Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Celebrating GIS Day with NGA

Happy belated GIS Day!

On Nov. 18, our student interns got to celebrate with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Journeymen and Apprentices Brad Janocha, Katie Walker, Erika Koontz, and Shannon Preen all presented posters about their projects they’re working on in the lab.

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Shannon Preen and Brad Janocha

The research posters that the interns presented were about our projects, Poplar Island and Megacities. The Poplar Island project is funded by the Maryland Environmental Service and produced for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and analyzes how elevation changes can affect the growth and “dieback” of vegetation on the island. Junior and Journeyman Erika Koontz is the project manager for the project. Koontz is heavily involved in all things environmental – from being an environmental studies major, with a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies, to being involved in the Habitat for Humanity at Washington College, to having interned with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Brad Janocha works with the megacities project, dealing with Lagos and Mumbai. Janocha is a senior and international studies major. His experience and interest in international studies “allows him to work closely with a defense agency on projects related to megacities.” Janocha studied abroad and worked in Morocco last semester, and has worked and managed a variety of different projects for the lab, such as mapping opiate use in Maryland’s Mid-Shore Region.

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 Katie Walker is a junior and environmental studies major and earth and planetary sciences minor. Walker joined the lab in March 2015, but because of all her hard work, is already a Journeyman Leader. Walker has worked on a lot of different projects in the lab, such as  marketing the linear risk terrain model, editing website content, mapping tourism areas in Queen Anne’s counties, grading states on their renewable energy efforts, and developing the Eastern Shore Harvest Directory.

Shannon Preen is a First-Year student working at GIS, but her hardwork at the lab and diligence at her work has her rising through the ranks.

Great job on your posters!

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