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David Stolarz

David is a Level Two Ph.D. student in the Earth and Environmental Science program at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. David worked for the government of Nassau County for twenty-two years, eleven of which were on their award-winning Geographic Information System (NCGIS). During that time, he attended school at night and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University, performing at the Dean's List level of accomplishment, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Hunter College, New York which provided him with a formal education in GIS. His first public website,, was developed in the early 90's, and is still available. David's dissertation work is to design a method to protect public value by examining the impact of sea level rise in a suburban coastal setting. As part of his gradate work, he has completed the CUNY Graduate Center Certificate Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy for which he has designed Seal Web, a public interface to promote ocean literacy in the region, available at His long term goal is to work on the policy level to bring the federal, state, and local geographic resources into the classroom to ensure that the public of the future has a firm grasp of the tools of governance, and makes informed decisions regarding the future course of economic, environmental and social development.

David Stolarz worked as GK-12 teaching fellow at Astor Collegiate Academy High School in the Bronx, and is currently completing a second year GK-12 Fellowship at the High School for Environmental Studies in Manhattan.