Dr. Melinda Laituri received her PhD from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in geography. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a Rachel Carson Fellow. Dr. Laituri is the Director of the Geospatial Centroid @ CSU that provides information about GIS activities, education, and outreach at CSU and in Colorado. Dr. Laituri’s research interests are diverse. She has worked with indigenous peoples throughout the world on issues related to natural resource management, disaster adaptation, and water resource issues using geographic information systems (GIS) that utilize cultural and eco-physical data in research models. A key focus is participatory GIS where indigenous peoples develop spatial information and maps essential for their management of their own resources. Other research work focuses on the role of the Internet and geospatial technologies of disaster management and cross-cultural environmental histories of river basin management. She has research activities throughout the world that include Ethiopia, Kenya, Botswana, Vietnam, Mongolia, Uganda, the Yukon River Basin, and the Colorado River Basin.