David A. Parr

Academic Appointments

Visiting Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, Dartmouth College
Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Metropolitan State University of Denver

I see my discipline, Geographic Information Science (GIS) as the intersection of Geography and Computer Science – from which I have earned my degrees. Therefore, I want students to be able to think geographically – that is, to critically consider the dynamic spatial and temporal issues of a problem and to consider how scale and distance impact our human and physical environments. I also want them to think computationally – that is, to break problems into smaller components in a logical sequence and consider how a representation in a computer is related to the object in the real world. These skills – understanding spatial relations and logical problem solving – are critical skills in our discipline and in the wider world.

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My teaching and research interests in Geographic Information Science (GIS) include Volunteered Geographic Information, Space-Time Spatial Analysis and Modeling, GIS and Geography Education, and GIS and Society including Digital Places and Web GIS.

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Ph.D. Texas State University
M.Sc. Texas State University-San Marcos
B.Sc. Southern Methodist University,