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WyGISC Director and Senior Research Scientist
Office: Room 335, Agriculture C
Phone: (307) 766-2736
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.
GIST Program Director
Office: Room 308, Agriculture C
Phone: (307) 287-2891
Beth McMillan joined the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) as director for academic programs in 2022. She is responsible for the operation and growth of WyGISC's interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST). Prior to joining the University of Wyoming, she was a faculty member at University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she served as chairperson in the Department of Earth Sciences and as developer and coordinator of their graduate Geospatial Technology certificate program. She has taught GIS and Remote Sensing courses to graduate and undergraduate students for 18 years.
Beth received her BA in Geology from Colorado College, MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and PhD in Geology from the University of Wyoming. Her research interests focus on the interaction between external and internal Earth processes and how these shape landforms. Her dissertation was on the late Cenozoic landscape evolution of the Rocky Mountains which was inspired by remnant landforms in the basins and ranges of Wyoming.
Office: Room 336, Agriculture C
Phone: (307) 766-2740
Beth Leonard is the Business Manager for WyGISC joining the team in 2017. In this role she oversees all accounting functions, personnel, and financial reporting for the unit. Beth received her bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and has been in Laramie since 2013. She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and volleyball, but can mostly be found spending time with her husband and chasing her two young daughters.