Earth and 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

Previous Student Accomplishments

Two students presented at the New England Urban & Regional Information Systems Association Annual 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 studied micro-plastic and the health of the Nashua River, supervised by Dr. Liz Gordon.

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

NEURISA Students

Timothy McLaughlin, Nicholas De Paula, Jacob Hogue, and Sean Beverly Presented at Regional GIS Conference

Tim, Nick, Jacob, Sean and Dr. Jane Huang were invited to present at the New England Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) Annual Conference on Oct 16th, 2017. Their presentation, titled “Studying Environmental & Public Health in the Fitchburg Area Using GIS”, gave the audience an overview of the research projects they conducted in summer 2017.

 

Timothy McLaughlin, Nicholas De Paula, and Jacob Hogue

Jake Glick, Timothy McLaughlin, Sean Beverly, and Tallie Foster Working on Inventorying the Industrial and Commercial Properties in Fitchburg.

As a continuation of the Reimagine North of Main Neighborhood Revitalization Project, Jake, Tim, Sean, and Tallie helped the city inventory the industrial and commercial properties in Fitchburg. The inventory was performed through internet search, phone interview, and field survey. Once the inventory is completed, the properties will be mapped and analyzed in a GIS. The results will help the city understand the usages of the industrial and commercial properties and develop revitalization plans.

 

Tallie Foster and Kaitlin Berube

Two professors and six students in the department involved in the 2017 Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Experience Program.

Tallie Foster and Kaitlin Berube studied sediment and the health of the Nashua River, supervised by Dr. Liz Gordon

 

 

 

Jacob Hogue and Sean Beverly

 

Jacob Hogue and Sean Beverly applied GIS in the study of the health of the Nashua River, supervised by Dr. Jane Huang

 

 

Timothy McLaughlin and Nicholas De Paula

Timothy McLaughlin and Nicholas De Paula used GIS to improve public health in Fitchburg, supervised by Dr. Jane Huang
 

 

Ali Wertheim

Ali Wertheim, GIS internship at City of Gardner

Ali has been mapping the cemetery plots for the three public cemeteries in the City of Gardner. She’s linked the cemetery database, which is in MS Access, to the GIS data and resolved data issues to get to a 100% match rate. Resolution steps involve researching cards, field mapping, historical record research, and access database editing. Ali’s work has been very appreciated by the engineering department and cemetery department at the City of Gardner. Ali is supervised by Ms. Rachael Catlow, GISP, GIS Coordinator, City of Gardner. Ms. Catlow has been a guest speaker and a friend of the Earth and Geographic Sciences Department at Fitchburg State University.

 

Victoria Jassy

Victoria Leblanc, GIS Internship at North County Land Trust (NCLT)

Victoria is helping to prepare multi-layered GIS maps in order to prioritize land parcels that NCLT would like to conserve in the future. Part of her tasks include identifying areas crossing town boundaries that may be of interest for an overall outreach to landowners, town boards, and commissions. Victoria’s work contributes to the NCLT’s long term strategic land conservation plan. Victoria is supervised by Ms. Jassy Bratko, Director of Land Protection at NCLT.

Spring 2017

 

Students at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Conference

Six students presented at the 2017 Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Conference.

  • Jacob Hogue, Jake Glick (GIS Mapping of the Reimagine North of Main Project)
  • Huy Vo (GIS Internships with MRPC and Ayer DPW)
  • Tallie Foster (Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest)
  • Samuel Gallagher (The Effects of Climate Change on the Philippines)
  • Paige Harrington (The Effects of Climate Change on the Amazon Rainforest)
  • Paige Harrington, Jacob Hogue (Electricity and Waste: Understanding Sustainability on Fitchburg State’s Campus)

 

Jacob Hogue and Jake Glick

Jacob Hogue and Jake Glick Working on the Reimagine North of Main Project

In this extended Crocker Center research project, Jacob and Jake conducted a series of mapping and analysis for the Reimagine North of Main Project in the Fitchburg area. Jacob and Jake used GIS and web-mapping tools for the project.

