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GIS Program

Kealey Vigielmo '17 - American Kestral Nesting Success Landscape Analysis
Andrew Young '17 - Brook Trout Spawning GIS Analysis
Max Mauer '18 - Wind Turbine Placement in NYS and Hawks
Michelle Knuepfer '17 - Land Use Change in St. Lawrence County and Grassland Bird Habitat
Morgan Smith '17 - Wetland Delineation of SLU Kip Tract

The GIS Program at St. Lawrence University is one of many services offered by the Libraries and Information Technology Division. Located on the top floor of the Launders Science Library, we provide instructional, technical and research support to the St. Lawrence University community in the use of geospatial software and technology.  We offer instruction and support relating to Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Systems.

GIS Support

The St. Lawrence University Libraries' GIS Program supports GIS across the curriculum with help for faculty, staff and students.   We provide one-on-one instruction, class instruction, technical support, and help with the use of GIS in research design.  We are also able to identify spatial data sources for use in research or class projects. 

The GIS staff is available Monday thru Friday 8:30 - 4:30 to instruct students and faculty in the use of GIS and GPS. Student GIS Technicians are available for technical support Sun – Thurs evenings in the Elberty Spatial Analysis Lab.  Contact Carol Cady, GIS/Map Specialist to find out how GIS can enhance your studies.

GIS News at SLU

Summer 2017:
A handful of GIS students got busy with GIS related internships this summer all over the US.  They will present their work at the upcoming NYGeoCon 2017 Conference in Lake Placid, NY.  We will have examples of their work as the Fall 2017 semester gets going.

GIS Maps Specialist, Carol Cady, attended the Google Earth Engine Summit 2017 at the GooglePlex in Mountain View, CA, to learn how to incorporate Google Earth Engine for large-scale cloud-based geospatial analysis in research and teaching.

Spring 2017:

GIS Students Present at SLU Festival of Science - GIS Students, Michelle Knuepfer '17, Max Maurer '18, Morgan Smith '17 and Andrew Young '17 presented posters at St. Lawrenece University's Festival of Science on April 28.  Michelle employed the Remote Sensing technique NDVI to examine Land Use Change in St. Lawrence County and the Impact on Grassland Bird Habitat 2001 -2017.  Max's poster titled Assessing Impacts of Wind Turbine Placement on Migratory Birds examined bird sightings and elevation data.  Morgan focused on GPS and wetlands in his poster Wetland Delineation of the St. Lawrence University Kip Tract and Andrew Young displayed the steps need to  troubleshoot a GIS Model on Brook Trout Spawning for the NYS DEC in his poster Troubleshooting a Topographical Index GIS Model for Brook Trout Spawning 

Ongoing Projects:

Mapping the Laurentian Legacy: We are working with Donor Relations to create an interactive web map that shows all of the named spaces across University property.

Faculty Support: Continued support on custom GIS projects for this semester with a variety of themes.

Facilities: Collecting geospatial data on underground infrastructure with GPS.

Orienteering Course: Control points and posts are in the ground with sign markers on the Kip Tract, Anna Breton '19, a current SLU GIS student technician and member of Orienteering USA, is working with OCAD to create maps for a beginner and advanced course.

 A few links to story maps, created by faculty, staff, and students: The Arab Spring and Historical Topo Maps