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Boyd Shearer

Lecturer

Department of Geography, University of Kentucky
817 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
(859) 806-3938 | email | view online

Cartographer and mapping technology instructor. 10+ years of creative teaching and course development and 20+ years of map publishing, web design, and GIS consulting. Creates challenging and rewarding experiences learning open-source mapping, production cartography, and field mapping techniques. Current research uses lidar, digital elevation models, and terrain analysis.


Education

University of Kentucky

M.A., Geography. 1999
Thesis: The Daily Aesthetic [http://www.uky.edu/Projects/TDA]: A Multimedia Exploration of Leisure and Recreation in Lexington’s Segregated Park System

Indiana University

B.A., Major in Geography, Minor in Studio Fine Arts and Mathematics. 1994
Thesis: Abandonment and Generation: Technology & Culture in Indiana Public Parks


Teaching Experience

New Maps Plus

2015–present | Department of Geography, University of Kentucky

Instructor for online program awarding a Graduate Certificate and Master of Science degree in open source mapping. Responsibilities include teaching and developing a curriculum that integrates QGIS, PostGIS, OpenStreetMap data, Leaflet.js, and other mapping libraries with the common web stack to perform and visualize spatial analysis.

Courses taught

Example MAP 671 module from Spring 2018

Geography

2008–present | Department of Geography, University of Kentucky

Instructor for in-class undergraduate classes. Advanced courses have focused on ArcGIS and Python and open-source GIS platforms. Created content for all courses.

Courses taught

Recent class project


Past Instructor Positions

Adjunct Instructor, Natural Resources and Environmental Science

2013–2017 | College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky

Instructor for field-based GIS applications. Course uses mobile GPS apps, ArcGIS, and Lidar and NAIP datasets to measure tree canopy and 3D attributes in our areas of interest. Created content for all courses.

Recent class project

Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Languages, and Social Sciences

2006–2013 | Bluegrass Community and Technical College

In-class and online instructor for introductory geography classes.

Courses taught

Recent student project

Recent teaching workshops

2017 “Fundamentals of QGIS” and “Raster processing and tile set creation with QGIS”
Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals Annual meeting, September 5.

2017 “Introduction to QGIS Short Course”
University of Kentucky Department of Geography and Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals, June 27.

2016 “Map Making with QGIS” and “Learning the Basics of CARTO”
Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals Annual meeting, October 18.

2016, 2015 “UKy Summer Map Camp”
University of Kentucky Department of Geography, Summer. Learn what middle school kids can map.

Presentations

2017 “Teaching experiences at the University of Kentucky.” Department of Geography Colloquium Series, December 8.

2010 “Great Smoky Mountains: A 2nd Edition.” Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals Quarterly Meeting, August 5, 2010.

2009 “The Sheltowee Trace Trail Map.” Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference, March 27-29.

2008 “The Great Smoky Mountains Trail Atlas.” Appalachian Studies Association annual conference, March 28-30.

2007 “The Great Smoky Mountains Trail Atlas,” map presentation. North American Cartographic Information Society annual meeting, October 12-15.

2006 “The Big South Fork Trail Guide.” map presentation, GIS Day University of Kentucky, November 15.

2005 “Mapping Recreation with GPS, GIS, and Cartographic Art,” Department of Geography Colloquium Series.

2004 “The Sheltowee Trace.” Kentucky GIS Annual Conference,September 24-28.

2002 “Animated Maps,” GIS Day University of Kentucky, November 14.

2001 “outrageGIS mapping” booth display, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers annual conference, November 17-20.

1996 “The Daily Aesthetic.” Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers annual conference.


Technology Experience

Spatial apps Programming Design
QGIS, ArcGIS, PostGIS JavaScript, Python, Bash HTML/CSS, Adobe Creative Cloud

Professional Experience

Cartographer and GIS Consultant

1998–present | outrageGIS mapping

Creating navigation aids that help hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians better use public trails and wilderness areas with accurate map information for efficient travel. outrageGIS mapping

Cartographer

1995-1999 | Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky

Created thematic maps analyzing demographic trends in the Appalachian region. Focused on patterns of social and infrastructural distress at the census tract level of geography. Example publication from 1997, Appalachian Region Poverty Rate by Census Tract.

Map production

Selected list of published maps.

Media production

Grants Received

Service and Affiliations

Town Branch Trail, Inc; Board Member
Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals
North American Cartographic Association Society