About the Atlas of Maine

The Atlas of Maine was developed by students in ES212: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing. This course is a comprehensive theoretical and practical introduction to the fundamental principles of geographic information systems and remote sensing digital image processing taught by Philip Nyhus, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College. For acknowledgements click here.

The Atlas of Maine was the first of two projects completed by the students. The Atlas emphasized "visual GIS." The goal of this project was to develop a series of visually striking maps illustrating Maine's unique natural and human resources. Full-scale posters were developed and presented at the Seventh Annual Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium.

For their second project, the students completed independent projects that emphasized "analytical GIS." To see the student's GIS research projects, click here.

For additional information about GIS resources at Colby College, click here.

About the Students

   
Student of ES212 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing, Spring 2006. Back row (l to r): Jackie Rolleri, Rachel Terry, Katie Renwick, Scott Shahverdian, Greg LaShoto, Liza Mitchell, Alex McPherson, Hillary Langer, Cait Cleaver. Front row (l to r): Caroline Polgar, Chris Russoniello, Sarah Kelly, Sharon McMonagle, Karen Prisby, Randa Capponi. Reclining: Sam Weeks.

Randa Capponi ('06) grew up in the town of Steep Falls, Maine where as a young girl she enjoyed venturing through the woods with her dad to look for wildlife. It was these experiences with her father that led her to become an Environmental Policy major at Colby. Randa, also an Italian studies minor, spent spring semester of her junior year in Florence, Italy where she lived with a little Italian woman who taught her how to cook delicious and authentic Italian meals. After completing her studies at Colby she plans to continue her interest in the environment by going back to school for environmental law. She enjoys celebrating holidays, hanging out with friends and family, watching sports, camping, and cooking Italian food. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Cait Cleaver ('06), from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, came to love the environment from summers at the beach and hiking in New England. At Colby, she has been involved with Colby Women’s Volleyball and was able to study wildlife ecology in Tanzania for a semester. In the future, she hopes to pursue climate change or wildlife management. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and drinking coffee. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Sarah Kelly ('06) is a senior Environmental Studies--Policy major. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Greg LaShoto ('07 J) is a senior Environmental Studies--Science major. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Hilary Langer ('06) is a senior Environmental Studies--Policy and International Studies major. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Sharon McMonagle ('06) is a senior Biology--Environmental Science and Environmental Studies--Policy major. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Alex McPherson('07) Alex McPherson ('07) is a Biology major and Environmental Education minor at Colby College. His interests include horticulture, rock climbing, and mountain biking. This is his first major GIS project. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Liza Mitchell ('08) is an Environmental Studies: Science major at Colby College with a concentration in conservation biology and an anthropology minor. Originally from Colorado I am enjoying my time in Maine and am involved in many activities on and off campus. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Caroline Polgar ('06) is a senior biology major with a concentration in environmental science. She enjoys travelling, good food, and looking at plants. After graduation she plans to pursue her interest in ecology.. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Karen Prisby ('07) Karen is a junior Chemistry major from Agawam, MA. She spent last summer working out on the Belgrade Lakes with Environmental Chemistry Professor Whitney King, and will be doing the same in the summer of ’06. She is interested in ecological restoration and natural resource conservation. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Katherine Renwick ('07) is a junior Environmental Studies--Science and Classics major. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Jackie Rolleri ('06) is a senior Biology major with a concentration in Environmental Science. She is on the indoor/outdoor track and field team at Colby and loves sailing/boating, traveling, and scuba diving. She hopes to eventually get her captain's license and travel/work on boats after graduation. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Chris Russoniello ('06) is a senior Geology major. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Scott Shahverdian ('06) is a senior Environmental Studies--Policy major. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Rachel Terry ('07 J) is a biology major with a chemistry minor. She plans to pursue a career in wildlife conservation biology. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Sam Weeks ('06) is a senior geology major from Keene, NH. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

 

Acknowledgements

This web site was created by Philip Nyhus, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. The maps on these pages were produced by the students in ES212: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing, Spring 2006. Click the following links for previous Atlas of Maine projects: Atlas of Maine 2005, Atlas of Maine 2008, Atlas of Maine 2009, Atlas of Maine 2010.

Considerable thanks for supporting GIS software and hardware and developing ArcIMS capabilities at Colby go to Raymond Phillips, Director of Information Technology Services (ITS), Toni Fredette, Director of Academic Information Technology Services, and Catherine Langlais, Director of Administrative Information Technology Services. Rurik Spence, Windows Server Administrator, deserves special recognition and thanks for setting up the new ArcIms server. Edward H. Yeterian, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, provided support for software and hardware used to run this web site. We would also like to thank Clem Guthro, Director of the Colby Library Services, and his staff, including Marilyn Pukkila, Sara Prahl, and Larry Brown, for setting up and enabling us use the Davis Classroom to teach the GIS course. Suzi Cole generously donated time to develop additional web GIS resources. Alex Jospe was the student teaching assistant for the course.

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