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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geography

Geography Faculty

Dr. Michael N. DeMers




Phone: 575-646-6494
Fax: 575-646-7430
Office: Breland Hall, Room 141


OTL Certificate (Online Teaching and Learning), New Mexico State University, 2007
Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas, 1985
M.Phil., Geography, University of Kansas, 1983
M.S., Geography, University of North Dakota, 1980
B.S.Ed, Earth Science, University of North Dakota, 1974

Research Interests

GIS Applications, Crime Mapping, GIS Education and Curricula, GIS Design, Arid Landscape Analysis, Zoogeography (especially ants)

Bio Sketch

Dr. DeMers is Professor of Geography specializing in Geographic Information Science, Landscape Ecology, and Geographic Education. DeMers is the winner of the 2010 Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography awarded by the Applied Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). He holds positions as Vice President External Relations of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), GIS Section Editor of Geography Compass, Chair of the Anderson Selection Committee (AAG), Alliance Coordinator of the New Mexico Geographic Alliance, and is a member of the board of the Applied Geography Conferences. He has published nearly fifty articles and four texts on geographic information systems two of which have been translated into Russian, Simple Chinese, and Arabic. His current educational research focuses on geogaming, geodesign, and the use of immersive virtual worlds as ways of both exploring GIScience and creating new tools for both learning and practicing geography. He also does research in land classification with special emphasis on the nature, methods, and accuracy assessment of land classification boundaries.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF), Visual CV

Courses Taught

GEOG 441/581, GIS Design (Syllabus)
GEOG 452/552, Landscape Ecology (Syllabus)
GEOG 481/531, Fundamentals of GIS (Syllabus)
GEOG 482/572, Geodatabase Design (Syllabus)
New Course in Fall 2013: GEOG 491/598, GIS for Water Resources (Syllabus)