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has a Ph.D in Forest Science at Michigan Technological University in 2000. Dr. Jaiteh is now a GIS Specialist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University. His work includes GIS training, integrating GIS and Remote Sensing technologies in research and educational programs.