Plenary Speaker

The UGS 2019 plenary speaker is USM alumnus Derek Watkins. Derek obtained his B.S. degree in Geography from Southern Miss and his M.S. degree from University of Oregon.

To see a video of a recent talk and examples of his fascinating work, for which he has won multiple awards, go to his website

In Derek’s own words:

Derek WatkinsI'm a Graphics Editor at The New York Times, where I work as a designer, developer, reporter and geographer to visually present the news. I cover many topics, but I'm especially interested in how geography influences people's lives and their interactions with the environment. My technical focus is on how traditional forms of journalism can be improved by creative visual approaches and new technology.”