Welcome to my ODU faculty website. Here I will post my professional research and teaching and share highlights for folks interested.

New this year, I am offering a course on Digital Earth: Geospatial Technology and Society.  The class introduces the full breadth of geospatial tech, digital globes, GIS, GPS/GNSS, remote sensing/earth observation, and spatial analysis. I’m adding some novel lab experiences for this class, including georeferencing a historic 1861 map of Hampton Roads and using spatial analysis for a mock Hampton Roads Zombie Apocalypse in October.

Last year I created a new course, Marine Geography: GIS for a Blue Planet, and will repeat Spring 2020 with a major update to Esri ArcGIS Pro, new seafloor and climate model data, and a series of Esri “Learn Lessons” for free, global use.

GEOG 420/520 Marine Geography

Marine GIS Story Map (“a 21st Century syllabus” https://arcg.is/01PXCD)

On the Surfliner train between San Diego and Oceanside, CA, during the Esri User Conference, July 2018.

MarineGeog_Flyer_F17 (PDF)

I returned to Old Dominion in summer 2016 after 10 years at East Carolina University. My research agenda and teaching continue in Geographic Information Science for coastal environments, hazards, and resource sustainability. I participate in research as a faculty fellow with the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency (CCRFR) and engage with communities in Hampton Roads, North Carolina coastal plain and Outer Banks and beyond tackling sea level rise, coastal hazards, and challenges to sustainability.

If you’re a potential research collaborator, student, or stakeholder, please contact me by email: tallen@odu.edu