Distinguished Speaker Series:

Timothy L Hawthorne

Timothy L. Hawthorne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems in the UCF Department of Sociology and UCF College of Sciences GIS Cluster

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708

Abstract:  The community is where mutually beneficial research and education outcomes are discovered together through the power of citizen science, maps, apps, and drones.  Citizen science GIS seeks to engage academics and community organizations/residents in shared knowledge production focused on community-engaged research that benefits real-world communities.

In this talk, we unravel the potential of engaging communities and science in meaningful collaboration.  We will highlight opportunities to use interactive and visual mapping technologies to share the spatial stories and knowledge of community members around the world to understand some of the most pressing challenges in coastal communities.

Together we will move beyond the idea of communities as merely dots on a map in research.  Instead, we offer the idea of communities as active contributors to science empowered through interactive technologies to understand the most challenging social and environmental issues of our time.

Learn more about the work of Citizen Science GIS at http://citizensciencegis.org

Biography:  Timothy L. Hawthorne is an assistant professor of geographic information systems (GIS) in the department of sociology.  He earned his Ph.D. in geography in 2010 from Ohio State University.  He is a broadly trained human geographer with deep interests in citizen science GIS, community geography, qualitative GIS, and critical GIS.

Professor Hawthorne is Principal Investigator of the Citizen Science GIS Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Orlando and Belize, funded by the National Science Foundation, and Co-Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation Coupled-Natural Human Systems Program.

He serves as Chair of the Applied Geography Specialty Group for the Association of American Geographers.  He also is an associate editor for both the Journal of Geography and The International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research and is the founding director of The Geospatial STEM Academy, a K-12 STEM initiative.