ciesin geospatialGeographic information specialist Dr. Malanding Jaiteh has retired from Columbia University after 16 years of service with CIESIN. Dr. Jaiteh has been a key member of CIESIN's Geospatial Applications Division, helping to develop and update many unique data and information resources including the Human Footprint/Last of the Wild datasets, the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), the Natural Resource Management Index (NRMI), and the Gridded Species Distribution data collection. While at CIESIN, he taught courses throughout Columbia University, focusing on applications of geospatial data and technologies in conservation, public health, international studies, and sustainable development. He also conducted training in geospatial data management and applications in many parts of Africa in support of a variety of projects.

Dr. Jaiteh served as principal investigator for a major ecological assessment of the Hudson River for the Nature Conservancy and contributed to many other initiatives and projects in the geospatial and conservation communities. Dr. Jaiteh received his Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Wood Science at Michigan Technological University, a postgraduate degree from the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC) in the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Science from the Department of Forestry at Aberdeen University in Scotland. Dr. Jaiteh is returning to The Gambia to apply his unique geospatial expertise and experience to the pressing sustainable development challenges facing his home country, after the restoration of a democratically elected government earlier this year. Read More