Melinda Laituri – Director

Dr. Melinda Laituri is a Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at CSU. Her interests include exploring how GIS is used for research, developing cultural data layers for GIS natural resource issues, and watershed management.

Sophia Linn – Assistant Director

Sophia is the Assistant Director of the Geospatial Centroid at CSU and manages its daily operations. She has been involved with geography and GIS education efforts for over 25 years at the local, regional, state and national levels. She holds a B.A. in Geography from UCLA and a M.A. in Geography from CU-Boulder. When not at the Centroid, Sophia can be found exploring Fort Collins and places farther afield, while keeping track of her increasingly global and adventurous three daughters.

Elizabeth Tulanowski – Education Advisor

Elizabeth is a GIS educator and enthusiast, teaches GIS in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and serves as the Centroid’s Education Advisor. She got her start in GIS in 1997 working on the New York State GAP Analysis Project, a summer research job that led to a lifelong career. She has a B.S. in Natural Resources and an M.S. in GIS from Cornell University.  Elizabeth worked for 8 years as a GIS instructor for Esri, taught GIS for 6 years at Front Range Community College, and specializes in Spatial Analysis/spatial problem solving, Python scripting, and the ArcGIS Desktop suite.

Current Interns (Spring 2018)

Riley Ross

Riley Ross is a Senior at Colorado State University studying Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. He has strong interest in spatial technologies. In his varied career at the Geospatial Centroid Riley has worked on projects on topics ranging from the protected areas and species of Colorado to the American Civil War’s Gunboats to mapping windmills. When he’s not sitting down at a desk busy with his latest GIS fascination, you could probably find him in the kitchen cooking something for his latest dinner party or outside somewhere enjoying the company of his lab/husky mix Luna.


Kirk Saylor

A Graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, Kirk also has an B.S. in Foreign Service, an M.A. in International Security from Georgetown, and an M.A. in Information Technology from Johns Hopkins University. Kirk is particularly interested in documenting and modeling human-environment interactions using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  His current research is focused on adaptation to climate change, water scarcity, and wildfire for populations living in threshold environments (e.g. coastal and montane settings). He has traveled to many places around the world including Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Germany, Lebanon, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, and Switzerland.  In his free time, Kirk enjoys Climbing, Cycling, Gardening, Geography, Kayaking, Mountaineering, and Reading.


Danielle Davis

Danielle began interning at the Centroid fall semester 2016 after moving to Fort Collins the month before. As a Michigan State University alumna–class of 2014–she has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a minor in Geographic Information Sciences and Environmental and Sustainability Studies.  The last two years, Danielle used Geography and GIS as a transportation planner with the Michigan Department of Transportation. Since starting at the Geospatial Centroid, Danielle has been able to work on a variety of projects, including alternative transportation at CSU, Secondary Cities, and vegetation mapping with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands at CSU. New to the area, Danielle has enjoyed seeing, doing and tasting all the opportunities the Front Range offers!

Joanitha Vogl

P.J. Seel

Robert Ower

Sami Slenker

Thadd Strom

Matt Edrich

Joshua Otis

Marcos Rosell Perez

Greg Barosh

Ely Roberts