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GIS Research Day is hosted annually by MaDGIC. The purpose of this event is to showcase what is made possible by applying GIS and related spatial technologies and techniques in your research. Students and researchers from all disciplines share their practices and discuss the importance of linking space and place to their work. 

This event is held each year in November during the global Geography Awareness Week. Details for the 2024 event will be posted here in October.

Past GIS Research Day Events 

Check out our speakers and topics from past events.

GIS Day Research Day 2022 Presentation - speaker and audience

SPEAKER SCHEDULE: Wednesday November 15, 2023

9:00  Hot beverages and a warm welcome from Trent University Library & Archives
9:15 James Bacon Anthropology LiDAR, the all-seeing eye of archaeological survey
9:30 Keelan McHugh Environmental & Life Sciences A land-use regression analysis of tropospheric ozone in Ireland
9:45 Trevor Maclaurin Environmental & Life Sciences Impacts of vegetation encroachment on American Oystercatcher nest site selection and reproductive success
9:50 Lyn Brown Environmental & Life Sciences Foraging movements of American Oystercatchers
10:15 Christine Brown Ancient Greek & Roman Studies Ancient land division and the Bonifica of southern Italy
10:25  Break & GIS Day Cake!
10:55 Christie Lavallée Environmental & Life Sciences Conservation value accounting: The importance of the Canadian boreal forest biome
11:10 Nathan Lapp Computer Science Leveraging GIS to create 3D worlds
11:15 Craig Onafrychuk Ontario Elevation Mapping Program Digital elevation data to support GIS research
11:40 Owen Lucas Bioenvironmental Monitoring & Assessment Mapping Caribou Lichen in the Hudson Bay Lowlands: Developing a novel application for UAV classification and upscaling
11:55 Greg Melvin Environmental & Life Sciences Muskrats in marshes: Living on the edge
12:10 Ali Giroux and
Gillian Johnson
Facilities Management GIS: The unsung hero in land stewardship
12:35 Tracy Sallaway Maps, Data & Government Information Centre Trent Esri Scholarship 2024
12:40 Abdirahman
Environmental & Life Sciences Time series analysis of forest cover change in southern Somalia and identifying possible causes



Time Speaker Affiliation Title 
9:00 Library    Coffee & Welcome
9:15 Roshelle Chan Environmental & Life Sciences Automating the characterization of watershed land use across southern Ontario
9:25 Una Jermilova Environmental & Life Sciences Mercury in the Mackenzie River Basin: ArcGIS Mapping to model release via soil erosion and other potential sources Link to talk
9:40 Dr Roger Picton Trent School of the Environment Using StoryMaps to cultivate a "geographic imagination" Link to Talk
9:55 Dr Nolan Pearce Biology Constructing the 3D distribution of limnological variables within three interconnected lakes in the Kawarthas Link to talk
10:10 Dr James Conolly Anthropology Archaeology, lake evolution and shoreline history in the Kawartha Lakes
10:30 BREAK     
11:00 Shilah LeFeuvre Environmental & Life Sciences Two Eyed Seeing: Weaving knowledge systems to understand the genetics, distribution and behaviour of Eastern wolves (Canis lycaon) in collaboration with Magnetawan First Nation, Shawanaga FIrst Nation, and Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
11:15 Dr Raul Ponce-Hernandez Trent School of the Environment GIS in the age of big data, artificial intelligence, automation and climate change: the leap forward for geomatics
11:35 Lyn Brown Environmental & Life Sciences Using Field Maps to examine foraging habitat quality for a coastal shorebird Link to talk
11:50 Dr Kaitlyn Fleming Trent School of the Environment Using ArcGIS to determine the effect of land-use on benthic macroinvertebrate community composition Link to talk
12:05 Kayla Martin Environmental & Life Sciences Mapping wild turkey roosting sites  Link to talk 
12:20 Kiefer Thalen Biology, BEMA Addressing citizen science through a priori sample design
12:35 Geoff Andrews MaDGIC (Alumni) Two roads diverged on a map ...
12:50 Justin Barker  MaDGIC Species distribution models: Administrative Boundary centroid occurrences require careful interpretation Link to talk