Officers and Council Members

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Mr. John E. Gould, Esq.

Mr. John E. Gould, Esq.

Chairman

Mr. Gould is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CH Energy Group, Inc.; Former Partner and Member of Executive Committee, Thompson Hine LLP; Chairman, New Choral Society of Central Westchester; Former Vice President, Harvard Club of New York; Former Director, Harvard Law School Association of New York; Past President, Fordham College Alumni Association; Past President, Scarsdale Golf Club.

Dr. Jerome E. Dobson

Dr. Jerome E. Dobson

President

Jerome E. “Jerry” Dobson is an innovator and popular writer and speaker in the fields of geography and geographic information science. He is happiest at the ends of the earth, the cutting edge of technology, and the forefront of science. He has been called a pioneer of the geographic information revolution and holds two lifetime achievement awards from professional societies in that booming field. He was president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and has been AGS president since 2002. He is a professor of geography at the University of Kansas and a Jefferson Science Fellow with the National Academies and U. S. Department of State. He previously served as a distinguished research and development staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and later as senior scientist in the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Jerry has published more than 200 professional articles, editorials, and reports on geographic information systems (GIS), continental drift, coastal change analysis, and human evolution.

Dr. William P. Doyle

Dr. William P. Doyle

President Emeritus

Retired Vice President, Texaco Inc. and past President, Texaco's Middle East/Far East Division; formerly Vice President of Exploration and Producing for Texaco Latin America/West Africa, Vice President of Exploration and Producing for Texaco Europe, and Managing Director of Texaco Limited for Exploration and Producing.

Dr. Alexander B. Murphy

Dr. Alexander B. Murphy

Vice President

Dr. Murphy is a Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon; degrees in archaeology (Yale), law (Columbia), and geography (University of Chicago); editorial board, the Geographical Review; chair, Advanced Placement Geography Committee; Past President, Association of American Geographers; National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1991-1996; extensive publications on the political, cultural, and environmental geography of Europe.

Dr. Deborah E. Popper

Dr. Deborah E. Popper

Vice President

Dr. Popper is a Professor of Geography at the College of Staten Island and Graduate Center of the City University of New York and, with her husband Frank Popper, at Princeton University. Her work has focused on how large regions and urban areas adjust to environmental pressures and population loss. With her husband, Frank Popper of Rutgers University, she developed the concept of the Buffalo Commons, a metaphor that has served as a guide for a future based on ecological restoration. She is currently working on developing comparable alternatives for other American regions. In addition to serving on the governing board of the American Geographical Society, she is also on the National Center for Frontier Communities board. Dr. Popper is a Paul P. Vouras Medalist.

Dr. Marie D. Price

Dr. Marie D. Price

Vice President

Dr. Price is a Professor of Geography and International Affairs at the George Washington University where she has taught since 1990. A Latin American and migration specialist, her studies have explored human migration, natural resource use, environmental conservation, and regional development.  She is a non-resident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank that focuses on immigration issues based in Washington, DC. Her publications include the co-authored book Migrants’ Inclusion in Cities: Innovative Urban Policies and Practices (2013, United Nations) that was a collaborative project with staff from UNESCO and UN-Habitat, a co-edited book Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities (2008, Syracuse University Press), and the co-authored textbooks Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment and Development, 5th edition (2011, Pearson) and Globalization and Diversity: Geography of a Changing World, 4th edition (2013, Pearson).  She has also published some 40 refereed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Nelson

Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Nelson

Vice President of Special Projects

Dr. Nelson is Adjunct Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Research Associate in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences, Northern Michigan University. Professor Emeritus (Geography), University of Delaware. Field experience: in Alaska, northern Canada, Siberia, Mongolia, the Tibetan Plateau, and the tropical Andes. Author or co-author of eight monographs and edited volumes, and more than 140 peer-reviewed papers on permafrost science, periglacial geomorphology, the effects of climate change in the Arctic, and the history of cryospheric science. Past President of U.S. Permafrost Association. Contributing Author (1989, 1995, 2007) and Lead Author (2001) of chapters in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports. Chair of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Cryosphere Specialty Group (2003-2005) and the AAG Archives and Association History Committee (2004-present).National Fellow of the Explorers Club. Previous positions: Rutgers University (Professor of Geography and Director of the Graduate Program in Geography), SUNY-Albany (Professor of Geography and Geology), Cornell University (Visiting Professor of Geology and Physical Geography), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Honorary Fellow), University of Michigan (Visiting Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences).

