J. Spencer Riddile

Envisioning and contributing to the more beautiful world my heart knows is possible . .

Outdoorsman, Geographer, GIS Specialist, and Web Developer


Spencer Riddile is currently working as a Geographic Information System (GIS) and CAD Support Specialist for the Communications Network Services (telecommunications provider) division of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Spencer has an educational background in natural resources and professional experience in web application development and geospatial technologies such as GIS. His academic and professional interests involve applying geospatial technology to study and solve natural resource issues, as well as open source software, volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing and citizen science.

An avid bike rider, hiker and paddler, Spencer very much enjoys recreating outdoors. He values opportunities to introduce other people to the natural world and has acquired training to lead groups in the wilderness through his work as a camp counselour at Camp Susque as well as participating in the Advanced Wilderness Leadership Program (AWLP) at HoneyRock Camp, a program based on principles used by Outward Bound.





Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication)

Information about permaculture


"I can testify that when you are in psychological distress and someone really hears you without passing judgment on you,
without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good!"
—Carl Rogers