Brian Blankespoor is an Environmental Specialist in the Development Research Group. He joined the Bank in September 2007. His research interests are in the geographic aspects of development related to topics such as water, climate change, conservation biology and economic geography. Prior to the Bank, he held analytical positions in the private sector and World Wildlife Fund. He holds a M.Sc. in Geography from Oregon State University and a B.Sc. and B.A. in Computer Science and IDIS Geography and Chemistry, respectively, from Calvin College and he is a certified GIS Professional (GISP).