Mr. John J. McCabe

Mr. John J. McCabe

Treasurer

John J. McCabe is a Senior Vice President and Chief Equity Strategist atShay Assets Management Inc.Mr. McCabe is a past president of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), and a Founding Governor of the CFA Institute, an organization of over 100,000 securities analysts and investment advisors. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at St. Francis College and is also on the Board of the American Geographical Society. He is a director of Flushing Financial Corp., a publicly traded financial service company, and is also a past trustee of the Retirement System of the American Red Cross.

Dr. David J. Keeling

Dr. David J. Keeling

Assistant Treasurer

Dr. Keeling is the Distinguished University Professor of Geography and Department Head, Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.  He is a specialist in transportation geography and on Latin America, with forty years of experience working for international business firms in England, Australia, and the U.S. and in academia.  He is the author of Buenos Aires: Global Dreams, Local Crises (1996) and Contemporary Argentina: A Geographical Perspective (1997), and many recent book chapters, articles, and reviews.

Mr. John Noble Wilford

Mr. John Noble Wilford

Secretary

Mr. Wilford is the Senior science correspondent of the New York Times; author: The Mapmakers (1981), The Mysterious History of Columbus (1991), and numerous other books and articles; winner: two Pulitzer Prizes for National Reporting, many other awards and honorary degrees; assignments throughout U.S. and to Europe, former Soviet Union, China, Mongolia, Canada’s Northwest Territories, Mexico, the Amazon, the Caribbean, among others; co-chairman, Mercator Society.

Dr. Lawson Brigham

Dr. Lawson Brigham

Councilor

Dr. Lawrence Brigham is the Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Career U.S. Coast Guard officer (1970-95) including command of the polar icebreaker Polar Sea on Arctic & Antarctic expeditions; served as a research fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; a faculty member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Naval Postgraduate School; Deputy Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission; and, Chair of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (2005-09). Cambridge University (Ph.D). Research on the Russian maritime Arctic, Arctic climate change, marinetransportation, and polar geopolitics. 2008 signer of the AGS Fliers’ and Explorers’ Globe as captain during Polar Sea’s polar voyages in 1994 ~ the first ship in history to reach the extreme ends of the global ocean. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and elected a member of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.

Dr. Craig E. Colten

Dr. Craig E. Colten

Councilor

Professor Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at LSU and the Director of Human Dimensions at the Water Institute of the Gulf.  He has extensive experience in both the public and private sector, having spent a decade with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources along with managing the Washington, DC office of PHR Environmental Consultants in the 1990s.  His research has focused on the historical geography of hazards, water resources, and most recently community resilience.  He is the author of the award winning Unnatural Metropolis (2005) in addition to numerous book chapters and articles.  From 2007 to 2012 he was the editor of the Geographical Review.

Dr. Michal L. LeVasseur

Dr. Michal L. LeVasseur

Councilor

Dr. LeVasseur is a retired professor of geography and education foundations; formerly Executive Director of the National Council for Geographic Education. She served with the National Geographic Society as an educational liaison and director of geography institutes for K-12 teachers. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society in Geography.

Dr. Erwin Levold

Dr. Erwin Levold

Councilor

Born in Königsteinim Taunus, Germany, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Erwin is Chief Archivist at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York, where he has worked for 20 years. He received a B.A in History from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in German History and Archival Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit. Prior to his arrival at the Rockefeller Archive Center, Dr. Levold was an archivist at the Troup County Archives in Georgia and at the Walter E. Ruether Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. At the University, he taught courses in modern European history and medieval history and served as a substitute lecturer in Weimar and Nazi History courses. Dr. Levold has recently completed his sixth year of service as Chief of thePocantico Hills Volunteer Fire Department. His professional memberships include the American Historical Association, the Society of American Archivists, the Conference Group for CentralEuropean History, the Society of Automotive Historians, and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Chiefs Association.

