Department of Geography and the Environment

Geography Society Speaker Series: David Shore and Joe Gieselman

Tue, April 15, 2014 | CLA 1.108

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The University of Texas Geography Society is an undergraduate student group dedicated to providing a fun social outlet for students interested in geography, support for participation in undergraduate research, and professional development through speaker series, k-12 educational outreach, workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Please join the Geography Society for their Spring 2014 speaker series.

On April 15th, there will be two guest speakers-


Part A: David Shore

Geographic Information System (GIS) Coordinator, Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources

Use of GIS in Policy Development at Travis County

David Shore graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental/Resource Studies and Wildlife Biology from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) in 1999.

He has 15 years of GIS experience including private and public sectors. He began his career shortly after graduation as a GIS Technician for AverStar Inc. He became Production Coordinator overseeing the hypsography contract for the State’s StratMap project, where he was responsible for 100% acceptance of all contract deliverables. In 2002, he joined the Planning Department at the City of Cedar Park, Texas. While there, he provided GIS support including data capture, analysis, data management, geographic data research, decision making support and interagency coordination. He also expanded the use of GIS throughout other City Departments. Prior to joining Travis County, he worked for the City of Austin, Watershed Protection Department, providing GIS support and analysis with an emphasis on floodplain issues. He joined Travis County, TNR, in 2007. He has provided support on a range of projects, from landfill issues to Balcones Canyonland Preserve funding analysis. He has been GIS Coordinator since 2009 overseeing, advocating, supporting and planning for GIS use/implementation throughout the County.

Part B:  Joe Gieselman

Executive Manager, Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources (1993-2011)

Climate-Induced Migration: Perfect Marriage or Perfect Storm

Joe Gieselman received his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

He was appointed by the Travis County Commissioners Court to be Executive Manager of Transportation and Natural Resources in 1993 and served in that position until his retirement in 2011.  He has held various management and professional positions with Travis County, the Cities of Houston, and San Antoinio, Texas and was the Study Coordinator for the Austin Transportation Study between 1979 and 1989.  He served as Technical Advisor to various municipalities in the Republic of Venezuela.  He is currently working to become a professional sculptor.

For more information, please visit the Geography Society facebook page or contact Rachel Snavely, Vice President of the Geography Society- Academic and Professional Development. Current students, alumni, staff, and faculty welcome to attend.

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