Joseph Kerski is a geographer who believes that spatial analysis through digital mapping can transform education and society through better decision-making using the geographic perspective. He holds three degrees in Geography. For 21 years, he served as geographer and cartographer at NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and the US Geological Survey. He teaches online and face-to-face courses at primary and secondary schools, through MOOCs, and universities such as Sinte Gleska University and the University of Denver. Since 2006, he has served as Education Manager for Esri, focused on thought leadership in geospatial technology education. This includes curriculum development, research in the effectiveness of GIS in education, professional development for educators, and fostering partnerships to support GIS in education at all levels, internationally.
Joseph has authored books such as Spatial Mathematics, Interpreting Our World—100 Discoveries that Revolutionized Geography, The Essentials of the Environment, Tribal GIS, and The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data, as well as 25 chapters, 100 articles, 500 lessons, 750 blog essays, and 4,000 videos. When not doing these things, Joseph might be found hiking through a field in a geography tie to an intersection of a full degree of latitude and longitude.