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Bowlick, Forrest J.


Geography education
260 Morril Science Center
Phone: (413)-577-3816




PhD, Geography, Texas A&M University, 2016

MS, Geography, University of Idaho, 2012

BA, Geography – GIS, University of Northern Colorado, 2010

Research Interests 

Forrest’s research investigates how students learn GIS, especially in the growing field of CyberGIS. Through analysis of curriculum and instruction in GIS, Forrest aims to build an evidence-based understanding of how GIS programs function, and what knowledge, skills, and practices make up the GIS degree. He has additional research interest in geography education, geography in higher education, resources of the elements, and tropical glaciers.

Recent Publications

Bowlick, F. J., Goldberg, D. W., & Bednarz, S. W. (2017). Computer Science and Programming Courses in Geography Departments in the United States. The Professional Geographer, 69(1), 138-150.

Bowlick, F. J., Bednarz, S. W., & Goldberg, D. W. (2015). Student Learning in an Introductory GIS Course: Using a Project‐Based Approach. Transactions in GIS.

Bowlick, F., Andermatt, K., Besmar, C., Erbe, J., Lopez III, R., White, J., … & Carroll, K. M. (2015). Defining the Palouse: Using Overlap Analysis to Delineate an Informal Region. Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, 77, 40-51.

Bowlick, F. J., & Kolden, C. A. (2013). Effects of an introductory geography course on student perceptions of geography at the University of Idaho. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37(4), 515-535.

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