Our Lead Faculty within the GIST program bring a variety of expertise and years of educational and research experience in geospatial sciences. All of our faculty are recognized as Graduate Faculty in GIST by the University and hold advanced degrees, along with a variety of professional experiences. Students will be exposed to multi-displinary perspectives related to GIST research and application. Many of our faculty hold additional appointments with departments across campus and several serve as Faculty Fellows within the Center for Geospatial Analytics.
Perver Korca Baran, PhD
Perver is a Research Associate Professor of GIS with the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a joint appointment in the PhD in Design Program in the College of Design. Perver’s research improves our understanding of how natural and built environments contribute to active living, health, quality of life, and sustainability. In particular, her most recent research utilizes GIS, space syntax, and immersive virtual environments to understand how urban, neighborhood, and open space environments support physical activity, park use, safety, neighborhood resilience, and quality of urban life. Perver teaches Advanced Geospatial Analytics, Research Methods in Design, and Research Paradigms in Design. She holds PhD and Masters degrees in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Beyond research and teaching, Perver enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling with her family.
Erin Hestir, PhD
Courses | GIS 595
Erin Hestir’s research uses airborne high spectral and high spatial imaging spectroscopy, LiDAR and satellite remote sensing coupled with in situ sensor networks and long term monitoring programs earth’s systems under threat for water and food security and biodiversity. Dr. Hestir is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, is a member of the international GEO Biodiversity Observation Network Freshwater working group and the GEO Inland and Coastal Water Quality working group. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from UC Davis and a B.A. in Physical Geography from UC Berkeley. Dr. Hestir’s favorite animal is the kangaroo.
Aaron Hipp, PhD
Aaron is an Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Geospatial Analytics. His research considers how, where, and why our public built environments impact health behaviors such as physical activity and recreation, and he uses emerging technologies and crowdsourcing to study the interaction between built environments and community health behaviors. His work attempts to improve spatial uncertainty in built environment and physical activity research. Aaron joined the Center as a Faculty Fellow in Fall 2015.
James McCarter, PhD
James McCarter is a Teaching Associate Professor with the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, College of Natural Resources. His research and teaching areas include silviculture, density management, forest mensuration, growth and yield modeling, inventory assessment, geospatial analytics, landscape management, biomass and carbon estimation and assessment, and forest visualization. James received a BS in Forestry in 1981 and an MF in Forest Management/Silviculture in 1984, both from Utah State University. He received his Ph.D. in Silviculture and Protection from the University of Washington in 2001. He has been involved in a number of regional and national research efforts investigating biomass and carbon availability and impacts along with developing forest management software applications and delivery of education and outreach using distance education technologies. He lives in Raleigh and splits his time between teaching GIS classes in the Master of Geospatial information Science and Technology (MGIST) program and conducting growth and yield research and analysis on carbon in US National Forests.
Ross Meentemyer, PhD
Ross provides strategic direction and oversight for the Center’s programs and initiatives in research and teaching. He works passionately across disciplinary boundaries to develop innovative analytics for scenario-based modeling and visualization of sustainable solutions to complex natural resource challenges. Ross is Professor of Geospatial Analytics in the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program and faculty member in the College of Natural Resources. Prior to joining NC State, Ross was Professor of Geography and Executive Director of the Center for Applied GIScience at UNC Charlotte. He has been principal investigator of numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, USDA, RENCI, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, among others, which have produced innovative decision-making tools ranging from spatial-temporal simulations used to detect the spread of infectious forest diseases to forecasts of alternative futures of urban sustainability over large megaregions. According to Ross, “everything is spatial and location matters in science, society and decision-making processes.”
Helena Mitasova, PhD
Dr. Mitasova is Associate Director of Geovisualization in the Center for Geospatial Analytics and a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her research uses tangible geospatial modeling, dynamic simulations of landscape processes, and analysis of LiDAR/UAV time series data to investigate coastal evolution, soil erosion control, and sustainable land management. Dr. Mitasova is a member of the OSGeo Foundation Board of Directors and the Open Source GRASS GIS Project Steering Committee. She has developed graduate courses based on Free and Open Source Geospatial Software, including the Geospatial Modeling and Analysis course, UAV/Lidar Data Analytics course and an advanced special topics course on Multidimensional Geospatial Modeling.
