Simon Fonji, Ph.D. 

Professor of Geospatial Mission
Spatial Analysis & Remote Sensing Specialist
International Experience: Cameroon, USA, Netherlands



  • PHD Geography, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Master of Science, Geosciences, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Science, Geology, University of Buea, Cameroon
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, The City University of New York, New York, NY


Professional Certifications

  • Post-Graduate Certificate, GIS, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
  • Certificate, Project Management & Supervision, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA


Teaching Specializations

  • Geographic Information Systems(GIS)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Computer Cartography
  • GIS Database Administration
  • Terrain Modeling


Academic Experiences

  • GIS Instructor, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
  • Research Assistant, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN


Professional Experiences

  • Geospatial Application Developer, Governor's Office of Administration Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
  • Geospatial Technical Writer,
  • Geospatial Lead, Accenture, Hartford, CT
  • GIS Specialist, TGS Geophysical Company, Houston, TX
  • GIS Specialist, Center for GIS and Partnership, Memphis, TN
  • Geo-environmentalist, Rural Medical and Environmental Foundation, Cameroon



  • Simon F 2013. Ecological Niche Modeling using cluster analysis to determine suitable environments of Giant Hogweed occurence. Geospatial World Forum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Simon F. 2012. Using Remote Sensing and GIS to assess the effects of land use/cover changes on the occurrence of Giant Hogweed in Latvia. American Association of Geographers(AAG), New York City, New York
  • Simon F. 2010. The most unwanted invasive species in Latvia (Giant Hogweed). Mid-south GIS Conference, Memphis, TN
  • Mike L., Simon F. 2010. Monitoring and modeling the spread of poisonous invasive Giant Hogweed in Latvia using PPGIS and satellite image analysis. PECSRI 24th session living in landscapes, Riga and Liepaja, Latvia
  • Simon F. 2006. Petroleum Systems of West African Basins. Shell Research Center, Houston, TX

    Professional Memberships

  • American Association Petroleum Geologists
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Geologic Society of America
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists


Honors & Recognition

  • Russian, Central Eurasian and East European Specialty Group of the Association of
    American Geographers (AAG)



  • Pigen English, native fluency
  • English, native fluency
  • French, intermediate fluency