Geographic Information Science


Nancy Hoalst Pullen

Director, Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science Program
Professor of Geographic Information Science and Geography

Contact Information

Office: Social Sciences (SO 22), Room 4052
Phone: 470-578-2391
Fax: 470-578-9147


Nancy Hoalst Pullen is a Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GISc) Director at Kennesaw State University. She obtained a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.A. in Geography from Indiana State University, and a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Geography from Valparaiso University. She is also co-Editor of the journal Applied Geography and is an affiliated faculty with the Environmental Studies program. Nancy's current research interests include the geographies of beer, [sub]urban forest dynamics, environmental perceptions of Latin Americans, inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary teaching pedagogies, and the use of GIS and remote sensing in urban planning (USA) and forestry management (Chile). Her dissertation research measured and compared soil and hydrologic properties of tropical forests across a global network of Smithsonian (STRI) research sites in Ecuador, Panama, and Malaysia. She has co-edited (with Mark W. Patterson) two volumes, The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment and Societies (2014), and Geospatial Technologies in Environmental Management (2010), and has [co-]authored publications in Applied Geography, Geocarto International, Geography Compass, Journal of Geography, Journal of Global Initiatives, Journal of Vegetative Science, and Planning and Socioeconomic Applications. Nancy has taught nearly two dozen different courses at KSU since 2006. Most often, she teaches courses in physical geography (Weather and Climate, Biogeography) and GIS (Cartography, Advanced Topics in Geospatial Science). Additionally, she enjoys working with students on Direct Applied Research (DAR) projects, with several receiving grants, presenting at local, regional and national conferences, and/or co-authoring publications. Nancy fully supports students doing off-campus learning opportunities, and has taught KSU (and other) students in Chile (2008), Bolivia and Peru (2009), Ecuador and the Galapagos (2010), Belgium, Ireland and The Netherlands (2015), Colorado (2001-2005), Tennessee (2008, 2013), West Virginia (2009), Indiana (2010), and of course, Georgia (2006-present).

Program Members

Ingram, Uli
Mitchelson, Matthew
Patterson, Mark
Pullen, Nancy
Suther, Bradley
Tu, Jun