Professor Scott Dobler

Scott Dobler

Scott Dobler is a geographer by training and has officially practiced geography since 1985. He completed an undergraduate degree in Geography/Biology at Morehead State University in 1987, and graduate school at Bowling Green State University in 1990. He has implemented geographic principles in many forms and has engaged geography in part or as a career in the private and public sectors:


  • United States Army National Guard (GIS Analyst -Western Kentucky Ice Storm, 2009)
  • Aerial Surveys firm in Lexington, KY (Cartographer/Photogrammetrist)
  • Kentucky Geographic Alliance, Non-Profit (Geoscience teacher training)
  • Kentucky Geographic Names Committee; 2012- Present; Chairman
  • Western Kentucky University (Geographer)
  • Latitude 36/Atmos Energy (GIS Analyst)
  • White House Utility District (GIS Analyst)

Geography is a unique content that practices dualism. From a K-12 perspective, it means that geographers explore the boundaries between social studies and science content. As an educator, he has taught over 22 separate classes ranging from crime mapping to aviation weather. As a professional geographer, he is just as comfortable talking about Human Culture as 3D printing landscapes for visualization.

Scott plays a “mean” banjo and all brass instruments. He is a woodworker and a gardener, and has traveled to all but 2 states in the U.S., and all the continents but Africa (coming soon…) and Antarctica (he is not that rich).

His last performance as a military musician (24 years in 3 bands) was in the RiverPark Center in Owensboro in the summer of 2011 with the 202nd Kentucky Army National Guard Band. Recently, a Western Kentucky University (WKU) article was published about how he used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help find connections for people in need.