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Sep 2015 - Aug 2016
Dr. Melinda Laituri is a professor of geography in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is the Director of the Geospatial Centroid at CSU. She is a Fulbright Scholar to Botswana at the Center for Scientific Research, Indigenous Knowledge, and Innovation, University of Botswana. She is Rachel Carson Fellow for Environment and Society at the Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich. Professor Laituri is a former National Science Foundation program officer in Geography and Spatial Sciences. She is a Jefferson Science Fellow where she works on the Secondary Cities Initiative part of the State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit activities. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in Geography and held a three-year tenure track position at University of Auckland, New Zealand before joining Colorado State University. Dr. Laituri has taught the graduate GIS courses at CSU emphasizing the use of GIS in research applications. She has integrated spatial literacy into her undergraduate watershed science courses and at the CSU Mountain Campus field-based course. Her research interests include geospatial technologies in participatory resource assessment, disaster management, and water resources. She has worked throughout the world with indigenous peoples on resource management issues using participatory mapping approaches.