Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr is Associate Professor at Clark University in both the School of Geography and the Department of International Development, Community & Environment, where he coordinates the graduate program in Geographic Information Sciences for Development and Environment. He teaches courses in Geographic Information Science (GIS), statistics, quantitative modeling, and natural resources management. His areas of application include projects that examine and forecast how human-induced transformation of the landscape influences water quality, nutrient flows, and carbon budgets. He has created the land-use change model GEOMOD and several new statistical techniques to compare maps at multiple resolutions. These techniques are now available in the GIS software Idrisi. He is also active in the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) and Human Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) programs. Gil holds a Master of Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University and a doctorate from the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry.