About the Geospatial Analysis Center

The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) serves as the hub of geospatial research and activities in support of education, research, and outreach activities at Miami University. Housed in the Department of Geography, the GAC supports individual students, faculty, and staff with geospatial data and analysis needs. It is the access point for licensed geospatial software and geographic information systems (GIS) data. The GAC provides consulting services in the areas of geospatial data & analyses.

Faculty and Staff

Miami faculty use the GAC to conduct research ranging from landscape ecology, hydrology, fire impacts, regional development, and modeling:

Abbitt, Ms. Robbyn

GIS Coordinator
Department of Geography

Expertise in:

  • GIS
  • conservation area planning
  • species modeling
  • asset management
  • field data collection
  • food deserts
  • GIS in education

Currently working with:

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Butler County Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Humanitarian OpenStreetmap Team
  • GISCorps
  • Army Corps of Engineers

Davis, Dr. Amélie

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography; Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

Expertise in:

  • human-environment interactions from the perspectives of landscape ecology, land change science, environmental planning, sustainability science, and GIS

Currently working with:

  • United States Geological Survey
  • United States Department of Agriculture

Henry, Dr. Mary

Associate Professor
Department of Geography

Expertise in:

  • landscape ecology
  • biogeography
  • fire impacts using remote sensing and GIS

Currently working with:

  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • geographers, ecologists, and other scientists

Jiang, Dr. Ziying

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography

Expertise in:

  • GIS and remote sensing focused on:
    • land use change
    • agriculture viability
    • examining relationships between the built environment and crime

Currently working with:

  • City of Hamilton
  • Butler County MetroParks
  • Army Corps of Engineers

Maingi, Dr. John

Associate Professor
Department of Geography

Expertise in:

  • remote sensing and GIS with a focus on:
    • ecology of wooded ecosystems
    • surface hydrology

Currently working with:

  • National Science Foundation

McCarty, Dr. Jessica

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography

Expertise in:

  • remote sensing
  • GIS
  • geospatial data mining
  • agriculture & food security
  • land-use/land-cover change
  • wildland & prescribed fire
  • air quality
  • greenhouse gas & black carbon emissions
  • climate and change adaptation
  • natural resources
  • application development
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Currently working with:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • United Nations

Skryshevska, Dr. Yelizaveta

Associate Professor
Department of Geography

Expertise in:

  • GIS
  • human geography
  • regional development
  • post-Soviet space
  • pedagogical aspects of teaching geography in higher education

Currently working with collaborators at:

  • University of Idaho
  • Aalto University Helsinki (Finland)
  • Hungarian Academy of Science