as the 2006-2007 vice chair of the Cartographic Specialty Group in the Association of American Geographers.


John P. Wilson is professor of geography at the University of Southern California, where he directs the GIS Research Laboratory. He studies the development of new terrain analysis techniques; modeling of soil erosion, vegetation, and water quality processes and problems; modeling of spatial patterns of urban growth and habitat change and impact of land use change, urban growth, and conservation policies on these patterns; description of environmental and socioeconomic characteristics and their impacts on selected health and quality-of-life outcomes; and the development of web-based map and gazetteer services for digital libraries and archives. He has held several visiting appointments in environmental studies, geography, and planning at the Australian National University, the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Dr. Wilson founded the journal Transactions in GIS (Blackwell Publishers) in 1996 and has served as editor-in-chief since its inception. He has served on the editorial board of Applied Geography (1992-2001) and has just started a four-year term on the Editorial Board of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. He has chaired the Applied Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (1989-1991) and the Research Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (2002-2005). He is currently president of the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science and an active participant in the UNIGIS International Network, a worldwide consortium of more than 20 institutions that collaborate on the development and delivery of online geographic information science academic programs. He has published numerous books and articles on these topics, including two edited volumes, Terrain Analysis: Principles and Applications (John Wiley and Sons, 2000) and the Handbook of Geographic Information Science (Blackwell Publishers, 2006).

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Paul M. Cutler is a senior program officer with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the National Academies. His interests are in surficial processes, hydrology, glaciology, global change, mapping science, and geographical science. Earlier work at the National Academies was with the Polar Research Board and the Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate. Prior to joining the Academies, Dr. Cutler was an assistant scientist and lecturer in geology and geophysics at the University of Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. in geology (University of Minnesota), an M.Sc. in geography (University of Toronto) and a B.Sc. in geography (Manchester University, England). In addition to postdoctoral work on numerical modeling of the Laurentide and Scandinavian ice sheets



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