Amanda Waggoner, the new GIS Technician in the SAL here!
I wanted to write about how awesome it has been able to work here so far and meet all of the interns, volunteers, faculty, staff and wonderful students! The SAL has been jam-packed with a lot of fun and interesting projects upon my arrival: from the Kenya project which has finally reached a finishing point (yay!), to East End Cemetery, to Rock Pools, and several labs and class projects intermingled in there, it stays wonderfully busy!
Overall, the change of being in a new place in my first job out of college was overwhelming. If I haven’t gotten a chance to introduce myself to you, I’m originally from Fredericksburg, VA where I attended undergrad at the University of Mary Washington. Moving from a small town into a larger (ish) city on my own was quite a shock but slowly and surely, while starting this new job at University of Richmond, I began to feel more comfortable with acclimating myself to this school and calling the SAL my new home.
The projects helped me get a chance to connect with other students and volunteers who were all passionate about GIS. The Kenya project in particular bred several fascinating spaces for different maps and analyses about food, disease, and socioeconomic change between settlement schemes in counties. Kim’s Intro to Spatial Analysis class was able to create maps of Trans Nzoia county and compare different factors like distance to health facilities, land cover change, and food resources on each map. SAL intern and independent study student, Matt Franklin, made a dasymetric map of population data in Trans Nzoia county for SEDAAG 2018.
With that being said, the Fall 2018 semester is slowly coming to a close, and I’m so excited for the projects we have coming in the Spring 2019 semester. Newest addition to the faculty, Dr. Stephanie Spera will be bringing some of her remote sensing skills and software to the lab. Every week, there will be a rotating blog post of from each SAL intern to keep everyone in the know of what’s going on in the SAL. Also, Dr. Sandra Joireman will be working with several GIS students on a project about deforestation in Madagascar in conjunction with McGill University in Canada.
All in all,
I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season and they enjoyed their time off from the busy fall semester. Can’t wait to start up again in a few weeks!