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.

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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 … Read more

GIS Tech position at MassGIS

GIS Technician (contract position)
Start date: July 5, 2016
Application Deadline: June 8, 2016

MassGIS is presently building the statewide GIS needed to support the Next Generation 911 (NG911) emergency response system. The mapping for this project includes Emergency Service Zones, address point locations, and a street network; these are linked to tables including a master list of street names and of addresses and of their respective aliases/variants.

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DEEP GIS Seasonal Resource Assistant

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Office of Information Management, is currently seeking to fill a 6-month, temporary position to work with the department’s GIS program. The work location is Hartford.

Duties (may include):

  • Updating the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) for Connecticut,
  • Providing technical assistance with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online to
    GIS users,
  • Creating new or updating existing documentation and metadata,
  • Designing and preparing of map services and web maps,
  • Designing and preparing maps formatted for printing distributed digitally,
  • Reviewing tabular and spatial data for accuracy, consistency and completeness.

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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.

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