Students present posters, win prizes at GIS conference

Eight E&ES 344 Advanced GIS students presented posters at the Northeast Arc Users Group Spring Spatial Technologies Conference, May 9, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The posters highlighted the students’ semester-long research and service-learning projects incorporating applications of advanced geographic information systems skills. Titles and abstracts for the posters can be found at Stephanie Ling (’16) won the poster contest with her innovative spatial humanities research with Prof Gary Shaw examining the spatiotemporal mobility of bishops in Medieval England. E&ES 344, taught by Kim Diver, is a project-based learning course that is part of the Academy for Project-Based Teaching and Learning hosted by the Center for Pedagogical Innovation. The 14 students in the course conducted independent research projects, worked with faculty on their research projects, or collaborated with community partners on service-learning projects. Half of the course’s projects were represented at the conference.

IMG_0010Stephanie Ling explaining her prize-winning poster to a conference participant





IMG_0020Pierre Gerard and Laura Dempsey next to their poster outlining service-learning work for the Middlesex Land Trust




IMG_0011Sophie Breitbart next to her poster about the spatial distribution of fish genetics





IMG_0009John Hossain talking with a conference participant about his coastal flooding project

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Dynamic Mapping of Secondary Cities Symposium at Harvard

Dynamic Mapping of Secondary Cities Symposium
June 14-15, 2016
Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis
Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Secondary Cities in the developing world are rapidly growing urban areas that are regional hubs for commerce, services, and governance in developing countries that often do not have adequate planning mechanisms for future development and growth. This symposium will focus on the foremost data collection tools and technologies used to map urbanization in such cities. It is part of the Secondary Cities initiative, a global collaboration of universities and organizations supported by the Humanitarian Information Unit of the Office of the Geographer of the State Department.

This event is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit…

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Spatial Ecology Internship at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Conservation GIS Lab ( at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking interns, to start in June.  We focus on conservation applications of GIS and satellite remote sensing for research and management of endangered species. Most of our projects focus on charismatic endangered species that are managed at our facilities and for which we have field ecological and conservation programs in the wild.  Examples are Asian elephants, Przewalski’s horse, Asian wild dog, and giant panda.

The role:  

  • Analyze dense time-series remotely sensed vegetation data.
  • Streamline the computation process through high performance servers and automate data processing and analysis.
  •       Construct statistical model to examine climate and anthropogenic drivers to long term changes of vegetation dynamics, as well as to study its consequences on wildlife populations.
  • Integrate and analyze data in GIS.

Interns will be involved in a few research projects and be advised directly by spatial ecologists at the Conservation GIS Lab. Interns are also expected to assist with everyday lab management and help with short GIS training courses.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Strong background in programming (R/Matlab/Python/etc.).
  • Experience in processing dense time series remote sensing data.
  • Experience in process large raster datasets.
  • A good knowledge ecology and statistics.
  • Basic knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcGIS or QGIS), remote sensing are desirable.

The internship includes a modest stipend ($ 600) and free dormitory-style housing.  Internship is expected to start in June 1st 2016.  Please send letter of interest and resume to Resume should include contact information for 3 references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter.

Positions are open until filled, and are minimum 3 month. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods.

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA.

SCBI’s mission is to advance conservation of biological diversity. In meeting the Smithsonian Institution’s mandate, SCBI increases knowledge through investigations of threatened species, habitats, and communities, and disseminates knowledge through advanced studies, professional training, and public outreach.

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Mapping Catholic lands for environmental sustainability

Read about Molly Burhans’ nonprofit called the GoodLand Project, which aims to map church-owned lands using GIS technology and then use the information for better stewardship of the land.

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Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities

2016 CGA Conference: Space, Place, and Geographic Thinking in the Humanities

Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA), Harvard University, April 28-29, 2016

Conference Website

Geographic thinking and reasoning, empowered by the rapidly developing geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and more recently, collaborative online mapping, spatial data exploration in social media, cyberGIS, spatiotemporal computing and more, has been embraced by a wide range of disciplines, becoming an integral part of the digital inquiry and quantitative research toolkit. This is particularly evident in the humanities in recent years, attested by the “geo” and/or “spatial” branded new publications, new interest groups, and new research platforms.

How have the concepts of space, place, and geographic thinking, been contributing to the academic findings of the humanities? What are the recent breakthroughs in both the technologies and their applications? What are the stumbling blocks? Where are the missed opportunities? What will the future look like, and how to shape it?

This conference is aimed at bringing humanists together with geospatial technologists and theorists, reviewing current status, achievements, lessons learned, unmet needs, challenges, potentials and perspectives of applying geographic analysis in the humanities. Invited speakers will present their on-going explorations, inspiring cases, and expert views across a range of domains and disciplines, and engage with each other and the audience in discussion and debate.

This event is free and open to the public.
Arts and Humanities Research Computing, Harvard University
The Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Harvard Library
Harvard Map Collection
Arts and Humanities Division, Harvard University
Humanities Center, Northeastern University

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GIS Internship Opportunity

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Land Acquisition and Management Program, is currently seeking to fill an unpaid College Internship. The work location is Hartford.

