Joseph Holler

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography

 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 328

Dr. Holler is a human geographer and geographic information scientist. His research interests are in social vulnerability and adaptation in the context of climate change and environmental degradation. He uses geographic information systems, qualitative, participatory, and quantitative methods in his research. Holler's research intersects with work in political ecology, development geography, human dimensions of global change, and geographic information science.

Holler earned his bachelor of arts degree from Ithaca College in 2003, with majors in media studies, computer science, and anthropology/archeology. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania to work in secondary schools as an information technology administrator, teacher and technician. Two years of teaching and development work inspired him to learn more about the structural causes of poverty and environmental degradation and seek out methods to address them.

Holler enrolled in the geography doctoral program and geographic information science (GIScience) IGERT doctoral fellowship at the University at Buffalo, where he integrated studies of GIScience, economic geography, and ecosystem conservation/restoration. He applied his studies in an internship with the Jane Goodall Institute and subsequently developed dissertation research on social vulnerability and adaptation on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Holler completed his degree September 2012 and started teaching human geography and GIS at the University of Mary Washington. This year he is further developing his teaching skills in Middlebury College's innovative GIS curriculum.

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Course List: 

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GEOG 0100 - Place And Society      

Place and Society: Local to Global
This course is an introduction to how geographers view the world and contribute to our understanding of it. Where do the phenomena of human experience occur? Why are they there? What is the significance? These questions are fundamental for explaining the world at different scales from the global to the local. Throughout, we will focus on the spatial basis of society, its continual reorganization through time, and how various human and environmental problems can be usefully analyzed from a geographic perspective. (Open only to first-year students and sophomores) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab DED SOC

Fall 2015

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GEOG 0120 - Fundamentals of GIS      

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
This course introduces fundamental concepts and methods of geographic information systems (GIS): computer systems for processing location-based data. Through a sequence of applied problems, students will practice how to conceive, gather, manage, analyze, and visualize geographic datasets. Major topics will include raster and vector data structures and operations, geographic frameworks, 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 2014, Spring 2015

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GEOG 0212 - Urban Geography      

Urban Geography
Urban landscapes are the expression of economic, political, and socio-cultural processes layered on top of each other in particular time-space contexts. In this course, students will theoretically and empirically examine the complex and dynamic urban landscape. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of the location of cities within a larger global economic system of cities, along with the internal organization of economic, cultural, and social functions within cities. We will also examine the processes behind contemporary urban issues such as homelessness, boosterism, urban renewal, gentrification, poverty, and crime. 3 hrs. lect. NOR SOC

Fall 2015

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GEOG 0328 - GIS for the Developing World      

GIS for the Developing World
In this course we will explore the opportunities and challenges of using geographic information systems (GIS) to study population and environmental change in least developed countries. Students will learn techniques to overcome the digital divide in countries with scarce data and low technological capacity, drawing on examples from Africa. In labs and independent projects, we will use open source software and data, learn how to control for data errors and quality, digitize and classify satellite images, analyze change over time, and practice participatory GIS. Throughout the course, we will critically reflect on how GIS affects our understanding and governance of society and the environment. (GEOG 0120) 3 hrs. lect./disc./3 hrs. lab AAL DED SOC

Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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Department of Geography

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