Our Team

 

William Selby
William Selby

William Selby is a native Californian who has explored every corner of the Golden State.  He earned an undergraduate degree in geography from California State University, Fullerton and a masters in geography from San Francisco State University.  William has accumulated over 3 decades of experience teaching Geography and Earth Science at Santa Monica College. Professor Selby published his first edition of Rediscovering the Golden State in 2000. He is currently updating the text for the 4th edition which is scheduled to be released in 2018.

Since retiring from teaching William has remained active in the geographic community.  He frequently gives presentations at the American Association of Geographers, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers and the California Geographical Society. William also periodically volunteers his expertise for non-profit organizations and public institutions. His lifelong love and extensive knowledge of the Golden State is reflected in the book as well as in his continued service to academia, geography and the State of California. 

 

Geographer at Large

Rob O’Keefe is the creator and primary webmaster for our site.  He has worn many hats in his professional career; including reporter, computer programmer, business analyst, software developer and webmaster.  He holds degrees in Geography, Journalism and certificates in GIS and computer programming.   

An east coast transplant, Rob settled in California nearly 2 decades ago after becoming infatuated with the geography of the state.  He has traveled far and wide in his adopted home seeking to promote exploration, geographic awareness and conservation issues.  He has been involved with the Rediscovering The Golden State Project since 2005. 

 

Dr. Jing Liu
Dr. Jing Liu

Jing Liu is a Geography Professor teaching Physical Geography and GIS (Geographic Information Science) at Santa Monica College. She joined our team in the spring of 2017.

Jing earned her Bachelor’s degree in Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China in 2007 and her Master’s degree in Beijing Normal University and the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China in 2010. She then traveled across the Pacific Ocean to the United States to pursue a PhD and completed the PhD program in the Department of Geography in the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2017.

Her research interests include digital soil mapping, citizen science, and online web mapping. In addition to contributing to the Rediscovering the Golden State website, she is working on establishing a Geospatial Technology Certificate program in SMC, which is expected to be launched in Fall 2018.