James L Sloan II


Jim spends almost all of his time teaching in Penn State’s Online Geospatial Education program. He occasionally gets involved with research projects. Currently he is supporting mapping efforts for Penn State researchers involved in the National Critical Zone Observatory network.

Before becoming a full-time online GIS instructor he split time as a research assistant in the Center for Environmental Informatics in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State providing GIS and cartography support to numerous projects.

In the past he has taught resident courses in GIS in the Department of Geography, and he spent several years on the staff of the Deasy Geographics Lab (the cartography lab in the Dept of Geography, now called the Gould Center).

Prior to getting involved in the Geography Department, he was a research assistant, processing paleoclimate data and producing publication and presentation graphics for the Earth Systems Science Center in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Research Interests

  • GIS applied to the geosciences


  • M.S. Marine Geology and Geophysics, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, 1985
  • B.A. Geology and Biology, Hope College, 1976

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 482: The Nature of Geographic Information
  • GEOG 484: GIS Database Developement
  • GEOG 868(897D): Spatial Database Management
  • GEOG 121/160: Mapping Our Changing World