• Online Geospatial Certificate Program

Faculty - Online Geospatial Certificate Program

Our faculty draws from their diverse work experience in public, private and nonprofit sectors to create career-relevant courses. With an excellent student-faculty ratio, you can expect to receive personalized support to achieve your goals.


Amy Rock

Amy Rock

Amy Rock is a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, & Spatial Analysis at Humboldt State University. She holds a Ph.D. in geography from Kent State University; an M.A. in geography from Ohio University; and a B.G.S. in architectural history from Ohio University.

Her research and training has been in community development, rural development, GIS, cartography, participatory GIS and citizen mapping.

She has taught GSP 270: GIS; GSP 316: Cartography; GSP 416: Advanced Cartography; and GSP 426: Cartography Practicum.


Sara Hanna

Sara Hanna

Sara Hanna teaches in the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources at Humboldt State University. She holds an M.S. from Humboldt State University in natural resources; and a B.S. in environmental systems from UC San Diego.

Her research and training has been in applications of remote sensing and GIS in varied ecological research endeavors; water quality monitoring; and preparation of regulatory permits and disclosures.

She has taught GSP 216: Introduction to Remote Sensing.


Dr. Joseph Oduro Appiah

Joseph Oduro Appiah

Dr. Joseph Oduro Appiah earned his Ph.D. in natural resources and environmental studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George BC, Canada. He holds an M.S. in geography/geographic information sciences, from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, and a B.A. (Hons) in geography and rural development, economics minor, from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. 

Trained as an interdisciplinary scientist, Dr. Oduro Appiah applies geospatial, quantitative, and qualitative methodologies in the study of socio-ecological systems. His research program focuses on land system science categorized under two broad areas of scientific inquiry. First, under environmental change and sustainability, his research seeks to understand and interpret how land use and climate change impact forest ecosystems. Part of this research area also focuses on rural and urban vegetation change resulting from increasing anthropogenic activities and climate change. In the second research area, Dr. Oduro Appiah seeks to understand how environmental resource policies and climate change impact livelihood outcomes. His recent research in the United States, Canada, and Ghana has focused on land uses (e.g., oil and gas drilling, mining, urban sprawl, agriculture, etc.) and their associated impacts on the environment, including but not limited to boreal and tropical forest ecosystems. 

He has taught GSP 101 Geospatial Concepts and GSP 101L Geospatial Concepts Lab at Cal Poly Humboldt.