Joseph Bishop
Visiting Lecturer, ARC 682

Dr. Bishop is an expert in problem solving with geospatial tools to address issues across a range of conservation, land use change, regional planning, and water quality questions. He is experienced in aerial image interpretation, GIS instruction, and GIS course design as well as international course development and ecotourism evaluation.

His work over the past 35 years primarily consists of applying GIS related technologies to ecological studies and environmental resource analyses and planning. His early career phases included work as an environmental planner/aerial photographer with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, with The Nature Conservancy’s Natural Heritage program, in Connecticut, and then for the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS), in Costa Rica, where he assisted with the installation of the GIS at their La Selva Biological Research Station. This experience led him to the Pennsylvania State University where he became the Geospatial Coordinator for Riparia, a research center in the Department of Geography. Along with GIS, image interpretation and mapping, his responsibilities included application of GIScience to the conceptual design of most of Riparia’s extensive portfolio of research projects. In addition he was an instructor and advisor for Penn State’s online Masters in GIS program where he taught Environmental Applications and Conservation GIS. In 2015, he left Penn State to pursue GeoSpatial consulting focusing primarily on Conservation GIS applications.

In addition to his formal positions, over the past 24 years he has worked internationally with the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER), and locally (17 years) with the ClearWater Conservancy in State College. For the ACEER he taught GIS training courses to governmental, academic, and private research groups on site in Peru; conducted several ecotourism review projects, assisted with courses on medicinal plants and conservation medicine, and currently serves on the ACEER’s Science and Education Advisory Committee. For ClearWater Conservancy, he served on the Board of Directors for 13 years and continues to be active on the Land Conservation and Stewardship Committee to advise on land protection and strategic planning.