David Medeiros

Cartographer, GIS Analyst, GIS Instructor

David Medeiros

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GIS Specialist, GIS Instructor, Digital Cartographer.  Firm understanding of GIS principles, functions, and limitations.  Natural Teacher.  Adept at clear communication between specialists and laymen.  Practical, hands on experience managing long term projects.  Strong cartographic design and map communication skills.  Highly adaptive.  Lifelong learner. Looking for opportunities to support and collaborate within academic and research based GIS use… using GIS to explore, illuminate, and do good.


Over 4 years experience using Geographic Information Systems and geospatial technology for instruction and research support in higher education

Over 14 years experience using GIS technology and geo spatial data in the production of publication maps

Expertise with a broad range of geospatial and supporting software and hardware, including:

     The Esri GIS Software Ecosystem - ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcScene, ArcGIS Online for Organizations, ArcGIS Pro, and Collector for ArcGIS.

     A variety of other commercial and open source GIS software including QGIS, Google Earth Pro, and LandSerf.

     Consumer grade GPS Equipment and software, including Garmin, Trimble, Collector for ArcGIS, Avenza PDF Maps, GPS Babel, and MacGPS Pro

Expertise in various geospatial and non geospatial tools for cartographic design and visualization, including:

     Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Avenza MAPublisher, Natural Scene Designer, Terrain Texture Shader, and Terrain Sculptor

Expertise in geo referencing and digitizing scanned cartographic materials, including historic maps

Expertise in cartographic design for high quality publication as well as GIS and academic research

Expertise in the administration and management of a GIS computer lab and accompanying software and hardware

Expertise with geospatial analysis design and GIS project planning and support

Expertise with mobile and field data collection using Android and iOS devices

Expertise in the design, creation, and presentation of topic focused GIS workshops, lectures, and labs

Experience with hiring, training, and managing student and part time staff

Experience in the administration of enterprise GIS software and services in the academic environment

Experience with geoprocessing automation and iteration via Model Builder and ArcPY

Familiarity with basic scripting and editing in Python, HTML, and Javascript


GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center, Stanford University, CA     9/2012-present

Provide GIS training and project support to students and faculty through one-on-one consultations and group instruction

Coordinate ongoing series of basic GIS workshops for new GIS users (Introduction to ArcGIS; GIS Data Creation)

Assist with design and presentation of customized GIS workshops for specific disciplines or special topics (Thematic Cartography; Joins & Relates; GIS for History; Mobile Data Collection; GIS for Urban Studies; GIS and Hydrology)

Design and present the Cartography lecture section for the Fundamentals of GIS class (ESYS 144 – Fall 2011 - 2014)

Manage the software configuration and day-to-day operation of 9 computer SGC GIS lab and 21 laptop GIS teaching center

Act as the Expert Technology Partner between the SGC and University library IT group

Hire, train and supervise hourly GIS staff in providing basic GIS services

Co-manage Maps of Africa geo referencing project, exposing a number of historic maps for academic use

Managed the Japanese Military Maps index map project

Collaborate with various groups on campus for geospatial project support


Interim Geospatial Manager, Stanford Geospatial Center, Stanford University, CA     9/2014-1/2015

In addition to regular duties...

Faculty outreach and classroom support for the SGC

GIS Day 2014 event planning and coordination

Hire, train and manage SGC staff

GIS Assistant, Branner Earth Sciences Library, Stanford University, CA     1/2011-9/2012

Provided GIS training and project support to students and researchers through workshops and one-on-one consultations

ArcGIS training, database and analysis design

Led Introductory workshops on GIS concepts, functionality, data creation and management

Managed photo geo-location and database development project for campus base map

GIS Specialist, EMPSi, San Francisco, CA     4/2012-8/2012

GIS analysis related to EIS, RMP and EA studies depicting various options for impact or land use

Created high quality cartographic output for environmental proposals and reports

GIS Technician, City of San Mateo, CA     4/2009-4/2012

Supplied on-demand GIS and cartographic services across multiple city departments

Developed emergency tactical maps, fire district maps, and PDF booklets for first responders

Converted static City General Plan to digital GIS database

Cartographer & GIS Tech, Sacramento River Watershed Program, CA     10/2008-11/2010

Created hydrology, land-use & vegetation maps for watershed ecology atlas of Sacramento River Basin

Managed cartographic production in concert with SRWP project team

Provided consultation and evaluation of GIS data and topics used in atlas visualizations

Cartographer, California State Automobile Association, CA     12/1999-8/2008

Researched, compiled and created detailed CSAA road and recreation maps using Adobe Creative Suite

Initiated department effort to geo-rectify existing maps for co-ordinate overlays

Worked closely with outside agencies and organizations in collecting and verifying source material


Geography MA, San Jose State University, San Jose CA. Completion Summer 2015

(emphasis in the application of Geographic Information Science. course work in dynamic mapping, database design, and remote sensing)

GIS Certificate, Foothill College, Los Altos CA, 2009

Geography BA, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park CA, 1998

(emphasis in physical geography. course work in Geomorphology, Biogeography, Hydrology, Oceanography, Remote Sensing, & GIS)

Publications and Analysis

Maps in Overland Jounral (2011 - present)

Maps in Carelton Watkins: The Stanford Albums (Cantor Arts Center, 2014)

Map in Gull Juju (Lukas Felzman, Lars Müller Publishers 2015)

Maps in Panda Reserves study, Songster, E. (un published)

Co investigator "Characterizing the US Pediatric Population Access to Pediatric Anesthesiology Care", Muffley, M. (un published)