Thursday, November 20, 2014: GIS Day! 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!

Middle and High School Students: 3-5 pm (Location TBD)
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.

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 fill out the Registration Form. We are in search of posters! Last year we filled Burney Auditorium with posters and we would like even more this year. If you have questions please email Dr. Halls at The deadline to submit the registration form is October 30.

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 MS in Marine Science, 2013 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 BA Geography & GIS Certificate, 2011 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.
Trevor Lancaster US Army Corps of Engineers    
Jovian Sackett Southern Environmental Law Center

BA Environmental Studies and Geography, 2004

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.
Amanda Williams      
Joe Waple      
Kerri Allen      
Aaron Caldwell      

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

Campus Map

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

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