Me, briefly

Geography, tech, and the finer things

Who Am I?

Nick Ronnei is a Geographer who taught himself how to code as an undergrad and found a passion for it. He particularly enjoys web mapping and spatial analysis. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Science. Nick works on a project which uses regression kriging and Monte Carlo Simulation to reduce the impact of uncertainty propagation in GIS operations that use SRTM v4.1 or ASTER GDEM v2 elevation data. For his part, Nick is developing a raster data distribution system to disseminate the results of that research to scientists around the world.

Nick is a full initiate of the FOSS Geo temple, relying on PostgreSQL, PostGIS, QGIS, GDAL/OGR, and other free and open tools to do his work. Nick believes that these techologies are essential because they guarantee access to the world of spatial analysis for anyone on the planet who has an internet connection. Nick believes the role of the modern geospatial developer is to use these widely available tools to build applications which anticipate and meet users’ needs.


M.S. in Geography, Michigan State University

  • Lansing, MI
  • Fall, 2015 – Spring, 2017

B.A. in Geography, University of St. Thomas

  • St. Paul, MN
  • Fall, 2011 – Fall, 2014


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