Jonathan has a BSc Honours degree in Geography from the University of South Africa. His Honours research investigated the value of how a mobile-based GIS application could benefit tourism safety and promote sustainable people-nature interactions in the Drakensberg Mountains. Prior to his Honours, Jonathan completed a BA degree in Environmental Management as well as a six-month course in Geographical Information Systems, both at the University of South Africa. He plans to further his studies and achieve his MSc in Geography in the near future.
Jonathan has joined Urban Earth as a sustainability intern (2017-2018) and is currently working on various sustainability projects. In addition to working on these, he is also involved with aspects of the Urban Earth sustainability portal, as well as assisting with any general tasks that may arise. This internship will not only introduce Jonathan to working on real world sustainability projects and gaining valuable experience, but also provide him with the opportunity to improve various skills such as conducting research, report writing, editing and presenting findings.
Before Jonathan joined the Urban Earth team he worked as a GIS intern for 3DroneMapping, an aerial land surveying company that specialises in using unmanned aircraft systems to supply high resolution, accurate aerial services to various professionals such as land surveyors, engineers, farmers and developers. During this period, Jonathan gained extensive GIS experience using an array of specialised software.
In his spare time Jonathan enjoys computers, film photography, working on cars and spending time either hiking and camping in the Drakensberg mountains or swimming in the ocean.