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 Sixth Annual Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium.

For their second project, the students completed independent projects that emphasized "analytical GIS." To see examples of these 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 2005. Tow row (l to r): Ted McDermott,Sarah Dunham, Richard Crowley, Conor Semler, Rob Mehlich, William Stohner, Emma Carlson, Kevin Fritze, Steve Kasperski. Bottom row (l to r): Wendy Sicard, Caitlin Chamberlin, Emily Wilbert, Alex Jospe, Sophie Newbury.

Caitlin Chamberlin ('05) is a senior Environmental Studies major from Seattle, Washington. She is interested in ecology and natural resource management, which she will pursue further through an internship in Chicago next year. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Richard Crowley ('06) is a senior Environmental Studies major with a concentration in Environmental Policy. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Sarah Dunham ('05) is a senior Geology major and Environmental Studies Minor from Flagstaff Arizona. After graduation she will pursue her Masters degree in Geology at Oregon State University. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Kevin Fritze ('07) is a sophomore Environmental Studies major with a policy concentration. This summer he will be working with the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance on GIS projects with funding form a Mellon Foundation grant to Colby College. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Alex Jospe ('06) is a major in Biology with a concentration in environmental science and a major in Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental policy. She spent fall of 2004 in New Zealand doing biological field work and trapping invasive brushtail possums. An avid nordic ski racer, Alex also races road bikes and orienteers whenever she is not in the GIS lab. Future plans may involve biology field research but more likely involve ski bumming around the world. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Steve Kasperski ('05) is a senior Economics major with a concentration in financial markets and a major with minors in Environmental Studies and Administrative Science from Naperville, IL. Following graduation, he will start a Ph.D. program in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Ted McDermott ('06) Is a junior Geology Major. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Rob Mehlich ('05) is a senior Biology major from Scarsdale, New York. He is interested in pursuing a career in commercial real estate. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Sophie Newbury ('08) is a freshman from Brooklyn, NY. She is a Geology Major with a minor in education. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Conor Semler ('05) is a senior Government major from Buffalo, New York. He is interested in Urban Planning, and will start working on his Masters next year at Cornell University. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Wendy Sicard ('05) is a senior from Danville, Vermont, graduating with a major in Environmental Studies: Environmental Science. She plans to attend graduate school in two years for a MS in Wildlife Biology or Conservation Biology, and until then will be working on several wildlife field research projects. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

William G. Stohner ('05) is a senior Economics major with a minor in Environmental Studies. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Emily Wilbert ('07) is a junior French Major and an Environmental Studies and Geology Minor. Go to Atlas or Project or Back to picture

Emma Carlson ('07) is a sophomore. 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 2005.

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. John Kuehne and Paul Meyer deserve special recognition for the time and effort they put into working on the Unix and Windows servers and helping to move this from concept to practice. Keith McGlauflin and Jeff Earickson provided Unix support. 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. Finally, we would like to thank the individuals and organizations who provided ideas and/or data for these projects, including Russ Cole (Environmental Studies) , D. Whitney King (Chemistry), Andrew Gockel (Physical Plant), Larry Harwood (Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services Bureau of Information Services), the Maine Department of Transportation, and Mike Little (Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance). The 2000 Chinese Census GIS data was purchased by the Colby College Economics Department with the support of Philip Brown. Brendan Carroll and Carolyn Hunt were student teaching assistants for the course.

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