA
Personal IntroductionI'm a professor of geography at Kutztown University, and teach classes in cultural geography, globalization, geography of Africa, geography of the U.S. and Canada, and the geography of Pennsylvania. I am also editor of the Journal of Cultural Geography.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Website: http://faculty.kutztown.edu/schnell/
Email: schnell@kutztown.edu

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Cyberinfrastructure

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Development Geography

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Disability

Deborah Metzel

University of Massachusetts - Boston
Boston, MA

Personal Introduction: I was a Senior Lecturer II until my retirement. I am still very active with the Disability Specialty Group, the Mental Health Task Force, and the Enhancing Diversity Committee.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Disabilities
Email: debmetzel@yahoo.com

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Digital Geographies

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Economic Geography

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Energy and the Environment

Martin Pasqualetti

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Personal IntroductionI am a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. I have concentrated on energy resource development for 40 years, especially renewables such as wind, solar and geothermal, but have also examined coal and nuclear. I am interested in issues related to energy and society, land use conflicts of energy development, creation and evolution of energy landscapes, and public acceptance of renewable energy landscapes. I teach several courses on energy.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Particular Areas of Expertise: Renewable Energy, Public Acceptance of Renewable Energy Landscapes, Energy Landscapes
Website: https://sustainability.asu.edu/person/martin-pasqualetti/
Email: pasqualetti@asu.edu
 

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Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography

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Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights

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Ethnic Geography

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Eurasian

Camelia Kantor

US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Herndon, VA
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, International Collaboration and Research
Website: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/camelia-kantor/1/658/225
Email: Camelia.Kantor@usgif.org

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European

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Geographic Information Science & Systems

Daniel Cole

Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

Personal IntroductionI am the GIS coordinator and chief cartographer of the Smithsonian. I work as a consultant on a variety of projects for our scientists and exhibits covering biodiversity, archaeology, culture, paleobiology, mineral sciences, and species' distributions; and I would be happy to help answer your questions and find information related to your interests.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Particular Areas of Expertise: GIS and Cartography
Websitehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-cole-921a9512/
Email: coled@si.edu 

Alex Bullen

Town of Superior, Colorado
Superior, CO

Personal Introduction: I'm a GIS Technician for the Public Works & Utilities Department of a small municipal organization in Colorado. My primary duties are GIS, cartography, transportation/traffic, and construction permits.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Websitewww.superiorcolorado.gov
Email: alexb@superiorcolorado.gov

Joseph Kerski

Esri; University of Denver
Broomfield, CO
Personal IntroductionI am a 30 year geographer focusing on supporting teaching and research using GIS and spatial thinking in all levels of education and in all disciplines, worldwide. I am a strong advocate for the use of GIS and applied geography in education and society.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests, GIS
Particular Areas of Expertise: Geography Education, GIS, Place, Space
Websites: www.josephkerski.comwww.youtube.com/geographyuberalles
Email: jkerski@esri.com

Linda Peters

Esri
Redlands, CA
Personal IntroductionLinda Peters is currently Global Business Development Manager at Esri. With a background and training in GIS, cartography, market research and systems development, Linda is experienced in business problem solving applying GIS and spatial analysis. Linda has consulted with companies across many industries helping them achieve greater efficiencies by leveraging GIS. Linda today works with National Statistical offices across the globe, helping them understand how to apply geographic methods and spatial thinking to census and statistical activities. Linda is currently a member of the UN GGIM Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, as well as UNSD Big Data and National Reporting Platforms working groups.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Enterprise GIS, Integration of Geospatial and Statistical
Website: www.linkedin.com/in/lindapetersesri
Email: lpeters@esri.com

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Geographic Perspectives on Women

Stuart C. Aitken

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

Personal IntroductionDistinguished professor of geography, teaching Cultural and Urban Geography. My research focuses on child rights and youth activism, film, qualitative methods and critical theory.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Particular Areas of Expertise: Children, Families and Communities; Citizenship; Film and Media
Websitehttps://geography.sdsu.edu/
Email: saitken@sdsu.edu

Karen Falconer Al-Hindi

University of Nebraska
Omaha, NE
Personal IntroductionI'm a professor of geography and women's & gender studies. I teach courses in gender and geography, including geography, gender and entrepreneurship. My research interests and expertise are wide-ranging and I would be happy to help answer your questions.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Feminist Geography; Geography, Gender and Entrepreneurship; Feminist Methods; Urban Social Geography
Email: kfalconeralhindi@unomaha.edu

