Dara SeidlAssociate Professor of Geographic Information Systems
- Ph.D. in Geography, San Diego State University and University of California at Santa Barbara
- M.S. in Geographic Information Science, San Diego State University
- B.A. in Geography and French, Colgate University
Dara is a geographer and GIScientist who loves to help students effectively capture, produce, analyze, display, and communicate geographic data. She strives to create classroom experiences to position students for success after graduation. Spatial analysis and mapping skills can open doors to a wide set of employment opportunities, and Dara enjoys designing interactive exercises to foster creativity and spatial problem-solving across disciplines.
Dara's teaching of GIS is informed by ten years of GIS industry experience on a wide range of transportation, health, environmental, business, and demographic projects. Her goal is to help students apply the tools and techniques of GIS to issues that interest them and are helpful to their communities.
Dara is also passionate about incorporating ethics into geography education. Her scholarly research centers on geoprivacy, which is the right of individuals to control their personal location data. She was named a 2019-2020 EthicalGEO Fellow by the American Geographical Society to develop an educational toolbox of short films on geoprivacy. She regularly published on cartographic techniques to protect privacy in mapping and societal reactions to personal location collection.
Outside the classroom, Dara is an avid trail runner and eager to get out and explore the fascinating geography of the Rocky Mountain region.