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Joe Gordon grew up in Eugene, Oregon and received an M.S. in Geography from the University of Oregon. His research fellowship at the UO focused on modeling the intersection between global climate change and socioeconomic vulnerability, and his thesis focused on mining and mapping social media data during the 2012 presidential election. Simultaneously, as an intern at Lane Council of Governments, Joe began dabbling with LiDAR and learning how to model vegetation and perform feature extraction. As a GIS Specialist at Metro, his current focus is split between demographics and remote sensing, the underlying theme in both fields being the identification of patterns in data and potential relationships between variables. As an instructor at PCC, Joe enjoys sharing with and learning from aspiring practitioners in the ever-changing and advancing field of GIS.

Educational Partnerships

ArcGIS Desktop:

Students enrolled in GEO 265 or GEO 246 can access a 1-year ArcGIS Desktop educational license.

ArcGIS Desktop info: http://desktop.arcgis.com


Students enrolled in GEO 265 or GEO 246 can access an academic subscription to DataCamp for the purposes of learning R and Python, which are particularly useful programming languages that can augment traditional GIS workflows.

DataCamp info: https://www.datacamp.com/

Microsoft Office 365:

Students enrolled at PCC can access an educational license for Microsoft Office 365.

Microsoft Office 365 for Education info: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/educators/default.aspx