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.

Read this special message from Dr. Laituri.


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 Coordinator

Elizabeth is a GIS educator and enthusiast, teaches GIS in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and serves as the Centroid’s Education Coordinator. 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 2019)

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.


Tabitha Covey

Tabitha Covey is new to the Centroid and working with the National Western Center projects’s spatial needs as well as updating this website. She is a second year M.S. candidate in the College of Agriculture at Colorado State University, with a focus on understanding crop rotations and consumptive water use through spatial analysis.  She has a B.S. in Soil and Crop Science, also from CSU and when she is not studying or creating maps, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking (and eating) great food and travelling.


Mariah Wang
Mariah Wang is a 4th year Civil and Environmental engineering student at Colorado State University, who has a strong passion in making engineering designs for a good cause. She worked on the Department of State Secondary Cities Initiative and indexing for the Semester at Sea projects. Her spirit animal is a beaver.




Other Centroid Interns include:

MJ Redwine


Ned Molder


Profiles coming soon!