What’s New in the GIS Laboratory

GIS Student Presents at the UIS STARS Symposium

Over the past two terms, undergraduate student Nate Hoyle has worked hard to create a comprehensive map of tree diversity on the UIS campus.  His work involved collecting GPS waypoints with his smartphone into a previously designed geodatabase structure using the ArcGIS Online application.  Around 2400 total trees were surveyed, providing information about the spatial trends, species, species group, and percentages of tree types around campus.  Nate found significant differences in the biota of the ‘older’ East side of campus with the ‘newer’ West side.  Nate’s next goal is to assess the overall biodiversity of campus by looking at bird, animal, and human components of campus;  ultimately, he hopes that his efforts will influence future planning of campus facilities and grounds.

Nate Hoyle's UIS Campus Tree Map

Congratulations to Nate on a job well done!

GIS Web Applications

The GIS Lab has been busy lately, creating GIS Web Applications utilizing ArcGIS Online technology as well as ArcGIS Server 10.1 to host Web Applications on our new state-of-the-art GIS Server. Our web maps include a UIS campus tree survey, an Emiquon River Otter latrine site map, a map displaying GIS applications in the reconstruction of the Medieval Barking Abbey in London, a Sangamon County, IL hazards map, and an Illinois coal mine map. We have provided links to these applications on our ‘GIS Web Applications‘ page. The page also contains detailed descriptions of the each project. Check back for more GIS Web Applications in the future.

GIS students present at the ILGISA 2012 Spring Conference

Three groups of students presented their ENS 404 final projects at the Illinois GIS Association’s Spring Conference on April 19, 2012. Presenting groups included:

  • Nathan Grider and Zach Dolbeare – Indentifying Reintroduction Targets for Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula) in Illinois using ArcGIS10
  • Joe McNamara and Stephanie Garrison – An Assessment of Environmental Justice Surrounding Nuclear Facilities in Illinois
  • Laurette Nessa and Kokuvi Agbodo – Social Determinants of Infant Mortality in the United States

UIS GIS Presenters

Congratulations to these UIS GIS presenters on a job well done!