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Jeff Hamerlinck

Jeff Hamerlinck

Director | WyGISC

Room 335, Agriculture C

Laramie, WY
Phone: 307-766-2736
Curriculum Vitae

Academic Background

  • PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder, Geography

  • MA, University of Wyoming, Planning

  • BS, University of North Dakota, Geography


Other Credentials

  • AICP member, American Institute of Certified Planners

  • GIS Professional (GISP), Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute

Professional Summary

Dr. Jeff Hamerlinck has served as Director of the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center since 2004. In this role he is responsible for guiding the Center's strategic vision and overall operations. As WyGISC Director he serves on the State of Wyoming Governor's GIS Advisory Board and is active in the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). His teaching and research interests range from land-use and environmental planning to spatial data infrastructure management and place-based planning support systems.

Jeff received his PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he studied the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in rural community land-use planning. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds the designation of GIS Professional (GISP) by the GIS Certification Institute. A 2011 graduate of Leadership Wyoming, Jeff is an avid fly-fisher and day-hiker, and has recently re-discovered recreational tennis.

Research Interests

  • Geographic Information Science - spatial data infrastructures, decision support, and geographic visualization

  • Planning/Resource Management – rural planning support systems and science, land use, geodesign, regional planning


Professional Affiliations

  • American Planning Association

  • American Assoc. of Geographers

  • Assoc. of Collegiate Schools of Planning

  • Univ. Consortium of Geographic Information Science

  • Urban & Regional Info. Systems Assoc.

  • Wyoming Geospatial Organization

  • Wyoming GIS Advisory Board

  • Wyoming Planning Assoc.


Recent / Ongoing Projects

  • Foundations of Geographic Information Science & Technology

  • Land Use Issues in Wyoming and the West

  • Multi-functional rural landscapes

  • Application of geodesign concepts in technology-based planning support

  • Role of spatial data infrastructures in decision support system implementation

  • Influence of GIS education on spatial thinking abilities

Teaching Experience

Current Courses Taught
  • ENR 4890/5890: Human and Physical Landscapes of South-East Queensland

  • GIST 5280: Navigating GIST Professions


Other Recent Teaching


  • Foundations of Geographic Information Science & Technology

  • Land Use Issues in Wyoming and the West


  • Environmental Planning

  • Land Use Planning

  • Legal Aspects of Planning

  • Spatial Decision Support Systems

Representative Publications

Hamerlinck, J.D. 2020. Applying Planning Support Science in Rural Environments. Chapter 33 in Geertman, S. and J. Stillwell, eds. Handbook on Planning Support Science. stems: Best Practice and New Methods. Edward Elgar Publishers: Cheltenham, UK.

Hamerlinck, J. D. 2020. U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (2nd Quarter 2020 Edition), John P. Wilson (ed.).

Berendsen M.E., J.D. Hamerlinck, and G.R. Webster. 2018. Digital Story Mapping to Advance Educational Atlas Design and Enable Student Engagement. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 7(3):125.

Hamerlinck, J.D. 2015. Whither Goes the ‘maps’ course? Maintaining map use concepts, skills and appreciation in GIS&T curricula. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 42 (S1): S11-S17.

Hamerlinck, J.D. and S.N. Lieske. 2015. Siting carbon conversion energy facilities with spatial multi-criteria decision analysis. Papers in Applied Geography 1(2): 197-204.

Hamerlinck, J.D. 2015. Naive (commonsense) geography and geobrowser usability after ten years of Google Earth. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Digital Earth held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 5-9, 2015. IOP Conf. Ser.: Earth Environ. Sci. 34, 12013. 

Lieske, S.N. and J.D. Hamerlinck. 2015. Integrating planning support systems and multicriteria evaluation for energy facility site suitability evaluation. URISA Journal. 26 (1) 13-24. (PDF Copy of Paper)

Hamerlinck, J.D., G.R. Webster, and M.E. Berendsen, eds. 2014. Wyoming Student Atlas: Exploring Our Geography. Laramie, WY: University of Wyoming. 55 pp. 

Lieske, S.N. and J.D. Hamerlinck. 2013. Planning support systems applications in site planning. Urban Design and Planning, 166: 34-42.

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