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Dr. Kate Willis

Instructor of Geographic Information Systems

Dr. Kate Willis

Kate Willis

Dr. Kate Willis is the primary GIS Instructor at Unity College DE and the point person for geospatial support. Dr. Willis completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography at University of California Los Angeles and her B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University. At UCLA she taught classes in GIS, cartography, and earth science and helped create an online GIS certificate program. She has authored 16 publications in the fields of remote sensing, paleoclimatology, and GIS. One of them, ‘Remote sensing change detection for ecological monitoring in United States protected areas’ has been cited over 100 times and is used in remote sensing course curriculums.

Dr. Willis has worked in private industry, for the government, and in academia. In academia she led a team with the National Park Service to enact an ecological monitoring policy, and conducted field work in Arctic peatlands and California protected areas. In the industrial field she worked as a Geospatial Analyst in agriculture, sustainability, and transportation. She is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for GIS with students at Unity.


Credentials

Ph.D. in Geography