Joseph Kerski

Session: Nature: Landscapes Lost & Found

Talk Title: Whys of Where

A good map helps you to ask a better question.


Joseph Kerski is a geographer who believes that mapping and geotechnologies can transform education and society through better decision-making using the geographic perspective. He holds three degrees in Geography. He served for 22 years as geographer and cartographer at NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and the US Geological Survey. He teaches online and face-to-face courses at primary and secondary schools, through MOOCs, and universities such as Sinte Gleska University, Penn State, and the University of Denver. Since 2006, he has served as Education Manager for Esri, with emphasis on thought leadership in geospatial technologies in formal and informal education at all levels, internationally. He focuses on GIS-based curriculum development, research in the effectiveness of GIS in education, professional development for educators, communication about the need for geographic skills, tools, and perspectives through keynote addresses, articles, social media, and workshops, and fostering partnerships to support GIS in education. Joseph is active in creating and teaching online courses in spatial thinking and geotechnologies. He has written books such as Interpreting Our World, Spatial Mathematics, International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools, The Essentials of the Environment, Tribal GIS, and The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data. Joseph is focused on advancing spatial thinking and GIS in education and society. He writes for 3 blogs – one on GIS in education, one on careers in environmental science, and one on spatial data. He has created over 4,000 videos about geography, STEM, education, GIS, GPS, and remote sensing, mapping, space and place, and fieldwork. Joseph encourages you to keep making a positive difference on the planet!
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