Victoria Lawson

University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Personal IntroductionI am a Professor of Geography and I teach courses in critical poverty studies and feminist geography. I also direct the UW Honors Program. I have been a professor for over thirty years and am happy to answer a range of questions about academic life.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Poverty and Inequality Studies; Feminist Theory and Care Ethics
Website: https://geography.washington.edu/people/victoria-lawson
Email: lawson@uw.edu

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Geographies of Food and Agriculture

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Geography Education

Joseph Kerski

Esri; University of Denver
Broomfield, CO
Personal IntroductionI am a 30 year geographer focusing on supporting teaching and research using GIS and spatial thinking in all levels of education and in all disciplines, worldwide. I am a strong advocate for the use of GIS and applied geography in education and society. 
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests, GIS
Particular Areas of Expertise: Geography Education, GIS, Place, Space
Websiteswww.josephkerski.comwww.youtube.com/geographyuberalles
Email: jkerski@esri.com

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Geography of Religions and Belief Systems

Joshua Comenetz

US Census Bureau
Washington, DC

Personal IntroductionI manage diverse geo-demographic projects and research, covering international and domestic topics and data. Happy to advise on information sources and careers.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Careers
Websiteshttps://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/international-programs/about/global-mapping.htmlhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuacomenetz 
Email: Joshua.Comenetz@census.gov

Rajesh Sampath

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
Personal Introduction: I am the Asssociate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights, and Social Change.
Available for Inquiries Regarding Research Methodologies, Media Requests
Website: http://heller.brandeis.edu/facguide/person.html?emplid=4489d4ddaae9027bfc7df24a0229ace518f853b2 
Email:
rsampath@brandeis.edu

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Geography of Wine, Beer, and Spirits

Gregory Jones

Linfield College, Center for Wine Education
McMinnville, OR
Personal IntroductionGregory V. Jones is the Director of the Grace & Ken Evenstad Center for Wine Education, holds the Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies, and is a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Linfield College. He specializes in the study of climate structure and suitability for viticulture, and how climate variability and change influence grapevine growth, wine production and quality.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Particular Areas of Expertise: Viticulture, Enology, Wine, Phenology, etc.
Websitehttps://www.linfield.edu/wine/greg-jones.html
Email: gjones@linfield.edu

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Geomorphology

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Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

Graham A. Tobin

University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Natural Hazards, Disasters
Website: http://hennarot.forest.usf.edu/main/depts/geosci/faculty/gtobin/
Email: gtobin@usf.edu 

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Health and Medical Geography

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Historical Geography

Donald Holtgrieve

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Personal Introduction: I am an emeritus professor of Geography from California who now teaches Historical-cultural geography in Oregon. My research and publications focus on North America.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Research Methodologies, General Inquiries
Particular Areas of Expertise: Historical and Cultural Roots of American Landscapes
Websitehttps://geography.uoregon.edu/profile/dgh/
Email: dgh@uoregon.edu

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History of Geography

Kent Mathewson

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

Personal IntroductionI am Fred B. Kniffen Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University in the Department of Geography and Anthropology. My research interests include history of geography, cultural and historical geography, and Latin America and the U.S. South.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Media Requests
Email: kentm@lsu.edu

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Human Dimensions of Global Change

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Indigenous Peoples

Steven M. Schnell

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown, PA
Personal IntroductionI'm a professor of geography at Kutztown University, and teach classes in cultural geography, globalization, geography of Africa, geography of the U.S. and Canada, and the geography of Pennsylvania. I am also editor of the Journal of Cultural Geography.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Website: http://faculty.kutztown.edu/schnell/
Email: schnell@kutztown.edu

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Landscape

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Latin America

Victoria Lawson

University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Personal IntroductionI am a Professor of Geography and I teach courses in critical poverty studies and feminist geography. I also direct the UW Honors Program. I have been a professor for over thirty years and am happy to answer a range of questions about academic life.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Poverty and Inequality Studies; Feminist Theory and Care Ethics
Website: https://geography.washington.edu/people/victoria-lawson
Email: lawson@uw.edu

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Latinx Geographies

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Legal Geography

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Media and Communication Geography

