Ms. Carrie Gray-Wood
Jonas Academic 128
Carrie Gray-Wood is an Instructor of Geography at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Her Master’s thesis was on changes in resource perceptions in Custer County South Dakota due to shifts in the economy during the twentieth century. As a cultural geographer, she is intensely interested in the study of cultural landscapes. Her research work currently focuses on cemetery landscapes and gravestone iconographies. Recently, she has also begun utilizing Humanitarian Open Source Mapping (HOSM) to teach and engage students. Within HOSM, satellite imagery is utilized to create open source maps for humanitarian aid agencies to achieve specific projects, such as AIDS/HIV education programs, generate estimates of flooding impacts, and assess the damage of natural disasters. Carrie has been involved in student travel nationally and abroad, as both a student and a faculty member. She believes strongly in the importance of enabling students to travel as a way of broadening their cultural and geographic experiences. To date, she has had the good fortune to travel to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Jamaica, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, and Italy. When not engaged in research or teaching, she puts her energies into the fiber arts.