Gerco Hoogeweg, Ph.D.
Chief Operations Officer, Soil and Water Quality Scientist
Gerco has spent over 18 years working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in agriculture, environment quality, endangered species assessments, health, spatial data infrastructure, web-based GIS, and emergency management. He has managed many geospatial analysis and distributed modeling (using PEARL, PRZM, etc) projects in the US, Australia and Europe. In these projects, not only are pesticides considered but also new emerging contaminants of interest. As the lead soil scientist, Gerco provides support on projects requiring the use of the USDA SSURGO database, the Soil Landscape of Canada database, the Australian Soil Resources System, and the European Soil Database. He also conducts ecoregion and GIS-based soil crosswalks.
In addition to his day job, Gerco has taught several courses and workshops for students and professionals and is skilled in using complex spatial, geo-statistical, and environmental assessment models. His primary focus is on the application of GIS in the agro-chemical industry, geo-spatial modeling, risk assessments, and he is actively involved in the development of spatial-temporal risk assessments methods of pesticides and endangered species.
Gerco also has over 15 years of experience in consulting and project management, including needs assessment, software design, software development, quality assurance, and implementation of software applications. Gerco also manages personnel in Waterborne’s Data Technologies Team.
Gerco grew up in the Netherlands and moved to the United States 23 years ago. He currently lives in rural northern Loudoun County, Virginia. Much of his spare time is spent bird watching, gardening, photography, and working on a wide variety of home projects.