Education Manager and Geographer, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) and the University of Denver
“Now more than ever, we need people who think broadly and who understand systems, connections, patterns, and root causes… how to think in whole systems, how to find connections, how to ask big questions, and how to separate the trivial from the important.” –David W. Orr, Earth In Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, 1994
What environmental challenges do you address in your job?
As part of the Esri education team, I create lessons, videos, and data sets that show how people can teach, learn, and solve environmental challenges such as sustainable agriculture, coastal erosion, and invasive species from the local to global scale through spatial thinking and geotechnologies (GPS, GIS, and remote sensing).
What is the positive change that your work is making?
My work and the work from my colleagues in GIS education are making a positive change because educators and students at all levels around the world are learning how to use the spatial perspective and geotechnologies to solve environmental problems and grapple with environmental issues.