Prof. Ryan Scamehorn

Instructor in Geospatial Mission
Experiential Learning Specialist
International experience:
  • Austria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Czechia
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Laos
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Vietnam


Master of Science, GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria
Bachelor of Arts, English, Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI, USA


Professor Ryan Scamehorn is a spatial analyst, geospatial storyteller, linguist, English language teacher, curriculum developer, and grant writer who has combined his passions by designing interactive learning experiences in Korea; creating ESL permaculture-based curriculum in Viet Nam; utilizing satellite imagery for the URISA GISCorps Hurricane Irma disaster response; supporting the Medecins Sans Frontieres, American Red Cross, World Bank, Bing, and USAID through advanced mapping contributions to Humanitarian OpenStreetMaps; developing teacher professional development workshops for Malaysian teachers, performing spatial analysis of Malaysian educational data, and teaching English language skills to students in China. Prof. Scamehorn has immersed himself in many global cultures, learned five languages, and has integrated geospatial storytelling with population-based and environmental research while partnering with organizations and individuals in utilizing remote sensing and geoinformatics in order to make real-time, risk mitigating decisions. Professor Scamehorn has participated in professional GIS conferences in Austria, Belgium, Indonesia, and Malaysia. He and his family live in Michigan, USA.  


Software Skills

∞ Adobe Photoshop  ∞ ArcGIS  ∞ ERDAS Imagine  ∞ JOSM  ∞ Microsoft Office  ∞ Oracle Spatial  ∞ Python  ∞ QGIS  ∞ R

GIS Skills

∞ Cartographic design and theory ∞ Data Modeling and data structures  ∞ Data Sources and data acquisition  ∞ Environmental monitoring  ∞ geoDBMS  ∞ Geographical Analysis  ∞ Graphs and networks in GIS  ∞Indicator design  ∞ Open GIS and distributed GI infrastructures  ∞ Project management for GIS  ∞ Remote sensing  ∞ Spatial statistics  ∞ Story Maps  ∞ Teaching with GIS  ∞ Visualization

Programs supported