Mr. Patrick O'Neill

Mr. Patrick O'Neill

Councilor

Mining engineer;consultant to mining firms operating in South and Central America, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia; former president or chairman of: International Mining Corp., Pata Consolidated Inc., South American Placers, Inc., Frontino Gold Mines, Ltd., Consolidated Purchasing & Designing, Inc., CompaníaMinera Choco Pacífico, Igloo #4 Pioneers of Alaska, Arctic Institute of North America, Joslin Diabetes Center; numerous publications on mining and dredging of precious metals. Patrick was inducted in September 2013 in the National Mining Hall of Fame.

Dr. Clifton W. Pannell

Dr. Clifton W. Pannell

Councilor

Dr. Clifton W. Pannell is professor of geography and associate dean of arts and sciences emeritus at the University of Georgia, where he taught for 35 years.  He has continued to teach as visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong (2009, 2011, and 2014) and the University of Oregon (2010).  Pannell’s teaching and research interests are in the urban, economic, and political geography of China and East Asia, and he has published extensively on these topics.  Recent activities include work on China’s economy and recent changes in the Pearl River Delta region with emphasis on Hong Kong and Macau. In addition to serving on the AGS council, he is a member of the China Research Center of Atlanta, GA and has served as external examiner for the undergraduate geography program at the University of Hong Kong.  Pannell resides in Athens, GA. 

Mr. Eddie Pickle

Mr. Eddie Pickle

Councilor
Eddie Pickle is CEO of Boundless, and led its 2013 spinout from non-profit to private company. A human geographer by training, he has been a leader in both the geodemographics revolution of the 1980’s and 1990’s, and the geospatial web services explosion of the past two decades. He has served as a site location specialist, market segmentation analyst, sales and consulting leader, critical infrastructure visualization expert, and senior executive, and has worked at both leading international software and data companies. Eddie is a founding Steering Committee of the Eclipse Foundation’s LocationTech industry working group.
 
Previous to his service at Boundless, Eddie was one of the founders of geo web services pioneer IONIC Enterprise and served as its Chief Operating Officer until its purchase by ERDAS in 2007. Prior to that, Eddie was Executive Vice President at Claritas (now part of Nielsen) and Managing Director of IXI Corporation (now part of Equifax). Eddie holds a Masters degree in Geography from UCLA, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and a BA in Geography from the University of Tennessee.
Mr. Anthony Quartararo

Mr. Anthony Quartararo

Councilor

Mr. Quartararo is the President & CEO of Spatial Networks, Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the geospatial industry, ranging from program and project management of multi-year international map production projects, business and competitive intelligence analysis, human capital management, field data collection operations, data procurement and human geography data acquisition and visualization. Mr. Quartararo founded Spatial Networks in 2000 and has been involved in business activities in Central & South Asia, North Africa, Near East, Latin America and East Asia.  Mr. Quartararo holds a BA in Geography/GIS from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and spent 3 years working on an MA in Geography/GIS at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Wesley J. Reisser

Dr. Wesley J. Reisser

Councilor

Wesley J. Reisser is a member of the State Department’s civil service, where he has spent the past eleven years working mostly on Middle Eastern issues and the United Nations, including work on Israel-Palestinian negotiations, Syria, and Iran, as well as working on developing foreign policy to address the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people around the world. Dr. Reisser holds a Bachelors Degree, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in International Affairs and History from The George Washington University, and a Masters Degree in Geography from the same institution that focuses on borders and peace settlements. In 2010, he completed a Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA with a dissertation on American border proposals and peacemaking efforts following World War I. Dr. Reisser teaches geography at the George Washington University, including courses on political geography and energy resources. He is a regular lecturer on Middle East Geography, Multilateral Diplomacy, and Middle East Peace at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. His first book, “The Black Book: Woodrow Wilson’s Secret Plan for Peace” was published in April, 2012. Besides his professional work, in 2011 Dr. Reisser founded an Eastern European dance group in Washington, DC called the Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble, and is the 2007 National Geography Bowl Champion

Dr. Douglas J. Sherman

Dr. Douglas J. Sherman

Councilor

Dr. Sherman is a geomorphologist interested in fundamental earth surface processes, especially those involving sand transport by wind and waves. His current research projects include the long-term measurement of levee erosion in the Sacramento River delta, wave setup behind a detached breakwater in Italy, wave transformation over a rock platform in NW Portugal, aeolian saltation processes, detection and estimation of shoreline change along the coast of Texas, andsedimentation behind dams and debris basins in southern California. Dr. Sherman also has a general interest in the histories, methodologies, and philosophies of geomorphology.

