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. To a lesser extent I’ve dabbled with open source platforms, but I’ve mostly been within the ESRI domain for the last 2 decades.
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 Spatial Institute
- Adjunct Faculty / Instructor for GIS 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.
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 increasingly shifting my focus to web maps (in addition to static maps), notably the WWU Campus Map.
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, 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.
I received a BA from Fairhaven College (Environmental Ethics), WWU and a MS in Geography from Huxley College, WWU.