Greetings from the Center for Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing! We’re housed at Antioch University New England, but you can find us anywhere students and faculty need assistance working with spatial data.
Spatial data might sound a little technical if you haven’t worked with geographic information systems (GIS) before, but it’s more common than people realize. Do you have something that you could show on a map? Then you have spatial data. It could be information from the Census about where vulnerable populations are located. It could be maps of resources needed for business. It could be sites where one sampled bird communities. It could be lots of things, and that’s where we can help you.
Whether you’re a student or faculty member, whether you’re on campus with us in Keene or at another campus of Antioch University, whether you’ve already completed the coursework needed for the Certificate in Applied Geographic Information Systems or just figuring out what you can do with a map – we’re here to help. Drop us a line and let us know how we can help you chart a new path forward with your work.
We provide technical support for students and faculty who need help with GIS and data analysis on a range of levels. Need feedback on a proposal that includes spatial analyses? Having trouble finding data you need? Fighting Python scripts? Send an email to Antioch University’s GIS listserv: au-gis-help “at” googlegroups.com. We’re here to help you!
Students and faculty interested in printing posters can contact the GIS Lab Manager to get information about rates and schedule an appointment.
Will is the Director of the Center for Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing (CSARS) and a visiting faculty member in the Department of Environmental Studies. He is working to develop online GIS courses and helping students interested in the Certificate in Applied Spatial Analysis for Geographic Information Systems complete internships in GIS.
His research interests include applying quantitative methods to gain information about how the distribution and abundance of species are affected by environmental factors. Most recently he has focused on using network theory to quantify habitat isolation in stream and wetland networks. He has also conducted population viability analyses for amphibians and modeled dispersal habitat to prioritize conservation actions for diverse taxa like birds, butterflies, and amphibians.
Before starting his current position, Will worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative. He completed his B.S. in Animal Ecology at Iowa State University and his dissertation on amphibian demography and dispersal at North Carolina State University. He has over a decade and a half of experience with GIS and data management issues in conservation programs with nonprofits and resource management agencies.
Sebastian is the GIS Lab Manager for CSARS and a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Environmental Studies. In addition to helping maintain computing resources for GIS work on the AUNE, AULA, and AUS campuses, he is also teaching an introductory and advanced GIS course that are part of the Certificate in Applied Spatial Analysis for Geographic Information Systems.
His research interests include the application of geoinformation technologies in food system and biodiversity conservation studies. He has also done extensive research studying the agroecology of and the effectivity of nutrient management strategies in coffee agroforestry systems in Central America.
Prior to joining AUNE, Sebastian worked as a consultant in international development and sustainable agriculture. He is continuing work with EcoAgriculture Partners, Solidaridad Network and key players of the palm oil sector in Honduras to identify management strategies that will increase the sustainability of palm oil landscapes in the northern Caribbean coast of Honduras. Sebastian completed a B.S. in Agronomy and a M.Sc. in Geography at the University of Costa Rica before moving on to complete a Professional Master’s in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation in the Netherlands, and his dissertation on the agroecology of coffee landscapes at the University of Vermont.