Edward González-Tennant presented the first faculty forum of the 2011-2012 year on October 5, 2011, in the Wilson Hall Auditorium. His talk was titled GIS & You: A Cross-Disciplinary Introduction to Spatial Analysis.
It is often said that eighty percent of all decisions and work undertaken in both the research and public sectors has a spatial aspect. A geographic information system (GIS) allows individuals and organizations to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in new and exciting ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. In addition to introducing the basics of GIS, Dr. Gonzalez-Tennant explored how this technology is utilized by various industries with examples from archaeology, business, emergency response, and environmental sciences. The goal of this presentation was to introduce faculty to the GIS resources available at Monmouth University and explain how GIS can be incorporated into their teaching, research, and community outreach.
Edward González-Tennant is an archaeologist trained in the USA and New Zealand. His early experiences with geographic information systems (GIS) included the collection and interpretation of remotely sensed data for archaeology. His recent work and publications focus on spatial database design and the utility of GIS for answering complex questions concerning social inequality in the past and present. This includes the exploration of 3D GIS, data visualization, and virtual world environments as a form of community outreach.
Dr. González-Tennant earned his doctorate from the University of Florida’s Department of Anthropology and his MS from Michigan Technological University. He has conducted research in the US, Caribbean, Norway, and New Zealand. His GIS experience includes working closely with researchers and professionals in real estate, tourism, forestry, and the social sciences.