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College of Natural Resources

Center for Geospatial Analytics

Ross provides strategic direction and oversight for the Center’s programs and initiatives in research and teaching. He works passionately across disciplinary boundaries to develop innovative analytics for scenario-based modeling and visualization of sustainable solutions to complex natural resource challenges. Ross is Professor of Geospatial Analytics in the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program and faculty member in the College of Natural Resources. Prior to joining NC State, Ross was Professor of Geography and Executive Director of the Center for Applied GIScience at UNC Charlotte.  He has been principal investigator of numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, USDA, RENCI, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, among others, which have produced innovative decision-making tools ranging from spatial-temporal simulations used to detect the spread of infectious forest diseases to forecasts of alternative futures of urban sustainability over large megaregions. According to Ross, “everything is spatial and location matters in science, society and decision-making processes.”



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