I am a reformed database administrator who now works in the Human Dimensions program doing GIS work with data about people. While I work with data about people, I'm not normally allowed to talk TO people since I am a former database administrator. I started with my GIS work at a small college in the hinterlands of upstate New York before deciding to move to the warmer climate of South Carolina, getting a Masters of Environmental Science at the College of Charleston as a consequence. The College of Knowledge is where I really got my GIS chops, working on things from mapping bobcats on a barrier island to creating an interactive campus map. I was lucky enough to get an internship at the NOAA Office for Coastal Management straight out of grad school, and thus began the circuitous path from spatial analyst to general tech geek to database administrator to spatial analyst. Now I spend my days clicking buttons and looking at maps about things like ocean economics and social vulnerability.