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Western Michigan University
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5388 USA
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1970
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1963
B.A., College of Wooster, 1960
Dr. David Dickason has made excursions into the historical geography of trade, most notably the 19th century ice trade from New England to India, and more recently the 19th century pepper trade from Asia to the United States (and redistributed around the globe). Having begun as a quantitative geographer, in the early 1980s he developed, together with Professors Tom Hodler (Georgia) and George Hepner (Utah), computer graphics and mapping systems before interactive mapping software was routinely available. This lead him to yet another metamorphosis in the late 1980s towards geographic information science as a preferred research tool (and introduced geographic information science into Western Michigan University's curricula).
Dr. Dickason co-founded in 1989 Western's Groundwater Education in the Michigan Regional Center. He used geographic information science to analyze ground water contamination of Michigan's glacial drift aquifers and developed protection plans for local governments based on these analyses. In 1992 he established the Geographic Information System Research Center, with projects focusing primarily on issues of land and water management in Michigan. Dickason's work has been funded by the American Institute of Indian Studies, the National Science Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Western Michigan University and the Lucia Harrison Fund.