GIS Day Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The Department of Geography and Geology at UNCW is hosting a day of activities to celebrate GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. Students, faculty, staff and members of our regional and local community are invited to come check out these events! Please fill out and submit the registration form so that we can make sure there are enough refreshements for the Research Symposium!

Please fill out the Registration Form. We need to make sure we have booked spaces that are big enough to handle the turn out(!). If you have questions please email Dr. Halls at

Middle and High School Students: 3-5 pm (Location: DeLoach 125 and Bear 202)
Middle School students will use GIS to prepare for the Road Scholar Science Olympiad event and High School students will get outside to collect field data and then use GIS to make maps of the UNCW campus. Please email Dr. Dennis Kubasko for details (

Research Symposium: 5-7:00 pm (Lobby in the Computer and Information Science Building)
All faculty, staff, students, and GIS community are welcome! We will be having a poster session and keynote address. Please email Dr. Joanne Halls for more information (

Career Panel: 4-5 pm (DeLoach 114)
UNCW alumni will meet with current undergrad and graduate students to talk about geospatial careers.

Name Organization UNCW Program Bio
Matt McCarthy
Univ. of South Florida, College of Marine Science
2013: MS in Marine Science, UNCW
Matt grew up in Gainesville, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 studying anthropology with minors in geography and classics. He enrolled at UNCW in 2010 for the M.S. Marine Science program with Dr. Halls as his major advisor, who taught him everything he knows about GIS. For his thesis he used GIS and remote sensing methods to map Masonboro Island with high resolution satellite imagery, determine the best methods for future classification of the island, and identify habitat change from 2002 to 2010. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in marine science at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science in the Institute for Marine Remote Sensing. His dissertation uses GIS and remote sensing to study how land cover and climate change affect coastal water quality, while also developing methods to accurately map wetlands with high resolution satellite imagery.
Jessica Patrick Hermes LLC and Salty Dog Yoga & Surf 2011: BA Geography & GIS Certificate, UNCW After progressing through a variety of jobs, she was hired at Hermes LLC to work as an associate researcher/GIS consultant on a project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, particularly focused on post-disaster mental health and preparedness in underprivileged black communities in North and South Carolina. During her time with Hermes LLC, she was afforded the opportunity to use open source GIS software to aggregate data from various sources to create resource and risk maps, manage participant data, and lead community-based basic mapping platform trainings.
Jovian Sackett Southern Environmental Law Center

2004: BA Environmental Studies and Geography, UNCW

I live in an old mill house in Durham, NC with my wife, Maggie, 2 year-old son, Grayson and 2 rescue dogs, Eva and Barley. In my free time, I enjoy craft beer, spending time with my family, running, soccer, and studying cartographic/geospatial applications for environmental and social issues (yes, really). I first learned GIS from Dr. Halls in 2002 and continued to use it as an academic and independent research tool on through graduate school at the University of South Carolina. This continued exploration gave me a wide range of applied GIS experience when I began my job search.
Kerri Allen

Education Manager
Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Juno Beach, FL

2013: MS, Geology UNCW
2011: BA, Geosciences (minors Geospatial Technologies and EVS)

Kerri is an environmental educator who has been working with children, adults, and scientists since 2007. At Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida, Kerri works to develop science curriculum for K-12 students, train educators in cutting edge science research, and implement conservation initiatives in her local community. Kerri’s passions include educating the public about the wonders of our oceans, and working to make them safe for all, people and marine life alike. While not working, she can be found swimming, paddling, diving, hiking, and fossil hunting along Florida’s dynamic coast.

Amanda Williams
Senior Geospatial Analyst,

Geographic Information Services, Inc.

2009: MS, Marine Science, UNCW

2004: BS, Geographic Science, JMU

She is the Operations Lead for the Navy Shore Geospatial Energy Module, which is a location-based, standardized reporting system that enables the U.S. Navy to work towards its energy reduction goals. She also manages the web-based World Reef Map for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.
Aaron Caldwell Software Engineer, National Geophysical Data Center (NOAA), Boulder, CO

2013: MS Computer Science & Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in GIS

I received a BS in Biological Sciences from NCSU in 2006. I worked for several years in life science industries before going back to school to give my career a more software/technical focus. I was admitted as a graduate student in the CSIS program at UNCW in Spring 2010 and soon after was admitted to the newly created graduate GIS certificate program. I was hired by GE upon finishing my coursework for a rotational software engineering leadership program spanning 2 years. Upon finishing this program I came back to UNCW to finish a final research project which completed both my MS in CSIS and my graduate certificate in GIS. Following this I moved to Colorado and joined NOAA/CIRES as a Software Engineer and this is where I am today.

Visitor Parking: Please use M Lot which is located next to the baseball field. See the campus map

Campus Map

Are you interested in advancing STEM education? Check out this paper about how to use GIS to improve STEM education.

GIS is used in a vast array of applications spanning natural resources, business, and social sciences. Here is a list of the disciplines that utilize geospatial technology.

Here is how GIS at UNCW can change the way we teach, do business, and conduct research.

Do you know of current events and/or activities? Please send to Dr. Joanne Halls (

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