The Renaissance Geographer

Esri’s Jennifer D. Bell Uses Maps to Tell Stories that Matter

Below is an excerpt from an article by Carla Wheeler, ArcWatch Editor. 

Geography—even as a profession—is undergoing a renaissance. A new generation of geographers—working everywhere from government agencies to private companies—are pushing creative and technological boundaries as they analyze and synthesize information, tell stories with maps, and ignite change.

One of these new geographers is Jennifer D. Bell, a 26-year-old cartographic product engineer at Esri. Hired in 2014 on the heels of successful summer internships at Esri and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bell uses the geographic information system (GIS) software that Esri develops to create beautiful web maps in bold colors that please the eye and tell a story. She’s a geographer, cartographer, artist, scientist, and storyteller, wrapped up into one.

“I love my job, creating maps that are meaningful and could possibly bring change,” Bell said.

Read the entire article in this month’s issue of ArcWatch.

Thinking of applying for an Esri internship? Learn about Jennifer’s journey as a Software Products Intern.

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