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Brendan James Hurley Faculty Member

Brendan is an assistant professor in GIS at The George Washington University, Department of Geography, teaching Introduction to Cartography and GIS, Techniques of Spatial Analysis, and Geospatial Statistics. Before becoming full time, he taught as an adjunct professor for the department, where he was selected as a finalist for GW's student-athlete Professor of the Year. He also is a PhD candidate in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences at George Mason University (expected 2021). Brendan’s research interests include spatial clustering of events, the underlying spatial theory behind them and how those events affect decision-making. He has published in a wide array of peer-reviewed journals, from PloS One to Marine Ecology Progress Series, and has accrued over 1100 citations to date. Before joining the Geography Department, Brendan was a Science Fellow in the United States House of Representatives, and spent 15 years doing conservation and GIS work around the country. This included right whale conservation research in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.; Hawaiian Monk seal field work in Hawaii; and aerial surveys in the Arctic Chukchi and Beaufort seas with the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, where he suggested renaming the project “Marine and Coastal High Arctic Marine Mammal Ecological Research”—or the MC HAMMER project. Sadly, this was declined. He currently lives in Fredericksburg Virginia with his Rottweiler Bruce Wayne, who probably wants a walk right now.

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