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Earth & Geographic Sciences Student Accomplishments

We provide students with plenty of hands-on learning opportunities to get involved and prepare for life beyond the classroom.

Spring 2019

Sean Beverly – Internship of Designing and Printing a 3D Model of the Nashua River Watershed

The project was a collaboration between the Earth and Geographic Sciences and Industrial Technology Departments, and the Nashua River Watershed Association. Sean designed and constructed a 3D computer model of the Nashua River Watershed using GIS and other technologies in the geospatial research lab in the Earth and Geographic Sciences Department. The model was then sent to the Industrial Technology Department for 3D printing. One copy of the printed 3D model will be displayed at the River Resource Center at the Nashua River Watershed Association office. The project was a success both technically and in fostering partnerships between the University and the community-based organizations. 

Sean Beverly working on his model of the Nashua River Watershed

Jesse Corbin - GIS Internship with the Snowriders of the Nashaway

Jesse worked as a GIS Intern for the Snow-Riders of the Nashaway, a subgroup of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM). His main tasks were to collect trail data using a GPS unit and create both printable and online interactive trail maps in a GIS. Jesse hiked and occasionally rode on an offload vehicle with club members in the process of trail data collection. The collected GPS data was then downloaded and processed in a GIS to create a series of trail maps for the Snow-Riders. Jesse’s work was a big help to the maintenance and upkeep of the trails within the Nashaway/Wachusett region.

Jesse Corbin on a trail with a GIS

Ed Zink - Geography Internship with the Leominster Department of Planning & Development

Ed interned with the Planning Department at City Hall in Leominster, MA. Ed assisted the planning director and staff in analyzing and verifying subdivision and special permit applications, aided the transition to digitization through electronic record conversion, and incorporated GIS elements to the department. He also assisted the Assessors Department in updating the city zoning and overlaying maps using GIS and the Mayor’s office in organizing community outreach events. Ed was the first Public Planning intern at the Leominster City Hall and his work was very much appreciated.

Ed Zink and Elizabeth Wood holding up plans
Ed with his supervisor, Elizabeth Wood.

Caroline Anderson – GIS Internship of Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in Fitchburg

Caroline was involved in the Worcester County Overdose Death Response Initiative Project. The project is a joint research coordination with the Middle District Attorney’s Office, the Geographic Science and Technology Program, and the Criminal Justice Program at Fitchburg State. Caroline mainly focused on studying the drug epidemic in the city of Fitchburg. Numeric and spatial analyses were conducted in a GIS to examine the temporal and spatial pattern of the drug crisis. Caroline’s semester-long work laid a solid foundation for the two-year project.

Caroline Anderson working at a computer

Fourteen Students Presented at the 2019 Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Conference

The students who presented at the 2019 Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Conference

Samantha Richard

Microplastics in the Nashua River Watershed
(Oral Presentation First Place Awardee)

Ed Zink

Geography Internship with the Leominster Department of Planning & Development
(Oral Presentation Second Place Awardee)

Jesse Corbin

GIS Internship with the Snowriders of the Nashaway
(Oral Presentation Third Place Awardee)

Samuel Gallagher

The Analysis of the Land Use and Land Cover of the Nashua River Watershed
(Sam presented in all four conferences since 2016 during his four-year study at Fitchburg State. His story is published in the Contact, the Fitchburg State magazine.)

Sean Beverly

Designing and Printing a 3D Model of the Nashua River Watershed

Caroline Anderson

Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in Fitchburg

Caroline Anderson

Simulations of the Nashua River Flooding in Fitchburg

Jace Petterson

The Sedimentation and Geomorphology of the Nashua River

Courtney Aulden (with Alesia Burnett, Biology)

Water Quality Assessment of the Nashua River Watershed Using Macroinvertebrate Tolerances

Anne Saball

A Submerging Paradise: Climate Change in the Polynesian Islands

Silas Belvin

The Challenges of Climate Change in Indonesia

Tallie Foster

Recognizing Environmental Racism & Confronting Ecologic Privilege

Maeve Ahern

Feeding the World's Population One Underwater Plant at a Time

Loryn Killay

The Meat Industry: What's at Steak?

Erinn Melus

Conservation of Biodiversity Hotspots: Critical Regions of the World

Samantha Richard

Costa Rica: A Sustainability Leader of the World

Fall 2018

Two students presented at the New England Urban & Regional Information Systems Association Annual Conference

Sam Gallagher and Caroline Anderson at a GIS Conference
Sam Gallagher and Caroline Anderson at a Regional GIS Conference

Sam Gallagher and Caroline Anderson presented at the New England Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) Annual Conference on Oct 15th, 2018 in Beverly MA. Their presentation, titled “GIS Analysis of Land Use and Potential Flooding in the Nashua River Watershed”, gave the audience an overview of the research projects they conducted in summer 2018.

Two professors and three students in the department were involved in the 2018 Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Experience Program

Samantha Richard and Dr. Liz Gordon

Samantha studied micro-plastic and the health of the Nashua River, supervised by Dr. Liz Gordon.

Samantha Richard at the Nashua River

am Gallagher, Caroline Anderson, and Dr. Jane Huang

Using GIS, Sam Gallagher examined land use and land cover changes and Caroline Anderson simulated flooding in the Nashua River Watershed, supervised by Dr. Jane Huang

Sam Gallagher and Caroline Anderson using mapping software

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