Dr. Peter Gorsevski explores Pelister National Park in Macedonia

Dr. Peter Gorsevski explores Pelister National Park in Macedonia

Gorsevski to bring geological expertise to Macedonia as Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Peter Gorsevski, geology, will travel to Macedonia this month as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Bordered by Greece and Bulgaria, Macedonia isn’t foreign to Gorsevski. He is a native of the country and in 1992 received his bachelor’s degree in forestry at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University there. He received his master’s degree in forest engineering from Oregon State University in 1996 and his doctorate from the University of Idaho in 2002.

A specialist in geospatial sciences, Gorsevski uses satellite technology and other data to interpret natural processes. The information can help humans “hopefully interact and manage things like forests, water resources and other natural resources in both an economically and environmentally sustainable way,” he said.

He said he wanted to return to Macedonia because he knows the language and has “expertise in precisely the data and land-management strategies that a developing nation like Macedonia can really benefit from.

“I like to work on research that will help Macedonia adapt to its transition toward a market economy, with all the related challenges that brings for Macedonia’s rich natural environment.”

He plans on sharing his findings with other researchers and faculty, as well as with students and the Macedonian government.

“I’d like to develop a strong network of researchers and others who are interested in bringing Macedonia into the 21st century in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner,” he said.

Gorsevski said he was drawn to BGSU by the new School of Earth, Environment and Society.

“Its diversity of faculty, cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and bright student body really impressed me when I came here to interview,” he said.

He is still a new face on campus, having joined the BGSU community just this academic year. For that reason, Dr. Charles Onasch, geology and director of the school, was surprised that Gorsevski won the competitive award.

“It’s a tremendous honor and a very competitive fellowship, and he got it relatively early in his career,” Onasch said.

Gorsevski was also surprised. “This is truly an honor for me. When I was working on the grant, I knew the odds were small because the competition is so great. I will endeavor to do the best research and teaching work I can, to live up to the Fulbright standard.”

Even with the prestigious award, he doesn’t forget his students, who are one of his two favorite parts of the job.
“It’s hard to choose what I like better: working with students or working with data,” Gorsevski said. “Either way, each kind of work helps inform the other and keeps me productive.”

Luckily, Gorsevski won’t have to choose between students and data this spring; he will incorporate both teaching and research into his experience.

His research interests include GIScience and remote sensing, grid modeling, multicriteria decision analysis, and terrain and watershed analysis.

January 7, 2008