Dr. Christopher Tucker

Dr. Christopher Tucker

Councilor

Dr. Tucker manages Yale House Ventures, a portfolio of social ventures and technology companies that span the worlds of energy, geospatial, sensor, cyber-security, open source, and social media technologies, across the domains of defense/intelligence, international affairs, civilian government, commercial industry, NGOs, and academe.

Dr. Tucker was previously Senior Vice President for the Americas and National Programs at ERDAS, a leading technology provider for geospatial exploitation, analysis, data management/dissemination, information sharing and collaboration across the defense, intelligence, civilian federal, state/local, and commercial sectors - worldwide. Dr. Tucker came to ERDAS by way of the acquisition of IONIC, a leader in interoperable web-mapping, location based services, imagery management and distributed geoprocessing, which he helped found and served as President/CEO.

Dr. Tucker serves or has served on a variety of corporate, non-profit and government Boards including the US Geospatial intelligence Foundation (www.usgif.org), the Open Geospatial Consortium (www.opengeospatial.org), Open Plans (www.openplans.org), OpenGeo (www.opengeo.org), the Secretary of Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee, and the Defense Science Board Intelligence Task Force, the DNI’s Intelligence Community Strategic Studies Group, and serves as an Independent Advisor to the Director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). Dr. Tucker served on the National Academy of Science’s Committee on NGA’s GEOINT Research Priorities. He is Chairman and CEO of the educational 501c3 MapStory Foundation (www.mapstory.org) and is President of the foreign policy advocacy group Friends of the Arc (www.friendsofthearc.org).

Dr. Tucker was the founding Chief Strategic Officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund, focusing his efforts on developing In-Q-Tel's overall strategy for tackling the Agency’s priority IT problems. As such, he was responsible for managing the technical portfolio, issues of organizational design, and relations with the intelligence community, industry and media.

As Special Advisor to the Executive Vice Provost of Columbia University, Dr. Tucker was responsible for a range of issues having to do with strategic institutional development, R&D portfolio management, federal science and technology policy, and the organization of interdisciplinary research. While at Columbia, he co-founded the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes (www.cspo.org, which now resides at Arizona State University) and taught courses at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Dr. Tucker earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Dr. Antoinette WinklerPrins

Dr. Antoinette WinklerPrins

Councilor

Dr. WinklerPrins is the Director for Environmental Programs at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs.  She also holds an appointment in the JHU Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and remains an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University where she was on the faculty for 13 years.  She recently served a three-year term as a Program Officer in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program of the National Science Foundation.  Originally from the Netherlands, Dr. WinklerPrins has lived and worked in a number of places around the world.  Trained as a people-environment geographer, her research focus has been on agricultural livelihoods and soils, environmental knowledge, and urban agriculture, especially in tropical locations.  She has published in a wide variety of outlets and continues to conduct research with projects in Mexico and the Brazilian Amazon.

Dr. Joseph S. Wood

Dr. Joseph S. Wood

Councilor

Joseph S. Wood is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History and of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. He previously served as chair of geography and geology and as vice provost at George Mason University, and as provost and interim president at the University of Southern Maine. His publications in cultural geography have explored the New England village as invented tradition, historic preservation of warehouse districts in Midwestern cities, the idea of a National Road in antebellum America, contemporary Vietnamese place-making in American suburbs, and landscapes of civil society. In addition to service on the AGS Council, he has been an AGS Travel Program lecturer in Cambodia and Vietnam, across Canada by train, and, most recently, by ship from Newfoundland into the Great Lakes.