GEOG 160
Mapping Our Changing World

Instructor Information


Arif Masrur  

Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geography

Please use the Canvas email system (Inbox) to contact me. I generally will respond to emails within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. 

Welcome to the course! I am the instructor for GEOG 160 Web this semester and a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Department of Geography at Penn State. My research focus includes Geographic Information Science (GIScience), GeoVisual Analytics, and Wildfire Ecology. This course will introduce you to the exciting field of GIScience and you will learn all about the art and science of mapping the world around you!

Currently, at the GeoVISTA Center I’m focusing on developing and implementing data mining and visualization techniques to discover interesting (i.e., meaningful and actionable) knowledge from space-time bigdata, in application contexts ranging from wildfire-environmental dynamics to spread of diseases over space and time. I’m also interested in immersive analytics. I am experienced in developing Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) prototypes that provide interactive immersive learning platform (specifically, for K-12 and introductory level geoscience students) in which the learning process can be enhanced through seamless navigation between dynamically linked 3D real-world objects, data (both aspatial and spatial), and multimedia contents (e.g., 360° images).

I look forward to getting to know all of you and guiding you through this wonderful GIScience field. You will gain new tools to explore our changing world! 

Teaching Assistant 


Connor Chapman

Graduate Student (M.S.+Ph.D.), Dept. of Geography 

Please use the Canvas email system (Inbox) to contact me.