Hi, my name is Stefan Freelan and I make maps (and stuff).
I’ve been using GIS since the mid-1990’s, starting with IDRISI and moving on to ArcView, ArcInfo, ArcGIS and now ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online. To a lesser extent I’ve dabbled with open source platforms, but I’ve mostly been within the ESRI domain.
My main occupation is with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA (see: Stefan Freelan, WWU). At Huxley I work both with the Environmental Studies Department and for the Huxley Spatial Institute, and my duties fall into 3 categories:
- Assistant Director for the Huxley Spatial Institute
- Adjunct Faculty for GIS, GPS and Cartography classes
- GIS Specialist (technical support and GIS projects)
Prior to working at Huxley I worded for TerraLogic GIS (a private GIS consulting firm), Whatcom County Planning / GIS and as an independent GIS contractor.
In addition to Huxley I also teach workshops (most often these days with Warthog IS, but also Northwest Environmental Training Center and TerraLogic GIS in years past) and provide GIS and cartography consulting and services for clients.
As a cartographer, my most well-known work (to date) is the map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin that was created for and used during the campaign to get the name ‘Salish Sea’ adopted by the governments of Canada and USA. More recently I have been shifting my focus to web maps (in addition to static maps), notably the WWU Campus Map.
I received a BA in Environmental Ethics from Fairhaven College, WWU and a MS in Geography from Huxley College, WWU. My masters thesis was on Temporal GIS.
In addition to GIS… I have been known to: play the drums, juggle, sail, tour with the New Old Time Chautauqua and take road trips in my sweetie’s Sprinter van. I built my own house, occasionally work as a stage manager (Moisture Festival, Oregon Country Fair, etc.) and was an on-site project manager overseeing large-scale, volunteer-built playgrounds for 10 years. Meanwhile, my son recently graduated from high school and has entered the world of adulthood.