Alexander Tait holds the position of The Geographer at the National Geographic Society where he leads geographic information system and locational data collection mapping initiatives and resources for National Geographic Labs. He provides cartography mapping and geography expertise for the Science and Exploration, Education, and Explorers programs at the Society. Tait has extensive experience in mapping techniques integrating field survey, satellite imagery, and other data sources for projects around the world. Prior to National Geographic, he worked for 25 years in private enterprise as lead cartographer and technical consultant on projects for government and private industry clients, including the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Defenders of Wildlife, and many others. Tait has also worked as a cartographer at the Washington Post and a lecturer in geography at the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin.
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