GIS News



Students Win GIS Awards at Mid-South GIS Conference

Congratulations to the Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Biology, and Urban Studies majors who presented their GIS research projects at the 2014 Mid-South GIS Conference. Four students completed in the GIS Scholarship competition: Brooke Rose (′16): GIS analysis of beef cattle farms in Tennessee (2007-2012) -- winner of the $2000 scholarship; Conner Bradley (′15): Connecting Memphis through green spaces; Erin Lowrance (′15): Spatial relationships between African elephants at the Memphis Zoo; and Maraia Tremarelli (′15): Spread and transmission of the Ebola virus. Eight students participated in the poster competition, with Rhodes students winning 1st- and 2nd-place prizes: Brooke Rose (′16) and Sara Rodriguez (′16): Amphibian and reptile species richness in Shelby Farms Park -- 1st place; Taylor Sieben (′15): Arboreal mapping of the Memphis Zoo -- 2nd place.


Three Environmental Science Students Win GIS Awards

Environmental science majors Alix Matthews ′14, Maraia Tremarelli ′15, and Mary DuBose ′14 won awards for their GIS projects at the 2013 Mid-South GIS Conference. Alix won a $2000 GIS Scholarship for her project "Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus): GIS analysis of population decline across Arkansas." Maraia won 2nd place in the student poster competition for her poster "Hurricane Sandy: Who was affected and who was helped" and Mary won 3rd place in the poster competition for "Access to outdoor recreation in Davidson County and Shelby County, Tennessee."


Three Students Win GIS Awards

Congratulations to John Menz ′14, Roberta Moore ′14, and Alison Lang ′13 for awards they received at the 2012 Mid-South GIS Conference. John won a $1500 GIS Student Fellowship for his oral presentation and written paper "Arboreal mapping of the Memphis Zoo: Long-term sustainable management plan." Roberta won both 1st and 3rd place for two posters: "The influence of historic streetcar lines on economic development" and "Changes in tree coverage and steps toward arboretum certification at the Memphis Zoo." Alison won 2nd place for her poster "Fish diversity of the Conassauga River."  


Student Presents Zoo Research at ESRI Conference

In July 2012 Adam Alsamadisi ′12 attended the ESRI Users Conference in San Diego, California. Adam gave a presentation on "Greening the Memphis Zoo with GIS," which was coauthored by Andy Kouba (Memphis Zoo) and Sarah Boyle (Rhodes College). Funding to attend the conference was generously provided by Rhodes College and the Memphis Zoo.


Students Win Awards at GIS Conference

Congratulations to Becky Vandewalle ′12 and Allie Dillon ′12 who won 2nd and 3rd places, respectively, in the student poster contest at the Memphis Area Geographic Information Council annual GIS conference. Becky′s poster was "Memphis heritage at risk" and Allie′s poster was "The historical city planning of New Orleans, elevation, and Hurricane Katrina."


Student Presents Research at SCGIS Conference

In July Adam Alsamadisi ′12 attended the 2011 Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) conference in Big Bear Lake, California. Adam presented two research posters at the conference. The first research poster, "Human and Elephant Conflicts in Namibia," was coauthored by Blaire O′Neal ′12. The second research poster, "The Environment as an Actor: GIS and International Relations," was coauthored by Camilla Taufic ′13. At the conference Adam networked with conservation biologists from around the world, building a better understanding of technology and natural resource management and protection. Travel was made possible through the Rhodes College Environmental Studies and Science Program, as well as the Rhodes College Student Travel Fund. Adam is a Rhodes Student Associate in the GIS Lab.


Facebook Group for GIS Users

Rhodes students, faculty and staff are invited to join the "GIS at Rhodes College" Facebook group. The purpose of the group is to allow for communication among people who want share ideas, learn about opportunities, and find out more about what′s going on at Rhodes and in the Memphis community.


GIS Lab Receives New GPS Units

Professor Boyle received a grant from the GeoTech Center in Summer 2011 to purchase five GPS units for the GIS Lab. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by the GIS Lab to learn more.


Students Win GIS Competition

Twelve Rhodes students participated in the 10th Annual MidSouth GIS Conference on November 18-19, 2010 in Germantown, TN. Rebecca Vandewalle ′12 presented a talk "Visualizing archaeological data using Google Earth and GIS," which was coauthored by Professors Moreland and Boyle. In the Student map competition, Rhodes students submitted six posters, and won 1st place and 3rd place.

Adam Alsamadisi ′12 and Blaire O′Neal ′12 won first place for their poster "Human-elephant conflict in Namibia." Lee Bryant ′11 and Jared Swenson ′12 won third place for their "Changes in undeveloped land acreage along the Wolf River" poster.

Students also presented the following posters at the conference: "Where in the world are Rhodes College students" (Rebecca Vandewalle ′12), "Remote sensing of land cover in succession areas" (Brad Hensley ′12), "Effects of land cover on parasite prevalence in snakes" (Adiha Khan ′13, Kimber Jones ′13, Matthew McCravy ′12, Matt Grisham ′13, Anna Johnson ′11, and Professors Davis, Luque de Johnson and Boyle), and "The effects of headcutting on Wolf River channelization and adjacent wetlands" (David Siu ′12).  


GIS Conference, November 18 & 19

Make plans to attend the 10th Annual Mid-South GIS Conference! The conference will be held November 18 and 19 in Germantown, TN (Great Hall of Germantown, 1900 S Germantown Rd.). There will be a map poster competition open to all, with a special category for student map posters.


GIS Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the GIS Awards at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (URCAS) at Rhodes College. Becky Vandewalle ′12 won for her oral presentation "Archaeology and technology: visualizing archaeological data" and Andy Foss-Grant ′10 won for his poster presentation "Using GIS to model the consequences of global climate change" at the April 30 event.


Students Attend GIS Meeting

Rhodes Student Associates Andy Foss-Grant ′10 and Becky Vandewalle ′12 recently attended the 9th Annual Mid-South GIS Conference in Germantown, TN. Andy participated in the student map competition with his poster "Areas of Texas at high risk for water contamination" and both students met GIS professionals from universities, government, and the private sector. Andy and Becky both work in the GIS Lab through the Rhodes Student Associate Program.