Melinda Laituri | Director
Dr. Melinda Laituri is a professor of geography in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is a Fulbright Scholar having taught GIS at the University of Botswana and conducted research in the Center for Scientific Research, Indigenous Knowledge, and Innovation on participatory mapping and conservation planning. Professor Laituri is a Rachel Carson Fellow for Environment and Society at the Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, and a founding member of CSU’s Center for Environmental Justice. She is also a Jefferson Science Fellow where she was the principal investigator on the Secondary Cities Initiative, part of the State Department’s Office of the Geographer’s Humanitarian Information Unit mapping rapidly growing, under-examined cities. She received her PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona.
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 now enjoys being a GIS Instructor at CSU. She specializes in Spatial Analysis/spatial problem solving, Python scripting, mobile data collection, and the ArcGIS Desktop suite. When she’s not working with maps, Elizabeth enjoys time in the great outdoors with her husband, kids, and Samoyed dog.
Greg Newman | Cartographer/Web Mapping Lead
Greg is the cartographer/web mapping specialist at the Geospatial Centroid. He is also a research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at CSU and is the co-founder and director of CitSci.org – a global citizen science support platform supporting over 870 projects and curating over 1 million spatial measurements made by volunteers. He received his PhD from CSU in citizen science, community-based monitoring, and ecological informatics. His research focuses on designing and evaluating cyber-infrastructure systems for citizen science, understanding the socio-ecological outcomes of engaging the public in science, assessing the value of local and traditional ecological knowledge, and developing spatial-temporal decision support systems. Greg strives to create innovative ecological data management and visualization solutions (and maps!) to help communities solve place-based environmental challenges. He loves trail running, mountaineering, telemark skiing, backpacking, and spending time with his family.
Dan Carver | Geospatial Technical Manager
Dan Carver is a spatial scientist and educator working and living in Northern Colorado. His active projects center around the conservation of agriculturally-relevant biodiversity, reproducible reporting, and how best to convert information to understanding on a personal level. He enjoys running, cooking, and many of the other complexities of life on our planet.