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Jeff Hamerlinck

Director, WyGISC | Senior Research Scientist

Jeff Hamerlinck Office: Room 335, Agriculture C
Phone: (307) 766-2736



  • PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder, Geography

  • MA, University of Wyoming, Planning

  • BS, University of North Dakota, Geography


Other Credentials

  • GISP Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute

  • AICP Certificate, American Institute of Certified Planners


Research Interests

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

  • Planning/Resource Management - planning support systems, land use, landscape ecological planning, regional planning


Current Projects

  • 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


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.

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.

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.


Current Courses Taught

  • ENR 4890/5890: Human and Physical Landscapes of South-East Queensland (3 cr.)

  • GIST 1001: Introduction to GIST and Digital Portfolios (1 cr.)


Other Recent Teaching

  • ENR 3900: Land Use Issues in Wyoming and the West (1 cr.)

  • GEOG 5370: Environmental Planning (3 cr.)

  • GEOG 5330: Land Use Planning (3 cr.)

  • GEOG 5325: Legal Aspects of Planning (3 cr.)

  • GEOG 5885: Seminar - Spatial Decision Support Systems (3 cr.)


Other Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Planners

  • American Planning Association

  • Association of American Geographers

  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

  • University Consortium of Geographic Information Science

  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

  • Wyoming Geospatial Organization

  • Wyoming Planning Association

Contact Us


Department 4008

1000 E. University Ave.

Agriculture Building C

3rd Floor

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2532



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