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K-State Today

October 11, 2022

Geography 2022 distinguished alumnus to present Oct. 14 colloquium

Submitted by Chuck Martin

The College of Arts and Sciences' geography and geospatial sciences department will host Brownie Wilson, GIS and support services manager in the geohydrology section of the Kansas Geological Survey in Lawrence. Wilson will present "Looking at the Kansas High Plains Aquifer through GIS-Tinted Glasses" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Wildcat Chamber of the K-State Student Union. 

Following the presentation, Wilson will be presented with the geography and geospatial sciences department's 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award.

"Through his work first with the Kansas Water Office and more recently with the Kansas Geological Survey, Brownie has contributed immensely to our understanding of water resources in Kansas, including the Kansas High Plains Aquifer, the sole source of water for the western third of the state," said Chuck Martin, head of the geography and geospatial sciences department. "He has been a pioneer in the use of GIS to map and understand this critical natural resource. We welcome him back to campus where he will have the opportunity to interact with our current students and faculty and be honored with the department's highest award for alumni." 

In addition to his responsibilities in designing, developing and maintaining GIS databases and applications for the survey, Wilson has been instrumental in producing and updating the survey's widely used electronic atlas of the Kansas High Plains Aquifer.

Wilson received his Bachelor of Science in 1991 and his Master of Arts in 1993, both in geography, from Kansas State University.