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1986 Ph.D., Geography, University of Toronto, Canada
1979 M.Sc. (with Distinction), Geography, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
1978 B.Sc. Honors (1st Class), Geography, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
1976 L.L.B. Honors (2nd Class, 2nd Division), Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Dr. John P. Wilson is Professor of Spatial Sciences and Sociology in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) where he founded and directs the Spatial Sciences Institute. He also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Architecture and in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Departments of Computer Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

From 1998 to 2001 and 2007 to 2010 he was Chair of the Department of Geography at USC, and from 1992 to 1997 he was Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, and Director of the Geographic Information and Analysis Center (GIAC) at Montana State University (MSU). His early career was as Assistant Professor (1984-1990) and then Associate Professor of Geography (1990-1994) with corresponding adjunct appointments in Plant and Soil Science at MSU. He founded GIAC at MSU in 1989 and the GIS Research Laboratory and GIST Graduate Programs at USC in 1997 and 2007, respectively. He has held several visiting appointments in environmental studies, geography, and planning at the Australian National University, University of Canterbury, University of Utrecht, University of Waikato, and most recently, in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He founded the journal Transactions in GIS (Wiley-Blackwell) in 1996 and has served as Editor-in-Chief since its inception. He has served on the editorial boards of Applied Geography (1992-2001), the Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2006-2009), the Journal of Geo-Spatial Information Science (2011-present), and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers Review of Books (2013-present).

He has chaired the Applied Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (1989-1991) and Research Committee of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) (2002-2005). He also served on the Board of Directors (2003-2006) and as President of UCGIS from 2006 to 2007. He currently leads the UCGIS GIS&T Body of Knowledge 2.0 project and is an active participant in the UNIGIS International Network, a worldwide consortium of 10+ institutions which collaborates on the development and delivery of online geographic information science academic programs.

His research is focused on the modeling of environmental systems and makes extensive use of GIS software tools, fieldwork, spatial analysis techniques, and computer models. He has published numerous books and articles on these topics, including Environmental Applications of Digital Terrain Modeling: New Analytical Methods in Earth and Environmental Science will be published by Wiley Blackwell in January 2018, and  two edited volumes, Terrain Analysis: Principles and Applications (John Wiley and Sons, 2000) and the Handbook of Geographic Information Science (Blackwell Publishers, 2007). Much of this work is collaborative and cross-disciplinary in character with the general goal of improving our knowledge and understanding of the factors linking society, the environment and human health.

The work of his group Wilson Map Lab can be seen here. He has received numerous honors for his research and teaching, the most recent being Special Achievement in GIS Awards for Leadership with Geospatial Technology (2006) and Geospatial Teaching from Esri (2008), a Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC (2005) and the Albert S. Raubenheimer Outstanding Faculty Award for his research, teaching, and service contributions in Dornsife College at USC (2004).