Faculty Profile: Abraham Parrish
Between undergrad and grad school (1994-1998), Abraham also served a four-year active service stint as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army in the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia and the 1st Armored Division at Ayers Kaserne Kirch-Göns & Friedberg, Germany with two tours in Bosnia & Hercegovina as part of the international North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Implementation and Stabilization peacekeeping Forces (IFOR/SFOR) where he managed the Brigade Map Collection, processed confiscated small arms weapons, inspected heavy weapons at cantonment sites, mapped mine fields, and tracked ethnic crime in the Multinational Division North (American led with Russian, Turkish, and Nordic/Polish Brigades) around Brčko and Tuzla.
Abraham specializes in the Environmental Systems Resource Institute’s (ESRI) ArcGIS suite of GIS software, web GIS, and geodatabases, offering instructional workshops and consultation services for its utility in research and teaching. Curation of GIS data sets, support for field collection & organization of spatial data via GPS technology, and dissemination of spatial information via print or the Internet for publication or collaboration round out the array of services offered. He is also a GIS Consultant and professional cartographer with several dozen maps published primarily in the academic press and has been a member of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) since 1998.
His research interests include historical land tenure, health,food & culinary geography, and cartographic & navigational scientific instruments. Born and raised in Hawaii, he also has an interest in island culture & geography, particularly its role in geopolitics.