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Middle East

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Military Geography

Camelia Kantor

US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Herndon, VA
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, International Collaboration and Research
Website: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/camelia-kantor/1/658/225
Email: Camelia.Kantor@usgif.org

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Mountain Geography

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Paleoenvironmental Change

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Polar Geography

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Political Geography

Simon Springer

University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Personal IntroductionI'm a Professor specializing in Political and Critical Geography.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Media Requests
Particular Areas of Expertise: Anarchism, Violence, Neoliberalism, Cambodia
Websiteanarchistgeography.com
Email: simon.springer@gmail.com

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Population

Joshua Comenetz

US Census Bureau
Washington, DC

Personal IntroductionI manage diverse geo-demographic projects and research, covering international and domestic topics and data. Happy to advise on information sources and careers.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Careers
Websiteshttps://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/international-programs/about/global-mapping.htmlhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuacomenetz 
Email: Joshua.Comenetz@census.gov

Peter H. Van Demark

Caliper Corporation
Newton, MA
Personal IntroductionI'm a mostly-retired computer cartographer working for a company that creates geographic analysis and mapping software, especially for transportation planning and traffic simulation.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Geographic Information Systems
Website: caliper.com
Email: peter@caliper.com

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Qualitative Research

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Recreation, Tourism, and Sport

Rémy Tremblay

University of Quebec
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Personal IntroductionI am a full professor of Social/Cultural Geography, Quebec and Canadian Studies, and Tourism. My research interests are seasonal tourism, Canadian-American migration and Canada-Quebec relations.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Careers, Media Requests
Website: teluq.ca/rtremblay (in French); linkedin.com/in/rémy-tremblay-6397427b
Email: remy.tremblay@teluq.ca

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Regional Development and Planning

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Remote Sensing

Jerry Griffith

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Knauers, PA

Personal IntroductionI have been a professor at Kutztown University and The University of Southern Mississippi. I teach, do research and perform service in biogeography/environmental geography and remote sensing, and I would be happy to help answer your questions and find information related to your interests.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Landscape Ecology, Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover Change
Email: jerry.griffith@gmail.com

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Rural Geography

Wendy Wolford

UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Email: wwolford@email.unc.edu 

Chris Merrett

Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University 
Macomb, IL

Personal IntroductionI am the director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. My research interests focus on rural community and economic development.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Websitehttp://www.iira.org/
Email: cd-merrett@wiu.edu

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Sexuality and Space

Stuart C. Aitken

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

Personal IntroductionDistinguished professor of geography, teaching Cultural and Urban Geography. My research focuses on child rights and youth activism, film, qualitative methods and critical theory.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers, Media Requests
Particular Areas of Expertise: Children, Families and Communities; Citizenship; Film and Media
Websitehttps://geography.sdsu.edu/
Email: saitken@sdsu.edu

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Socialist and Critical Geography

Simon Springer

University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Personal IntroductionI'm a Professor specializing in Political and Critical Geography.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Media Requests
Particular Areas of Expertise: Anarchism, Violence, Neoliberalism, Cambodia
Websiteanarchistgeography.com
Email: simon.springer@gmail.com

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Spatial Analysis and Modeling

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Study of the American South

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Transportation Geography

Alex Bullen

Town of Superior, Colorado
Superior, Colorado

Personal IntroductionI'm a GIS Technician for the Public Works & Utilities Department of a small municipal organization in Colorado. My primary duties are GIS, cartography, transportation/traffic, and construction permits.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: K-12 Education, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Careers, Research Methodologies, Media Requests
Websitewww.superiorcolorado.gov
Emailalexb@superiorcolorado.gov

Peter H. Van Demark

Caliper Corporation
Newton, MA
Personal IntroductionI'm a mostly-retired computer cartographer working for a company that creates geographic analysis and mapping software, especially for transportation planning and traffic simulation.
Available for Inquiries Regarding: Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Geographic Information Systems
Websitecaliper.com
Email: peter@caliper.com

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Urban Geography

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Water Resources

Graham A. Tobin

University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Available for Inquiries Regarding: Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Research Methodologies, Careers
Particular Areas of Expertise: Natural Hazards, Disasters
Website: http://hennarot.forest.usf.edu/main/depts/geosci/faculty/gtobin/
Email: gtobin@usf.edu 

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