GIS Online Coordinator, Instructor and Advisor
Education: M.S. Environmental Science, UWF 2007; Graduate Certificate in GIS, UWF, 2006; B.S. Environmental Studies (Policy), UWF 2005
Specialty: GIS for Coastal and Environmental Applications
Phone Number: 850-857-6121
Office: Building 13, Rm. 313 - Pensacola Main Campus
Instructs: GIS 4043 - Introduction to GIS and GIS 4930 -Special Topics in GIS
About me: Before I was the coordinator of the Online GIS Certificate Program at UWF, I worked as a GIS analyst for both private and federal government sectors. Examples of experience include using Lidar data to help determine the Sensitivity of Post-Hurricane Beach and Dune Recovery to Event Frequency, compiling a slew of nutrient data for the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Project for GIS modeling purposes as a student contractor for EPA, and working on various GIS projects across the Gulf coast region ranging from beach berm analysis, flood mapping, hurricane impact analyses and inundation mapping as a contractor with Gulf Coast GIS, LLC. I’ve been involved with the Online GIS Certificate Program from the time of its conception in 2004, working under its founder Stuart Hamilton, PhD at various capacities from TA, GA, course developer, instructor, and finally to coordinator in 2008.
Currently, I manage the Online GIS Certificate Program as a whole including curriculum, hardware, admissions, staff and student advising. I also oversee CEU GIS course offerings through Continuing Education. I develop relationships with internal and external agencies to support Online GIS at UWF and place student interns. When I’m not attending to the needs of the program, I’m sharing GIS capabilities with local schools, clubs, and professional groups. It’s a personal goal of mine to involve GIS in area K-12 schools and to increase the use of GIS in area businesses. I also like to day dream about new GIS applications.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family at beautiful locations the Florida Panhandle has to offer. We like to travel whenever possible too; mostly to parks and especially beaches.
Trisha Holtzclaw - Instructor
Education: Graduate Certificate in GIS, University of West Florida 2006; M.S. Environmental Science, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2000; B.S. Geography, Texas A&M University, 1995
Specialty: GIS for Environmental Applications
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
About me: Before working at the University of West Florida, I taught at Montgomery College located in Rockville, MD. I have also worked as an Environmental Scientist for both public and private entities across the country. Originally, I learned DOS ARC/INFO but also completed the GIS Certificate Program in order to stay current as well as prepare myself to teach for this program.
My spouse recently retired from the military; therefore I have had the distinct pleasure of living and working all over the United States. When not traveling all over the world with my family, I can be found most of the time watching my children's sporting events.
Kathryn Leah Lewis, GISP- Assistant Coordinator/Instructor
Education: M.S. Environmental Science, UWF, 2011; Graduate Certificate in GIS, UWF, 2010; B.A. Geography, Auburn University, 2003; Certified GIS Professional, (GISP).
Specialty: Urban & Regional Planning, GIS Applications for the Environmental Industry, GIS Education and Career Training Programs
Phone Number: 850-857-6121
Email Address: Lewis@uwf.edu
Office: UWF Building 13, Room 313
Instructs: GIS3015 Cartographic Skills, GIS 4944 GIS Internship, GIS 4048 Applications in GIS and GIS Training Academy Courses
About me: I have over a decade of experience using GIS, most of which was in private environmental consulting. Previous projects include transmission line siting studies for major utilities in Florida and highest/best-use analysis for a large timber corporation. Interests include GIS applications in industry, cartographic design, spatial analysis, land use planning, and most importantly GIS education.
As a graduate student, my focus dealt with land management of the Florida manatee using a pairwise comparison model and GIS. I enjoy taking real-world applications from my previous work-experience and spinning them into online GIS exercises. When not at my computer, I am a busy mother of two small boys and enjoy spending time outdoors.
Brian Fulfrost - Instructor
Education: M.S. Anthropology, University of Arizona
Specialty: GIS for Sustainable Planning and Urban Design
Email Address: email@example.com
Instructs: GIS4035 with Lab - Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing
About me: Brian is currently founding principal at Brian Fulfrost and Associates in Oakland, CA. For nearly 20 years, he has been using and teaching the use of geospatial technologies in natural resource management and conservation, as well as in sustainable planning and urban design. Brian obtained his master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, where he utilized GIS and remote sensing for Native American tribal governments on a range of natural and cultural resource management projects. Before moving to Oakland, Brian taught GIS in the Environmental Studies department at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) and is currently an adjunct lecturer at San Francisco State University and at the University of West Florida.
Brian has been a strong advocate for the use of GIS, remote sensing and related technologies to assist decision makers, land and resource managers and urban planners to make more informed decisions. As a result of this commitment, Brian has also served on a number of advisory committees throughout his career (both for government and non-profits) where his experience with utilizing technology to meet conservation and sustainability goals has provided assistance in helping those organizations meet their own goals. Brian is currently using multispectral Ikonos satellite imagery to map changes to marshes and sediment for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project in San Francisco Bay, the largest tidal wetland restoration project outside of the Everglades.
Scott Palumbo - Instructor
Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 2009; M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2004; B.A. Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 2001
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructs: GIS 4990/5990 - GIS Applications for Archaeology, GIS 499x/599x - Special Topics in GIS for Archaeology
Specialty: I am an archaeologist specializing in the comparative study of small complex societies, particularly those found in southern Central America and northern South America. My research deals with understanding how political organization developed, persisted and waned over time. Besides GIS applications, I specialize in quantitative techniques, household archaeology and regional survey.