The work will focus on digitizing and georeferencing archival materials, database management, and cadastral mapping for CT DEEP’s property boundaries. The parcels will be associated with documents like land deeds, easements, and management plans.  The information will be made publically available in the Public Use and Benefit Land Registry web application.

Duties (may include)

(1)    Scanning and creating PDF documents of land deeds, easements, management plans and other documents

(2)    Using ArcGIS to create and edit parcel boundaries including using Parcel Fabric editing tools

(3)    Reviewing tabular and spatial data for accuracy, consistency and completeness

Eligibility:  The DEEP seeks students who have completed their sophomore year of academic courses and earned 60 academic credits. Students must be currently enrolled in either a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree Program.

Qualifications:  Applicants will need a working knowledge of ESRI ArcMap and ArcCatalog software. The following experience/skills would be a plus: editing in ArcGIS, COGO, reading deeds, cartography, parcel editing, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS Online. Coursework in geography, GIS, or closely related field is preferred.

Hours per Week:  This is a flexible position, between 8 and 40 hours per week (plus lunch), Monday through Friday within normal business hours.


Anticipated Length of Position:  This is a temporary position, lasting approximately 3-4 months. The anticipated start date would be on or after May 16, 2016.


To Apply: Submit a college internship application, letter of interest, and resume, to:


Graham Stevens

Connecticut DEEP

Bureau of Central Services, Land Acquisition and Management

79 Elm Street, 6th floor

Hartford, CT 06106 (email submittals preferred)



More Information on the College Internship Program:

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GIS Working Group Meeting, April 27

Do you plan to integrate geographic information system (GIS), mapping, or other spatial analyses into an upcoming course or project? Perhaps a GIS Assistant can help.

GIS Working Group Meeting
GIS Assistants: What can they do for you?
Wednesday, April 27, 2:40 pm
Usdan 110
During the meeting, current and former faculty participants in the GIS Assistant Program will discuss their experiences with including a GIS Assistant in their teaching or research. The meeting is open to all faculty and staff.

The GIS Assistant Program’s two main objectives are to facilitate student learning of spatial data analysis and to facilitate use of spatial data analysis techniques in faculty teaching and scholarship. The GIS Assistant Program consists of 4-5 GIS savvy students available to help faculty, staff, and students with GIS-related needs. Assistance can be large-scale such as helping to design a course module or implementing spatial analyses for a research project. Or you can request someone for specific short-term tasks such as to geocode a dataset or create a map. The GIS Assistant Program is two-fold:
(1) A GIS Assistant is paired with a Wesleyan faculty member to assist with GIS-related aspects of a course or a research project. This allows faculty to integrate GIS-related content into courses or to incorporate GIS into a long-term or mini project. You can request a dedicated GIS Assistant for partial or entire semesters (average of 5 hours per week). To request a GIS Assistant, fill out the application form at
(2) GIS Assistants hold regular drop-in hours at the QAC Tutor Center ( The drop-in hours are designed to help students, faculty, or staff with GIS-related questions. For example, to discuss how to feasibly incorporate a spatial context to a project or to get help with a specific skill. No appointment is necessary.

The GIS Working Group is an informal meeting to explore issues of incorporating geographic information systems (GIS), mapping, and spatial technologies into teaching and scholarship. The main goal of the group is to connect the growing network of Wesleyan’s GIS users in order to provide an inclusive venue for engaging interested faculty and staff in exploring and expanding the use of spatial technologies in their own work and to foster interdisciplinary collaborations.

For more information, contact:
Kim Diver
Assistant Professor of the Practice

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Esri Story Telling with Maps Contest

Everyone has a story to tell. Harness the power of maps to tell yours and win a trip to San Diego

The Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest challenges you to send them the best story maps you’ve got! The grand prize winner will receive airfare, accommodations, and registration to the 2016 Esri User Conference. (Who wouldn’t want to be in San Diego in June?)
The first 500 people to submit a story map will receive an extremely stylish T-shirt just for entering the contest.

I Want to Tell My Story and Win

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GIS position with Global Forest Watch Commodities at the World Resources Institute

WRI is seeking a GIS Research Analyst II for the Global Forest Watch Commodities team. Apply for the position on the WRI Careers page.

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GIS Teaching Assistantship to support MS in Geospatial Technologies student

The Urban Studies Program at The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a GIS teaching assistantship to support a MS in Geospatial Technologies student during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Compensation includes monthly stipend and tuition support for three quarters of teaching. The TA will be expected to co-teach one section of Maps and GIS (our Introductory GIS course) during the Autumn quarter and to teach one section of the same course during each of the Winter and Spring quarters. The TA will not be responsible for curricular development as we have an established syllabus and set of lab assignments that are used in all of our introductory GIS courses. This course is offered in the evening hours and does not conflict with graduate courses in the MS in Geospatial Technologies Program. Please be aware, however, that you will be either attending class or teaching three evenings per week while in residence as a graduate student at UW Tacoma.

To apply please contact:
Matthew Kelley, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Urban Studies and Geographic Information Systems
University of Washington Tacoma

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