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Shannon Sprott

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Shannon Sprott is a long-time member of the GIS community providing GIS and GPS services for over 20 years to many organizations, from local county government to non-profits. She has a great passion for the work she does within both the GIS industry and the classroom.

Professional Background

Shannon currently works as a contract GIS specialist for the USGS where she gets to work on current updates to the PAD-US (Protected Areas Database – US) database layers. Previously, she worked for 10 years as the GIS/GPS coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Biological Research Laboratory providing GIS and GPS support to staff, visiting research scientist and students alike. The start of her GIS career was working as the GIS technician for 10 years for Gunnison County, where she was able to assist in critical dataset creations such as newly created parcels, and E911 addressing data for emergency services.

Helping Students Be Successful

Shannon enjoys the diversity of her GIS work in life but thrives most when in the classroom and guiding others in learning about spatial data concepts, database creation, and the overall joy of map making. Her attentiveness and time put into her courses helps students to feel supported and confident when learning new software platforms. Shannon teaches her students introductory GIS concepts, geospatial technologies, geodatabase applications and some environmental modeling such as hydrologic processes. Her core instructional materials will have them feeling prepared for future courses and careers as successful GIS professionals. She is readily available via email and virtual office hours to answer questions, provide guidance, and offer insights from the GIS, GPS, and Geospatial world.


Shannon earned her B.A in Environmental Biology & Ecology from Western Colorado University and her M.S in Geographic Information Science from University College at the University of Denver.