Eric Money, PhD
Dr. Eric Money is the current Associate Director of Professional Education in the Center for Geospatial Analytics and serves as the director of the MGIST and Graduate GIS Certificate programs. His research interests span the areas of geostatistics and space/time mapping as it applies to the interface of water and public health, with a focus on decision-support and modeling. Dr. Money received his BS in Biology & Environmental Studies from Wake Forest University and his MS and PhD in Environmental Sciences & Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill. In his spare time Dr. Money enjoys running and amateur photography, though typically not at the same time.
Stacy Nelson, PhD
Courses | GIS 512
Stacy is an Associate Professor with the Center for Geospatial Analytics, the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, and the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Science Program at North Carolina State University. Stacy applies geospatial and statistical techniques to assess landscape, habitat, and ecosystem spatial problems. He uses remote sensing and geospatial technologies for understanding impacts of land change on aquatic systems at both regional and local scales. Stacy has personal and continued interests in developing opportunities to collaborate, share, and learn within and across disciplines, as well as taking these experiences outside of the academic environment and into the community.
Bill Slocumb, MGIST
Courses | GIS 550 | GIS 595
Bill is a research associate with over 20 years of geospatial information science and systems experience and the coordinator of the National Park Service GIS Research, Development and Technical Support Center for the Northeast Region. His research involves design and development of geospatial data structures and cloud-based infrastructure to implement custom decision support systems using Internet and web-based protocols. In addition, Bill assesses scalable database and infrastructure solutions for disseminating geospatial and tabular data using desktop and web-based GIS platforms. Bill uses his research to develop and teach graduate and professional GIS&T curricula.
Charlynne Smith, GISP
Courses | GIS 590
Charlynne is a research associate with the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Her research focuses on human dimensions of natural resource management (NRM), specifically in evaluating the use of geospatial technologies as a communication medium within NRM networks and across organizational boundaries. Her current research examines the factors that influence capacity for adoption, dissemination and implementation of innovative technologies. Charlynne has developed graduate courses in the MGIST program and teaches the Geospatial Information Science Master’s Project Course – a full-immersion service learning course pairing students with community partners to solve real-world problems. Charlynne is a Ph.D. Candidate and a Certified GIS Professional (GISP). She is also a Fellow of the Natural Resource Leadership Institute (NRLI) and holds membership in the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE). Outside the office Charlynne enjoys the outdoors and hiking about with family and friends.
Stacy Supak, PhD
My path to arrive as a lead Masters of GIST online faculty and staff member has toured me through disciplines including Environmental Civil Engineering, Geology & Geophysics, and Tourism. At each bend in the road, my underlying love of efficiency and problem solving has been put to good use! When I am not helping students achieve their goals, I am likely spending time with my family… possibly walking my 90lb lab-rescue, putting together a puzzle or watching a movie.
Laura Tateosian, PhD
Laura Tateosian is a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Geospatial Analytics. She is a computer scientist with a research focus on visualizing geospatial-temporal data. She uses controlled studies and eye tracking technology to investigate innovative ways to represent and interact with geospatial data. Her work includes open-source natural resources database management and Web mapping, coastal terrain time-series visualization, aesthetic climatology data visualization, and narrative processing of geospatial content. Laura has developed graduate courses in geospatial algorithms and programming, including Principles of Geospatial Information Systems, Programming for GIS (in Python), and an advanced special topics course on Geospatial Visualization.
Ernie Hain, PhD
Courses | GIS 521
Dr. Hain is an adjunct Assistant Professor at NCSU and Habitat Biologist with NC Division of Marine Fisheries. He received an MS and PhD in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at NCSU. His research investigates the impacts of landscape and habitat alterations on the demographic rates, population connectivity, and persistence of marine fishes. He is also an avid handball player, and is happy to introduce new players to the sport.
Anju Singh, MGIST
Anju is a Graduate program associate with the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She is also an alumni of the MGIST program. For her Masters project she worked with the North Carolina Pediatric Society and developed an application for them to assist in making informed decisions for their society. The health field is a passion of hers and with knowledge of GIS, it can be of immense use for the community. She provides support to the Center for Geospatial Analytics by working with GIST graduate students from admissions through graduation. Outside of work Anju enjoys reading and spending time with her family.