Panelists to discuss variety of uses for GIS during third annual celebration

Sam Miller
November 10, 2016

The third annual Ohio University GIS Day celebration on November 16 will feature two panels of experts who use Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to better understand the natural environment and human behaviors.  GIS Day events will be held from 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Clippinger Hall, room 119.

In the first panel, Suzie Prange, Ph.D., furbearer specialist and research biologist at Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife will discuss her research of threatened and endangered forest wildlife species, specifically the return of the bobcat to Ohio. . Talking alongside her will be Garrett P. Sisson, master of science in biology candidate at Ohio University. Sisson is a conservation biologist broadly interested in how human-caused stressors affect wildlife populations. He will be discussing his research focused on how a newly-constructed highway impacts a population of endangered timber rattlesnakes.

The second panel will feature Mark Lachman and Steven Porter. Lachman a lifelong resident of Athens County and currently works as the coordinator for Athens Public Transit while also being a candidate for a master of science in environmental studies at OHIO. His portion of the panel will discuss using GIS to study daily travel patterns. Porter is a member of the GIS Team at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. He will discuss his knowledge of both spatial and non-spatial data analysis, creating visualizations and software tools within GIS.

The purpose of GIS Day is to showcase that the technology is more than just creating maps and has countless applications into research and real-world environmental, social and policy questions. The celebration will look at GIS as a 21st-century platform for communicating information about our dynamic world in a more visual way.

Anyone interested in applying GIS to research, real-world issues and regional projects is invited to attend as this free public event. Pizza will be provided in between sessions, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle as this is an Earth Day, Every Day Green Event.

Ohio University GIS Day is presented by the Ohio University Department of Geography and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.  Other sponsors include the Fire to iPhone theme in the College of Arts and Sciences,  the OHIO Zero Waste Initiative and the Earth Day, Every Day series.

For more information, contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu or visit https://www.ohio.edu/ce3/news-events/events.cfm.