 

Huy Vo with coworkers

Huy Vo (center in white polo shirt), Class of 2018, and coworkers during his internship

GIS Web Mapping and Programming Internship with Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (Fitchburg).

Huy, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in GIS, works on GIS Web Mapping and Programming under the supervision of GIS/IT director Jason Stanton.

Huy uses JavaScript, HTML and CSS to improve the performance of MRMapper – a web mapping tool designed to aid decision making processes. He is also the initiator and the first president of the newly established GIS Club, which attracts students within and beyond the Earth and Geographic Sciences department.

 

Kayla Kress, Jacob Hogue, and Samuel Gallagher at the Regional GIS Conference

Kayla Kress, Jacob Hogue, and Samuel Gallagher Presented at Regional GIS Professional Conference

Kayla, Jacob, and Sam presented their GIS research project along with Dr. Jane Huang at the New England Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) Annual Conference on November 14th, 2016.

They were the only student presenters at this regional GIS conference which was attended by over a hundred GIS professionals crossed the region.

They spoke about the GIS research conducted during their internships on the local community revitalization project, ReImagine North of Main. They also enjoyed the many questions, comments, and compliments from the audience following the presentation.

 

Students at GIS Night at Clark University

Fitchburg State GIS Night at Clark University

19 students participated to the GIS Club event: Fitchburg State Night at Clark University on Nov 17th, 2016.

The students worked on a Raster GIS workshop, which was to determine an area of maple trees to tap for maple syrup in Paxton, MA. They also listened to three presentations given by Clark graduate students in GIS.

It was a blast! The event was organized by Henry Mros, a GST graduate (2015) and currently a Master’s student in GIS at Clark University, and two GIS Club leaders: Huy Vo and Mark Guercio.

Several students in our department shined bright at our 2016 Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Conference.

Students who worked on the "GPS Survey of Healthy-Heart Trails" project

Students Jacob Hogue, Gary Van Bramer, and Devin Richardt, sponsored by Dr. Jane Huang on their project, "GPS Survey of Healthy-Heart Trails--A Service Learning Term Project of GEOG-2400," tied for third place among the oral presentations.

Robin Pike, also sponsored by Dr. Jane Huang, took top honors for his oral presentation: "GIS Internship with the Ayer Department of Public Works."

Other things our students are up to:

Kayla Kress, Class of 2016 & Samuel Gallagher, Class of 2019

Kayla Kress and Samuel Gallagher working at computers

Kayla and Sam assist our own Dr. Jane Huang on the community revitalization project Reimagine North of Main. They study the neighborhood properties through mapping and analysis using GIS.

Henry Mros, Class of 2015

Portrait of Henry Mros

Henry Mros is a recent Fitchburg State Geographic Science & Technology graduate who is now working toward a master's in Geographic Information Sciences at Clark University.

Henry returned to campus in 2016 to deliver a talk, titled “GIS After Undergrad,” where he spoke to current majors about his academic experiences in grad school and shared examples of his post-undergraduate work.

Robin Pike, Class of 2016

Robin Pike in the Ayer Department of Public Works

GIS Internship with Ayer Department of Public Works

Robin works closely with the DPW superintendent and the town engineer to produce digital maps of the town's infrastructure while also inspecting infrastructure in the field and creating mobile maps that can be accessed via tablets and devices.

Laura Leclerc, Class of 2016 & Tristan Taylor, Class of 2017

Laura Leclerc and Tristan Taylor working outdoors

Land Conservation Internships with North County Land Trust (Leominster)

Laura and Tristan conduct GIS Inventorying of farmland in the region while monitoring properties and documenting violations to Conservation Restrictions using GPS and GIS.

Tyler Godin, Class of 2017

Tyler Godin wearing a neon vest and holding a GIS and a clipboard

Transportation Geography Internship with Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (Fitchburg)

Tyler conducts traffic counts in 21 communities across the Montachusett region, surveys for the Heart Healthy Trail Project in several local communities, and studies walkability for the town of Lancaster.