Bill Hegman

GIS Specialist/Teaching Fellow

 Monday and Thursday 1:30 - 3:30
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 315



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

GEOG0120 - Spatial Thinking with GIS      

Spatial Thinking with Geographic Information Systems
This course applies spatial thinking (integrating spatial concepts, spatial representations, and spatial reasoning) using geographic information systems (computer systems for processing location-based data). Students will learn to frame and solve a sequence of applied problems with GIS across a wide range of topics, including environmental planning, biogeography and conservation biology, environmental justice, political geography, and urban geography. Fundamental concepts and methods of GIS will include raster and vector data structures and operations, geographic frameworks, error and uncertainty, and principles of cartographic design. (First semester first year students and second semester seniors by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab. DED SOC

Spring 2013

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GEOG0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Junior majors only. (Approval Required)

Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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GEOG1007 - Geospatial Business Trends      

Putting Business on the Map: Today’s Geospatial Industry
In this course we will explore the key practices, players, and products in the geospatial industry and the industries it serves. How are businesses using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to improve their processes today? What are the biggest hurdles in implementing geospatial solutions? Which companies and advances (i.e., cloud computing, big data analytics) are driving change in geospatial technologies? Through a series of interactive case studies, guest speakers, and field visits, we will examine how GIS is being deployed in the energy, retail, government, and agriculture industries. Students will analyze how cost, technical scalability, accessibility, partnerships, and competition between industry leaders and emerging tech companies results in both innovation and—at times—stagnation across the industry. (GEOG 0120 or by approval). WTR

Winter 2016

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GEOG1024 / ENVS1024 - Conserv. Land Mgmnt Practice      

Conservation and Land Management in Practice
In this place-based course, we will investigate land conservation and resource management at numerous spatial scales centered on the northern forest of Vermont and New York. Studying the application of conservation tools and practices from site to landscape scales, we will explore issues including forest and wildlife management, recreational use, educational programming, public-private partnerships, and history of land conservation and use in these contested spaces. We will focus on three public-private conservation stories to glean local, regional, and national contexts and hear numerous perspectives on successes and challenges. Group projects will compare and contrast land conservation initiatives in other regions. WTR

Winter 2014, Winter 2017

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Research Areas

Natural Resource Allocation
Community Development and Planning

Bill has worked worldwide on geographic information systems (GIS) projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Botswana, Lesotho, Bulgaria, and Uzbekistan.


B.S., Penn State, Pennsylvania

M.S., University of Vermont


Department of Geography

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
287 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753