Raechel Bianchetti White


"Raechel White received her doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University Geography program in 2014. Her doctoral research explored the cognitive processes and knowledge that facilitate remote sensing image interpretation and the use of geovisual analytic approaches to facilitate insight generation from imagery. Prior to that, she studied remote sensing at the University of Idaho for a variety of physical science applications including geological mapping on Mars and forests in Idaho. Raechel's research encompasses a range of approaches to integrating human knowledge, computation, and visualization of remote sensing imagery. Specifically, she used Object-Based Image Analysis and Cognitive Science methods to explore the relationships between human expertise, visualization, and insight development. With the increasing availability of remotely sensed data for both scientific and public audiences, understanding the processes that facilitate understanding as well as the limitations of reasoning with imagery can inform the design of new systems to support image analysis. It's at this interface between human and image that Raechel is most interested in. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods from both image analysis and human computer interaction, she is able to bring unique perspectives to the use of remote sensing imagery for science and communication."

Course Programs

Course Spotlight

pile of maps

Cartography and Visualization (GEOG 486) covers design principles and techniques for creating maps with contemporary mapping tools. Students will be introduced to future-focused application topics such as augmented and virtual reality, mapping with multivariate glyphs, the visual depiction of uncertainty, interactive geovisualization, and (geo)visual analytics, and decision-making with maps and mapping products. Visit the course.

Faculty Spotlight

Maria Wherley

Maria Scalzi Wherley (she, her) is a Learning Designer and Writer-in-Residence with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Penn State. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Learn more about Maria to see what she has to say about online education.