Dr. Kim Diver is founder and director of WesGIS, which promotes the use of GIS and related technologies in pedagogical and research activities across the liberal arts and sciences. She is also founder and director of the GIS Assistant Program, which pairs GIS savvy students with faculty to facilitate the use of spatial data analysis techniques in faculty teaching and scholarship.

Kim’s research focuses on island biogeography, with particular interests in water level changes, isolation metrics, forest dynamics, and applications of GIS to investigate spatiotemporal distributions of insular plant species. In addition to island biogeography research, Kim has, through collaborations with colleagues and students, used GIS to investigate the geography of ash decline, homeless populations, fall colors, and more. For more information, go to the research page or cv.

Kim’s biogeography research combines empirical and theoretical approaches not hitherto utilized within the scope of island biogeography theory to investigate spatiotemporal distributions of insular species and to examine impacts of human-environmental interactions and global environmental change on species diversity patterns. Her current research sites include temperate freshwater islands within the Great Lakes (Canada) and tropical marine islands within the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean (Republic of Panama). Internal and external funding has allowed Kim to mentor students on facets of her research, leading to geospatial analysis projects and theses applicable to conservation and environmental science research. She has research publications in Annals of the AAGJournal of Biogeography, and Northeastern Geographer.

Enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join the research group, be a GIS Assistant, or take a class. Visit the people page to learn about student research projects and where graduates have gone after Wesleyan. Visit the teaching page for course descriptions.

Contact info: Kim C. Diver, Associate Professor of the Practice, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, 265 Church Street, Middletown, CT 06459, kdiver@wesleyan.edu, 860-685-2610