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Careers with Geography Event: March 15th!

Pathways to a Career with Geography

Wednesday, March 15th

An opportunity to not just find out what you can do, but how you can get there

2:00-3:20pm: Finding the Path
Meet recent graduates and find out tips for students as they prepare to graduate.
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3:45-5:00pm: The Journey
Refreshments then a presentation by guests on the paths they took to get where they are and where they are now.
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This event is focused on undergraduate and graduate students. Alumni will range from human, biophysical, and GIScience.

There will graduates ranging from BA, BS, MA, and PhD

The official list of attendees will be published shortly!

Geographers, whether official or aspiring, are welcome to join!

Guests include

Maylian Pak

Maylian Pak’s academic research and professional interests both focus on community. Maylian completed degrees in International Affairs and Geography, studying at Mary Washington College and the University of Oregon where she researched environmental justice and community organizing in communities of color. Her professional career has been centered on building community through philanthropy. Prior to joining Oregon Community Foundation, Maylian worked at the Eugene Symphony serving both as development director and interim executive director.


Emma Brenneman

Emma graduated from the University of Oregon Spring 2015 double majoring in Environmental Geography and Spanish, with a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. Emma spent her first year after graduation serving with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps at the Southwest campus based out of Denver, Colorado. There she spent a year traveling and participating in projects related to the environment, disaster relief, education and food security, and building houses for low income families. Currently she is serving with the Washington Conservation Corps based in Vancouver Washington as the Monitoring Specialist for the Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam. She was recently accepted into Portland State University’s Masters of Science program in Geography for Fall 2017.

Adam Lake

Adam graduated from UO with a PhD in Geography in 2012 where he focused on issues of immigration, assimilation, and social network formation. He has combined his technical background with geography to land in his current position as Senior GIS Systems Engineer at Roseburg Forest Products.


Chris Zeitner

Chris Zeitner is a 2003 graduate of the geography department. Chris’s primary focus of study was cartography and GIS. Since leaving the University Chris has held a variety of position in the geospatial tech field. Chris began his career as remote sensing analysis; working primarily on wetland change detection along then US Gulf Coast. His next stop was as the GIS lead for a engineer/planning and natural resources firm. During this time his focus was on GIS analysis to support federal regulations including NEPA, and FERC. Chris is currently a GIS database administrator for the City of Springfield. His primary roles include application development/support, data development/maintenance and project management.


Amanda Reinholtz

Amanda is the Habitat and Water Quality Specialist for the Long Tom Watershed Council where she leads restoration projects and provides GIS and remote sensing support. Prior to working with the watershed council, Amanda worked first as a remote sensing field technician, then as a survey analyst and coordinator, for Quantum Spatial, a geospatial company specializing in the collection and processing of LiDAR and other remote sensing products. Amanda received a B.S. in Geographic Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 2008 and an M.S. in Geography from the University of Oregon in 2012.

Thea Hart

Thea Hart graduated from the University of Oregon in 2009 with a double major in English and Geography (environmental geography track). She wrote her undergraduate Honors College thesis on the ecological impacts and management of reed canary grass in riparian areas in the southern Willamette Valley. In 2012, she graduated from Emporia State University’s Portland, OR-based satellite of the School of Library and Information Management with a Master’s in Library Science. Since 2013, she has worked as a librarian in Oregon public libraries and is currently employed by Springfield Public Library as an Adult Services Librarian and Arts Commission Liaison.


Jacob Blair

Jacob Blair is a Senior GIS Analyst at the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), where he has been working since 2007, right after he graduated with his MA in Geography from University of Oregon. He also received his Bachelor’s from the University of Oregon with degrees in Linguistics and Geography. At LCOG, he does GIS processing, programming, and systems administration. He is most proud of developing a consistent data processing automation framework. Jacob’s favorite part about his job is solving problems. Jacob will also be teaching GEOG 4/581: GIScience I in the spring of 2017.