Advanced GIS (EVERGREEN) Presentations
6:00 pm Dec 4th, 2017
by The Evergreen State College Master of Environmental Studies Students
at The Olympia Center (222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501), Room 100
You are invited to attend the Final GIS Project Presentations of the Master of Environmental Studies Advanced GIS class members for the fall quarter of 2017.
Students will present their original mapping projects, based on their learning of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology over the past year. The presentations will use ArcGIS technology to feature webmaps and apps of their own design, showing the results of their research.
The students will present their mapping projects in a public forum at the Olympia Center, in downtown Olympia, on the evening of December 4th, 2017. The Olympia Center is at 222 Columbia St NW in downtown Olympia. There will be a sign directing participants to meeting room 100.
Students will give six presentations averaging 30 minutes each, with time for Q&A. There will be breaks, with light refreshments available for participants and visitors.
The event will begin at 6:00 pm and end by 10:00 pm. Visitors are welcome to attend all or part, anyone may come and go as their schedule permits. We look forward to your participation and comments.
If you have questions, please contact Mike Ruth (Adjunct Professor for Advanced GIS): firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP by email if you intend to attend.
- Bird and Bat Injury Distributions in and Around Thurston County
- Habitat Conservation – Ways to Engage
- Type N Experimental Buffer Study and Stream-associated Amphibian Distributions
- Spatial Survey of Invasive Plants at Priest Point Park
- Rufous Hummingbird Demography in Washington, 1970 to Present
- Food Desert and Swamp Walkability in Pierce and Thurston County
- Mazama Pocket Gopher Habitat in South Puget Sound
Bird and Bat Injury Distributions in and Around Thurston County
Allyson Borges and Caitlyn Roehmholdt
Our project investigates the spatial and temporal analysis potentials of reported wild bird and bat injuries/illnesses in Thurston County and surrounding areas. We used data acquired by Stephanie Estrella at Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue in Olympia, WA; the data spans from November 2012 to present day. While the collected data is impressively extensive and detailed, we do have recommendations regarding collection practices for local rehabilitation centers as well as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (who require that rehabilitators keep a ledger of wildlife intakes). We originally anticipated finding temporal and spatial trends based on species, date of injury, type of injury, and location of injury, but ultimately discovered an unexpected motivation for our project that we’re excited to discuss.
Habitat Conservation – Ways to Engage
Paula Smillie and Elyse Thompson
We will be demonstrating how to use GIS tools to focus habitat conservation efforts. With the use of map overlay analysis, buffers, and a habitat suitability model, our goal is to produce maps that identify habitat areas of concern for the marbled murrelet and the Canada lynx.
Type N Experimental Buffer Study and Stream-associated Amphibian Distributions
Tara Newman and Reed Ojala-Barbour
We developed an interactive story map about the Type N Experimental Buffer Study which evaluates the effectiveness of headwater riparian buffers in the timber managed landscape. Headwater streams comprise 70% of stream lengths in Western Washington and are relatively understudied. We created a map showing the extent of headwater stream networks in the managed landscape. In these streams, amphibians are the dominant predator/vertebrate. The impacts of logging on amphibians are poorly understood, but some researchers have observed significant declines in amphibian populations after timber harvest. For each amphibian species of interest, we included pictures and created a distribution map. Additionally, we conducted a case study of four sites in the Willapa Hills region of Washington to demonstrate the utility
of LiDAR data for assessing habitat parameters. We used Digital Terrain Models and Digital Surface Models derived from LiDAR data to calculate streamflows, elevations, slopes of tributaries, and vegetation cover at each site. In future analysis, this could be used to compare habitat parameters between sites and to show variable distribution of amphibians within sites.
Rufous Hummingbird Demography in Washington, 1970 to Present
Kenzi Smith and Amanda Mintz
Are rufous hummingbirds in decline, and if so, why? We are comparing rufous hummingbird sighting data to human population density and temperature data from the 1970s to the present to see if there are any correlations. The rufous hummingbird sighting data and the temperature data both come from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, with population density data coming from the U.S. census.
Invasive Plant Species Survey in Priest Point Park
Leslie Carman and Heather Gibons
Using the GIS mobile app Collector, Priest Point Park was surveyed for invasive species plant occurrences as well as the level of infestation (Low, Medium, and High). This data was collected in conjunction with the Olympia Parks and Recreation department in order to get an overall idea of the invasive cover in the park, as well as what areas could be targeted for removal. We
found that English Ivy was the most common invasive species present, in addition to English Holly as the second most common.
Food Desert and Swamp Walkability in Pierce and Thurston County
Eden Thorkildsen and Malena Boome
This map project shows food deserts in Pierce and Thurston County based upon census tract information and the USDA Food Access Research Atlas. Food desert data was combined with ESRI Business Analyst data to look at density of unhealthy food access, otherwise known as food swamps. A walk time analysis highlights accessibility issues in both high and low access areas, through the use of an online map journal.
Week 9 (Presented on 27 Nov 17):
Mazama Pocket Gopher Habitat in South Puget Sound
Kelli Stephens and Steven Buhler
We will be investigating Mazama pocket gopher (Thomomys mazama) habitat in the South Puget Sound. There are four main population groups in the South Puget Sound and we will be looking at the population in Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). We are using data from JBLM to look at their population. We are looking at how military training has helped preserve Pocket Gopher population. We will be also looking at where this endangered pocket gopher is in Thurston County and how to distinguish their holes and moles. We will be building a collector app to show how property owner can use the app and a biologist can tell what mostly likely the species is.