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January 2012

Diving into Esri's Ocean and Natural Science Initiatives

By Carla Wheeler
Esri Writer

Inspired by books like Treasure Island and the television series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Dawn J. Wright grew up to become a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. Now she's continuing to pursue her interest in geography, oceanography, and GIS at Esri, where she was recently named chief scientist. Wright's duties will include overseeing Esri's new ocean GIS initiative, crafting a strategy for serving the science community, and offering input and advice to Esri staff members as they develop geospatial technology for scientists.

In this interview, Wright delves into some of the challenges that need to be addressed using GIS and science. "Helping out with the ocean GIS initiative as part of the job was extremely attractive to me, as I have been involved with Esri for so many years as an ocean GIS user and advocate. I can't think of a better position to be in now to help move that along," she said. Read the interview.

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Dawn J. Wright, Esri's new chief scientist, has conducted oceanographic research all over the world. The map above shows some of the places her work has taken her.

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