Teaching Fellow in Geography
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.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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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. (Open to GEOG and ENVS major only; first semester first year students and seniors by waiver)3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab.
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