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Each month we'll feature at least one GeoMentor volunteer, learning more about them and the wonderful and enthusiastic talent available in our GeoMentor community to assist K-12 schools with GIS and geography applications for their classrooms.Read about our currently featured member of the community below, or check out previously featured GeoMentors by using the navigation links on the right. If you are interested in being featured, go here for more information.  We are excited to learn more about our GeoMentor community members!

 

If you aren't a GeoMentor yet, we'd love to have you participate!

 

February 2016 GeoMentor Spotlight

 

Marci Johnson - Biologist, National Park Service

 

What was your favorite class in K-12? Anatomy

 

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I took a course during my last semester at the University of Colorado, but by graduation that spring the software I had learned was already obsolete.  It wasn't until I moved to Glacier National Park that my boss taught me to use ArcView v.3 to help plan a bear project.

 

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography:  Analyzing wildlife habitat use and movement data.

 

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor?  I've enjoyed helping students using ArcGIS Online for science fair projects and always learn new skills when I help others.

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What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for?  I would welcome requests for help on a project or questions about the work I do.

 

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? GIS skills are valuable in many careers, including wildlife biology, and offer young people a way to apply interests in computers, technology, and design into their work.  By adding a spatial component you will find yourself answering questions that you had never thought to ask.

 

Email addressmarci_johnson@nps.gov

 

Website:  Our blog highlights some of the work we do in the Western Arctic National Parklands: http://www.nps.gov/kova/blogs/runningherd.htm

 

If you are interested in being featured, visit here for more information.

Each month we'll feature at least one GeoMentor volunteer, learning more about them and the wonderful and enthusiastic talent available in our GeoMentor community to assist K-12 schools with GIS and geography applications for their classrooms.Read about our currently featured member of the community below, or check out previously featured GeoMentors by using the navigation links on the right. If you are interested in being featured, go here for more information.  We are excited to learn more about our GeoMentor community members!

 

If you aren't a GeoMentor yet, we'd love to have you participate!

 

  January 2016 GeoMentor Spotlight

 

Brian King - GIS Analyst / Archeologist

 

Position/Job/Affiliation: GIS Anaylst V / Archeologist at Freese and Nichols, Inc,, Austin, Texas; Staff Grade at the Pennsylvania State University, Dutton e-Education Institute, World Campus. Past-President URISA Texas (2012-2015); present Vice-President URISA Texas (2016). National Information Security, Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC), Board Member, since 2013.

 

What was your favorite class in K-12? History

 

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I started using GIS while working in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). I used ArcGIS to depict archeological site boundaries and the location of shovel tests and backhoe trench excavations across the site.  A lot of my field data was collected using a Trimble GPS unit and I used a GIS for mapping.  I enjoyed GIS so much that I earned my masters degree from Pennsylvania State University.

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Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography: A GIS allows people to spatially organize large datasets,

 

visually view complex issues, and ask questions that lead to wise decision making.

 

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor?  Most people have no idea what a GIS is and do not

realize how embedded it is in our daily lives.  Introducing K-12 students to Geography and GIS will change how they view the world and provide them with valuable skills that can be utilized once they enter the working world.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for?  I am interested in exposing elementary students to GIS and showing them how it can help them better understand the world.  GIS is a tool that students can use again and again as their education progresses, as well as provide them with an enjoyable skill once school is finished.

 

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence?  People who study GIS and Geography are in a better position to ask analytical questions and make rational decisions on topics that impace the earth (i.e. flooding, crime analyses, population distribution, predictive models, etc.)

 

Email address: bck@freese.com; bcking00@yahoo.com

Website(s): http://urisatexas.org/ ; https://www.linkedin.com/in/briancking

 

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