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Mark Patterson is a professor of geography and the Environmental Studies coordinator at KSU. His specialties are in geospatial technologies, spatial analysis, and environmental geography. He has extensive experience in the use of GIS for tracking, monitoring, analyzing and managing natural resources. He has researched and co-authored articles on forest cover change in Chile, using satellite imagery to model socioeconomic conditions, and using remote sensing technology for planning. He has co-edited a book with Dr. Hoalst-Pullen, and is currently writing a physical geography lab manual with Dr. Hoalst-Pullen and Tom Powers. His research interest and activities span several countries. He has investigated the impact of the biophysical environment on rural domestic water supplies in Sulawesi, Indonesia, as well as examining land cover changes in Mexico from 1970 to 1990. He has been successful in securing National Science Foundation (NSF) funding and other grants to update the GIS lab at KSU and support his research. At present, Dr. Patterson is researching the impact of globalization on forestry resources in central Chile and working on the OPC project with Dr. Hoalst-Pullen. Dr. Patterson obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.