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Greg Elmes

Emeritus Professor of Geography

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“The opportunity for students to define their own interests and to follow their own paths is important. It is the idea of identifying a problem, collecting the data that will help to resolve it, determining the procedures and methods that are necessary to analyze the data and produce a result, and coming to a conclusion”

Greg’s research interests continue to be in the development of geographical information science (GISci), Crime Geography, the integration of geographical information systems (GIS) with spatial modeling, and their application in the interpretation and understanding of human problems.

He has more than 30 years of experience in geographic information systems and the application of GIS techniques to societal issues such as public health, industrial geography, forensics, crime mapping, and public safety.

Elmes earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom, in 1972, a master’s degree. in geography from Pennsylvania State University in 1974, a Ph.D. in geography from Pennsylvania State University in 1979, and a master of science degree in Geographical Information Systems from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He joined the WVU faculty in 1979.

Mapping a Legacy: Geography Endowment

After a 35-year career in the  Department of Geology and Geography, Professor Emeritus  Gregory Elmes aspires to give back to the university that has given him so much.

He and wife Jeanne (MM Music Performance, 1999) have established a planned gift, the Dr. Gregory and Mrs. Jeanne Elmes Geography Endowment, to support undergraduate geography students in their research endeavors.

Learn more about endowment.

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