Justin is the President and Managing Director at Farther Afield. He has worked in the Geospatial & Mapping industry for over 8 years and has lead projects featured in NPR, Forbes, Slate, the New York Times, and the Smithsonian Magazine. He specializes in Cartography, Web Mapping, and Digital Storytelling through maps and visualizations.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Environmental Studies with a focus on Geographical Information Systems and Technologies. His thesis research was on the historical and present reforestation of red spruce in the Appalachian Mountains where he grew up.
Growing up in West Virginia, the outdoors were a big part of his life and lead him to a career in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and eventually launch Farther Afield. There he combines his love of the outdoors and technology.
Dan is a goal-driven professional with over a decade of experience in consulting, software implementation, data analytics, and managed services. His project and people management expertise has helped organizations in multiple industries throughout his career. He is a proven leader recognized as a role model who inspires others to work collaboratively and innovatively, provides a work environment that supports a culture of equality and belonging, and leads effective teams to achieve results. Dan holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.
Nathaniel Ayers assists Farther Afield with visualization, website, and graphic design work. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts, Nathaniel has done visualization work for several higher-ed institutions, museums, and publications.