Kim Hatch
Professor, Geography & Environmental Science

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“Man is always marveling at what he has blown apart, never at what the universe has put together, and this is his limitation.” Loren Eiseley Instructor for Physical Geography and Environmental Science:   M.A., B.A. Geography CSULB. Minor Environmental Studies and Geology.   As far back as I can remember I have always had an interest in nature and distant places.   As a kid I had collections of shells, rocks, foreign stamps, postcards, and maps.   I also liked listening to short-wave radio and building my own weather instruments.   Involvement with scouting developed my love for outdoor adventures. These interests nurtured by curiosity about the natural world.

In college I was interested in applied studies that would help me understand nature and man’s relationship to it. I chose geography because it is a broad discipline spanning earth and social sciences as well as applied technology.    I concentrated my academic efforts in physical geography and cartography.  

The cold war was going strong when I graduated with my bachelor’s degree and I was quickly hired at an engineering firm.   I began my professional career working in a photogrammetry department. Photogrammetry is about surveying and mapping the earth from aircraft and satellites. I was excited about my job because I was able to immediately build upon what I had learned in school.

Working in private industry was great, because I was surrounded by people who had similar interests, and everyone worked toward a goal as a multi-disciplinary team. Over the years I became a senior staff geographer and worked on many defense related projects.   These projects included terrain analyses for the army where expert knowledge of physical geography and cartography are required. These classified studies entailed reports and mapping of the vegetation, climate, soils, vehicle mobility, topography and infrastructure of foreign lands.

Later my employer encouraged me to obtain my master’s degree, which they generously supported.   As market demands changed and new opportunities arose I focused on my interests and knowledge on computer graphics, visualization, and GIS (geographic information systems). These skills helped me manage a large computer graphics department in an environmental engineering company.

Today I am happy to be teaching at LBCC and I look forward to instructing my students each semester.

Know the enemy, know yourself your victory will never be endangered; know the ground, know the weather your victory will then be total.” Sun Tzu, 500 B.C., The Art of War

Some Personal Favorites:

  • Family life
  • Hobbies: sailing, camping, reading
  • Places: Baja California Mexico, Escalante Wilderness, UT and the Channel Islands, CA
  • Authors: William Gibson, Carl Sagan, and Loren Eiseley
  • Music: Mozart, Nine-Inch Nails, and Orbital
  • Computer: Mac or PC
  • Radio: 89.3 fm and 162.550 MHz (NOAA radio)
  • Films: Just about anything directed by Peter Weir
  • Constellation: Orion
  • Animal: Horned Puffin fratercula corniculata