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Patricia G. Ekberg

Patricia G. Ekberg

Trish has extensive experience using ArcGIS to create geologic maps and graphics. She graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Master's degree in GIS from Penn State.

Education and/or Training

M.S. 2018, Pennsylvania State University, Geographic Information Systems
B.S. 2009, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Geology)
Esri Certified Desktop Associate

Projects and/or Research Interests

Effectively understanding and managing Alaska's vast geologic resources requires powerful support systems designed to gather, store, analyze, and communicate complex geospatial data. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are specifically designed to meet this requirement. DGGS scientists and geospatial analysts employ GIS daily to visualize, explore, and analyze complex geologic information and relationships. In addition, GIS is critical for the efficient storage and distribution of the Division's valuable geologic analyses, which are critical to many public and private entities as they work to develop Alaska's natural resources.

I serve as a lead cartographer and GIS Analyst at the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS). I provide GIS and cartographic design expertise and training to facilitate publication of maps, graphics, reports, visual presentations, and digital data products resulting from analysis and synthesis of original field data collected by division geologists. Fulfilling this position involves designing and preparing GIS products; acquiring, analyzing, quality controlling and managing digital geospatial data; implementing and supporting national geologic mapping data and cartographic standards; providing training and support to the divisions GIS users; and functioning as a liaison between DGGS's and other entities' GIS users and data. I offer expertise with the Esri ArcGIS suite of software to bring together maps, data, and people to enable better decision making and innovation.

My education and experience as a geologist has given me specialized knowledge and insight into the unique requirements and complexities of geologic mapping. My formal GIS education empowers me to leverage the capabilities of GIS to help our Division fulfill its mission.

Professional Experience

2013-present - Cartographer/GIS Analyst, State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2012-2013 - GIS Technician, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2010-2012 - Geologist, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK

Selected Professional Activities

Member, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)
Member, Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)
Member, Alaska Arc User Group (AAUG)

2013 - Best Instructional Presentation, Esri International Users Conference, San Diego, California
2008 - Outstanding Undergraduate, Geology/Geophysics Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks

2014-present - Volunteer Cartographer, Alaska Skijor and Pulk Association, Fairbanks, AK
2012, 2014 - Instructor, Geology and GIS, Osher Lifelong Living Institute (OLLI), University of Alaska Fairbanks
2012 - Logistics Coordinator, 2012 Friends of the Pleistocene Fieldtrip, Delta Junction to Canada Border, AK
2007-2008 - Vice President, Geoscience Club, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

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