John Wilson, Ph.D.
Programs and GIS Research Laboratory, adjunct faculty member as School of Architecture and in the Viterbi School of Engineering's Departments of Computer Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. John P. Wilson is Professor of Spatial Sciences and Sociology in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) where he directs the Spatial Sciences Institute as well as the Geographic Information Science & Technology Graduate Programs and GIS Research Laboratory, and also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Architecture and in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Departments of Computer Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering. From 1998 to 2001 and 2007 to 2010 he was Chair of the Department of Geography at USC. From 1992 to 1997 he was Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, and Director of the Geographic Information and Analysis Center at Montana State University (MSU). His early career was as Assistant Professor (1984-1990) and then Associate Professor of Geography (1990-1994) with corresponding adjunct appointments in Plant and Soil Science at MSU. He founded the Geographic Information and Analysis Center at MSU in 1989 and the GIS Research Laboratory and Geographic Information Science and technology Graduate Programs at USC in 1997 and 2007, respectively. He has held several visiting appointments in environmental studies, geography, and planning at the Australian National University, University of Utrecht, University of Waikato, and most recently, in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
He founded the journal Transactions in GIS (Wiley-Blackwell) in 1996 and has served as Editor-in-Chief since its inception. He has served on the editorial boards of Applied Geography (1992-2001), the Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2006-2009), and the Journal of Geo-Spatial Information Science (2011-present). He has chaired the Applied Geography Specialty group of the Association of American Geographers (1989-1991) and Research Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (2002-2005). He also served on the Board of Directors (2003-2006) and as President of the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science from 2006 to 2007 and is an active participant in the UNIGIS International Network, a worldwide consortium of 12+ institutions who collaborate on the development and delivery of online geographic information science academic programs.
His research is focused on the modeling of environmental systems and makes extensive use of GIS software tools, fieldwork, spatial analysis techniques, and computer models. 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, 2007). Much of this work is collaborative and multidisciplinary in character with the general goal of improving our knowledge and understanding of the factors linking society, the environment and human health. The work of his group can be seen on the website http://spatial.usc.edu/. He has received numerous honors for his research and teaching, the most recent being Special Achievement in GIS Awards for Leadership with Geospatial Technology (2006) and Geospatial Teaching from Esri (2008), a Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC (2005) and the Albert S. Raubenheimer Outstanding Faculty Award for his research, teaching, and service contributions in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at USC (2004).