Fernando Sanchez

Assistant Professor of Practice

MS-GIST Online Coordinator

I am a quantitative researcher and educator with research experience in both STEM and the social sciences. My professional career centers around data analytics and has evolved in the context of three major fields: palaeoecology, anthropology, and environmental management, with technical expertise in geospatial analysis and technologies, and practical scholarship in rural recovery and revitalization. After graduating in history (minors in geography and anthropology) I completed graduate degrees in Quaternary sciences, applied statistics, Geographic Information Science, and operations research, and was awarded an international doctorate in interdisciplinary studies with a dissertation that focused on geospatial analysis, software development and land-use modeling in a human palaeoecological context. Throughout my scientific career I have served interdisciplinary teams of Europe, North America and Asia with holistic perspectives on the interrelations between the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the information sciences, which has enabled me to incorporate systems thinking into my scientific and teaching work. This approach to science, coupled with first-hand exposure to cross-cultural classrooms, has eventually influenced my teaching style. In addition to knowledge transfer, I seek to encourage critical thinking and inspire new perspectives in the students. My lectures are founded on principles of erudition and scientific reasoning, and on my commitment to create a comfortable learning environment, seeking to stimulate the student's interest in the lectures and their engagement in the discussion of the disciplines that comprise Geography and the Spatial Sciences.