By: Casey McLaughlin
I am the GIS Lead for USEPA Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) Environmental Services Division and a general Geospatial Enthusiast. I have worked with the EPA (first as a contractor and now as full-time staff) since 2003 and have contributed to a variety of projects ranging from cartographic maps to web mapping to enterprise data management to web applications to scripting to calculating weight-loading ratios for laden African and European Swallows.
My background is in Geography (and history, education, philosophy, computers) but I spent a great deal of graduate school studying about China, Kansas dust (the Arikaree Breaks are awesome), and the global coastal zone (Yes, Kansas is FAR from the current ocean but at least Kansas was an ocean!)…all while attending the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!).
I have always enjoyed science fiction and found myself constantly referring to Tolkien’s maps while reading the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was over-joyed when I found out someone had taken the time and made a map of the island from Lost….and Springfield from the Simpsons…..
I enjoy reading, thinking, and sharing about technology and science (and sci-fi and the apocalypse). I like the idea of having a smart phone but have not bothered getting one (Do I really need one?) I have an Android 9/2012. If I were smarter, I would pursue study extracting vacuum energy (Zero-Point) or time and relative dimensions in space.
I’m writing this blog because I’m interested in generating and sharing ideas about geospatial data and the environment. I believe we should be thinking about what and why we’re doing something rather than just doing it because that’s what we’ve always done. I hope this blog will be a free-flowing intelligence exchange.