Andrew Jacobson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of GIS & Conservation

Shuford Science Building
  • Assistant Professor of GIS & Conservation
  • GIST Minor Coordinator 
  • B.A., St. Olaf College
  • M.E.M., Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Ph.D., University College London

  Jacobson is a conservation biologist who uses geographic information systems (GIS) to research the location and distribution of special species and places on planet Earth. Jacobson attended the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University where he earned his Master’s degree and began a specialization in GIS. Jacobson obtained his PhD from the Geography Department at the University College London, with research focusing on the distribution of large carnivores in human-dominated landscapes of East Africa. Before coming to Catawba College, Jacobson worked as a Science and Geospatial Advisor to the National Geographic Society, helping to identify and prioritize protection of wild places throughout the world. Jacobson is excited to begin collaborative research with Catawba students & faculty, as well as local organizations & non-profits. 

Interests: GIS, drones, conservation biology, carnivores, land & species conservation