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Faculty Image Kevin McManigal
Office: 206 Stone Hall
Phone: 406-243-6691
Fax: 406-243-4840
Curriculum Vita: View/Download CV


Current Position:

Lecturer in Cartography and GIS
GIST Certificate Coordinator

GIS Certificate Website


Kevin McManigal has intimate knowledge of the modern GIS and cartographic workflow. Employed as a professional cartographer, he is a recognized innovator among his peers at the North America Cartographic Information Society. He teaches cartography as an art form, utilizing GIS and graphics software to produce maps that inform and inspire. He also has extensive travel experience, including mountaineering expeditions to Alaska, Europe, and South America. His field research includes trips to the Sierra Nevada of California, the Himalaya of Nepal and Bhutan, and the Altai of Mongolia, where he studies the dynamics of glacial change.

Office Hours:

Office Hours Fall 2014:
Tues 2-3, Weds. 12-1
Or By Appointment

Field Of Study:

Cartography, GIS, Remote Sensing, Mountain Geography, Glaciology


FORS\GPHY 284 - Introduction to GIS and Cartography
FORS 350 - GIS Applications
GPHY 491 - Applications in GIS
GPHY 481 - Advanced Cartographic Design


M.S., The University of Montana, 2011
Geography with Emphasis in Cartography, Repeat Photography, and Glaciology
Thesis: Retracing the 1910 Carruthers Royal Geographical Society Expedition to the Turgen Mountains of Mongolia – Reconstruction of a Century of Glacial Change (Dr. Ulrich Kamp, advisor)

B.A., Humboldt State University, 2006
Geography (major) with Emphasis in Cartography
German (minor)

Graduate Certificate in GIS & Remote Sensing, Humboldt State University, 2006
with Emphasis in Glacial Remote Sensing


Adventure Cycling Association
American Center for Mongolian Studies
American Alpine Club
Association of American Geographers
California Geographic Society
Gamma Theta Upsilon
Humboldt State University Geography Club
International Commission on Mountain Cartography
North American Cartographic Information Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Society for Conservation GIS
The University of Montana Geography Club

Specialized Skills:

Cartography, GIS, Remote Sensing, Mountain Geography, Glaciology

Professional Experience:

2008-2011: GIS Specialist and Cartographer, Adventure Cycling Association.
2006-2008: Freelance Cartographer and Web Developer, Orange Peel Cartographic.
2005-2006: GIS Manager and Cartographer, North California Wintu Tribe.
2006: Lead Cartographer, North Coast Open Studios.
2005: Cartographer, Institute of Cartographic Design.
2001-2006: Sales Associate, Northern Mountain Supply.
2002-2006: Rock Climbing and Sea Kayaking Guide, Center Activities HSU.
1997-2006: Adventure Ropes Course Facilitator and Builder, Lodestone Adventures Inc.
1998-2001: Director of Climbing Program, The Boojum Institute for Experiential Education.
1995-1998: Summer Camp Director, YMCA Camp Bluff Lake.


Grants and Scholarships

2009-2011: Teaching Assistant Scholarship, The University of Montana.
2010: Bertha Morton Scholarship, The University of Montana.
2010: Research Scholarship, American Center for Mongolian Studies.
2010: Research Grant, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Bhutan.
2010: Nikwax Mountain Award, American Alpine Club.
2010: Arthur K. Gilkey Memorial Research Grant, American Alpine Club.
2005: NSF-NASA Field Science Grant, Juneau Icefield Research Program.
2005: John L. Harper Scholarship, Humboldt State University.
2004: William L. Squire Scholarship, Humboldt State University.
2001-2003: CR Memorial Scholarship, CR Foundation League Scholarship, Ingebritson Humboldt Area Foundation Scholarship, College of the Redwoods.

Awards and Honors

2011: Association of American Geographers, Mauna Kea Student Presentation Award.
2011: Association of American Geographers, Photography Competition, 3rd Place.
2010: Gamma Theta Upsilon, International Geographical Honor Society,
2010: Golden Key International Honor Society, The University of Montana.
2009: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The University of Montana.
2006: Student of the Year, Humboldt State University.
2006: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Humboldt State University.
2006: Christopherson Geosystems Paper Award, Joe Beaton Professional Poster Award,
Professional Computer Displayed Map Award, California Geographic Society Conference.
2005: Christopherson Geosystems Paper Award, Joe Beaton Professional Poster Award,
McKnight Professional Paper Award, California Geographic Society Conference.
2005: Outstanding Delegate, West Coast Model Arab League
2003: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, College of the Redwoods.

Selected Publications:

McManigal, K., U. Kamp [co-authors] (2013): Glacier Retreat in Mongolia. Flyer about glacier monitoring and research expeditions to the Turgen Mountains of Mongolia. Produced by the Royal Geographic Society and distributed to 650 High Schools in the U.K. as part of science education curriculum.

Kamp, U., B.S. Krumwiede, K. McManigal, M. Walther & A. Dashtseren (2013): Glaciers of Mongolia – Summary. In: Williams, R.S., Jr. & J.G. Ferrigno (eds.), Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World: State of the Earth’s Cryosphere at the Beginning of the 21st Century. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1386–A, A75 and A128.

Kamp, U., K.G. McManigal, A. Dashtseren & M. Walther (2012): Documenting glacial changes between 1910, 1970, 1992 and 2010 in the Turgen Mountains, Mongolian Altai, using repeated photographs, topographic maps and satellite imagery. The Geographical Journal, 179, 248-263.

McManigal, K.G., S.J. Halvorson, N. Wangdi, U. Kamp & T. Wangchuk (2012): An investigation of glacial retreat and impacts on water security in Lunana Valley, Bhutan. Himalaya, 31, 52-54. 

McManigal, K. (2012): Practical Cartographer's Corner, Graphic Styles and the    Appearance Pallet in Illustrator CS5. Cartographic Perspectives, Number 69-Spring.            

2006: Proceedings of the Western Snow Conference Annual Symposium, “Correlation of Temperature and Snow Water Equivalency in the Sierra Nevada.”

2006: The California Geographer, “Applying Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques to Measuring Mass Loss in the Palisade Glacier, Sierra Nevada, California”

2005: The California Geographer, “The Economic Geography of Switzerland's Special Relationship with the European Union.” 

Other Publications:


2013: Adventure Cyclist Magazine: "Ride Greater Yellowstone, Map," "Touring Central Montana, Map."

2013: Map for book chapter written by Professor Mizuki Miyashita. “Map of the Blackfoot Reservations”.  

2012: Adventure Cyclist Magazine: “Mongolia by Bike, Map,” “In the Land of the Long White Cloud -NZ, Map,” “The Canadian Flathead, Map.”

2011: Adventure Cyclist Magazine: “Swiss Alpine Bike Route #1, Map.”

2010: Adventure Cyclist Magazine: “Billy The Kid Trail, Map,” “St. Albans Raiders, Map,” “Two Africas, Map.”

2009: Cartography Design Annual: “Map of Glacial Lake Missoula.”

2009: Adventure Cyclist Magazine: “Riding the Roof of the World, Tibet Map,” “Norway in Granny Gear, Map,” “September in the San Juans, Map.”

2008: Adventure Cyclist Magazine: “Enrique’s Colombia, Map.”