About me: I have worked as an archaeologist in both contract (CRM) and academic capacities. I currently conduct research in Panama, Costa Rica and Illinois, but I have also worked in Peru, New England and Florida. Prior to my current position, I taught at Oglala Lakota College and the University of Pittsburgh.
Archaeology has allowed me to pursue what would ordinarily be my outside-of-work interests, which are travel, hiking and camping. I love visiting amazing places, collaborating with interesting people and pursuing fascinating research questions. Archaeology is a team effort, and I encourage interested students to contact me for more details regarding fieldwork opportunities. Having grown up in Connecticut, I now reside in northern Illinois with my wife, son and two cats.
Zhiyong Hu - Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Georgia
Specialty: Dr. Zhiyong Hu specializes in applications of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial analysis and modeling in urban land use/cover dynamics, environmental studies, and environmental health.
Email Address: email@example.com
Office: UWF Building 13, Room 320
Instructs (for Online GIS): GIS 5100 - GIS Applications, GIS 5935 - Special Topics in GIS and GIS 5945 -GIS Internship
Penelope Bishop Mitchell - GIS Analyst & Developer
Education: M.S. Environmental Science, UWF, 2011; B.S. Environmental Science, UWF, 2007.
Specialty: GIS & Ecosystem Restoration
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructs: GIS 3015/L Cartographic Skills and GIS 4048 Applications in GIS, GIS Training Academy
About me: I am a graduate of the UWF Environmental Studies B.S., GIS certificate, and Environmental Science M.S. programs. I worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Ecosystem Restoration Section for 5 years. While with DEP, I used GIS as a valuable tool in performing land use analyses to determine site suitability for various habitat restoration projects. Post DEP, my husband and I traveled around the world volunteering on projects ranging from rain water harvesting infrastructure in the Andes, organic farming in Argentina, to sheep farming and wetland restoration in New Zealand. Upon our return, we took up residence at my husband's family's farm in Luverne, Alabama. Here we are interested in sustainable living practices and working to convert parts of the farm back to the native longleaf pine ecosystem. I am enjoying working with the UWF GIS Certificate Program as it is a valuable program that is constantly being reinvented and improved upon by the ever creative and perseverant UWF GIS Team.
Tony Cano - Graduate Assistant
Education: M.S. Environmental Science, anticipated Fall 2013; M.P.A, Valdosta State University, 2011; B.S. Environmental Geosciences, Valdosta State University, 2009.
Specialty: GIS, Geomorphology, Policy
Email Address: email@example.com
Office: UWF Building 13, Room 222
GIS Lab Guru for: GIS4035/L - Remote Sensing
About me: I am originally from Belize. I moved to Pensacola in January of 2011 to begin work on my M.S. in Environmental Science. I am now currently in my final semester of study as a graduate student at UWF. I had previously earned degrees (B.S. & M.P.A.) at Valdosta State University. While I took some undergraduate coursework in GIS, I am somewhat of a late bloomer when it comes to GIS, as I didn't develop an interest in this field until I arrived at UWF. Since being at UWF, I have worked with the Department of Environmental Studies as a GTA for a variety of their in-class labs. Over this summer, I had the opportunity to assist courses with the Online Program which ultimately led to me transitioning over as a GA for the Online Program. In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing and spending time with the good people I've met in Pensacola. I can often be found at the beach or at the pool. I am also a big sports fan, and in the fall and early spring, I will almost exclusively be spending my Sundays watching 49ers (& maybe sometimes Packers) football.
Tanya Gallagher - GIS Analyst & Instructional Assistant
Education: M.S. Environmental Science, 2012
Specialty: Urban Climatology
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: UWF Building 13, Room 313
About me: I am a native to Pensacola, Florida and grew up enjoying the area's lovely white beaches. I received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and my GIS certificate from UWF in May of 2010. During my time as an undergraduate, I had several internships in which I used GIS to help further understand the dynamic of coastal environments. GIS is a wonderful tool to supplement the study of not only environmental concerns, but issues in most any field of research.
Brittney Markle - Graduate Assistant
Education: M.S. Environmental Science, UWF, anticipated spring 2015; B.S. Earth Science (Geography), University of Memphis, 2011.
Specialty: GIS & Remote Sensing
Email address: email@example.com
Office: UWF Building 13, Room 222
GIS Lab Guru for: GIS3015 GIS4043, GIS4102/5103, GIS4930/5935
About me: I am currently in my first semester of graduate school pursuing my master's degree in Environmental Science. I received my undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geography in 2011 from the University of Memphis (Go Tigers Go!). While pursuing my undergraduate degree I held an internship position with the Center for Partnerships in GIS at the University of Memphis and continued to work with CPGIS as a GIS technician following graduation. GIS is an exciting technology that can be applied to a large range of disciplines. My experience with GIS has involved working with community partners on projects geared towards solving and understanding real world problems.
I am assisting the teaching assistants for the Intro to GIS and Cartography courses and the TA for the GIS Programming course. When I'm not perfecting my GIS skills you can find me relaxing in my hammock with a good book, listening to live music, or on some kind of outdoor adventure with my bike, kayak, or hiking boots.
Sharon Cobb - Online Campus Coordinator
Sharon enrolls all online GIS students in our Certificate Program courses.
Office: Building 77, Room 158
About me: Hello, my name is Sharon Cobb. I have worked at UWF for the past 20 years & started assisting with the GIS Online Certification Program since the time of its conception in 2004. It has been a joy to watch this program develop & grow over the years. I am responsible for getting the GIS students cleared & registered for the GIS classes each semester. When I am not at work, I enjoy reading & watching my grandchildren grow.