Neil Cobb is the Director of the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, which jointly manages GRAIL. Neil’s research interests include arthropod biodiversity and global climate change impacts. Neil uses geospatial technology to document and understand climate-change and land-use impacts on Colorado Plateau ecosystems.
Paul Heinrich is the Information Technology Manager for Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research and is responsible for administering GRAIL’s servers, software, and workstations. Some of Paul’s current projects include the development of data management policy and tools, climate instrumentation, and other infrastructure for the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA). He is also working on technology integration and network coordination for the Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN). With more than 20 years of experience in a wide array of information technology subjects, Paul also holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and physics and a master’s degree in quantitative ecology from Penn State University.
Joel Hickok is a Graduate Assistant at the Geospatial Research and Information Laboratory, where he develops web applications using contemporary GIS, web mapping, and web development techniques to create exciting results. Joel’s primary interest is the development of web-based geospatial tools that provide an interactive and dynamic user experience as alternatives to desktop GIS applications. He currently is upgrading the Esri K-12 Educational Site License Program for Arizona portal and finishing a master’s degree in applied geospatial sciences in the Geography, Planning, and Recreation Department. Joel plans to work within the scope of web GIS and strives to match some of the power of desktop GIS through the development of geospatial web applications, including Average Nearest Neighbor, a web-based tool for exploring point pattern analysis of geographic locations.
Scott Kelly is Adjunct Faculty at the Geospatial Research and Information Laboratory. Since 2003, Scott has worked with GIS and remote sensing, having started his career with the U.S. Geological Survey and then served as the Lab Director for the GIS and Remote Sensing Core Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since joining GRAIL, Scott has created online workshops and taught introductory GIS courses. Other projects have included Grand Canyon archeology GIS management and land change detection with remote sensing for NAU’s Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation and the Bureau of Land Management in southern Arizona. Scott has a master’s degree in applied geospatial management and enjoys the combination of art and science that he finds in GIS and remote sensing.
Mark Manone is the Director of the Geospatial Research and Information Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in NAU’s Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation. Mark’s interests and expertise are in field-based GIS, mobile wireless technology, and terrestrial photogrammetry. Mark has developed and led GIS courses and workshops for the university community as well as a wide range of private, state, federal, and tribal agencies. Mark holds a master’s degree in geography with an emphasis in remote sensing/GIS. He has been an authorized Esri ArcGIS instructor since 2003.