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I am a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional consultant and work to provide practical and effective solutions to the GIS needs of public, private and non-profit initiatives.  I deliver practical approaches to measurement,  database development, custom tools, analysis, visualization, and clear communication that answer need to know questions for target audiences.  GIS is more than a technology resource and I pay particular attention to organizational practices, infrastructure and knowledge management to insure results are durable and valuable beyond the scope of work.

As a student of forestry and statistics at the University of Vermont (1986-1989) I mastered mapping skills for landscape and resource management.  Following three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador (1990-1994) I achieved a masters degree in geography and geographic information systems at the University of Washington (1996-1998).  I began doctoral studies at the University of Washington in 2001 achieved candidate status in 2002.

The majority of my work employs the Environmental Systems Research Institute's (ESRI) ArcGIS software suite. It is the choice of many institutions and organizations and I've been using it since 2000. The only thing better than knowing a tool's strengths is knowing its weaknesses. Since 2004 I've been using the Python programming language to overcome limitations and constraints creating new tools that automate data management, analysis, modeling and product production.   I am also a strong advocate of free and open source tools to deliver cost effective solutions to clients with limited resources.  

I make GIS work.

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Education

  • ​​I offer all clients a thorough needs assessment of the opportunities and possible solutions to the challenges they face with a written assessment of requirements to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Projects are often the outcomes of discrete information needs and actions or decisions that change the landscape. I provide support the work of database development, analysis, mapping and written report.
  • Geodesign is a new development in GIS and decision-making. I teach practical geodesign at the University of Washington and develop geodesign support tools for ArcGIS.  I can introduce your organization to geodesign and develop a program for successful implementation.
  • Custom software tools can improve productivity and quality while reducing costs.  Is your software cluttered with too many options, the wrong options or tasks that take too long to complete? I create tools that streamline work flows, improve accuracy and reduce redundancy.
  • The importance of organizational development or whole system perspective is too often overlooked. The connections between GIS technology and organizational practice needs to be coordinated.  Whether it is the link between GIS and decision making or alignment of database contents and organizational values, attention to the GIS / organization integration can improve effectiveness, reduce costs and encourage transparency.
  • If you want to develop, maintain or expand your GIS then you want to be informed by system design and assessment.  If your GIS is the product of response to incidental  or ad hoc opportunities or you're facing new obligations then you want to make decisions based on a clear understanding of the strengths or weaknesses of your GIS and develop a clear action plan.
  • GIS are well known for a constant stream of changes from developments, updates and new realms of application. Investments in training and instruction are the best way to insure you get the best return on investment from your GIS.  Changes to your GIS hardware and software or personnel responsibilities will be less disruptive when accompanied by appropriate training support.