Geospatial Analysis Center

GAC Information

The Department of Geography's Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) serves as the hub of geospatial research and activities at Miami University.

Faculty/Staff

Ms. Robbyn Abbitt, GIS Coordinator, Geography

Dr. Amélie Davis, Assistant Professor, Geography and Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Mary Henry, Associate Professor, Geography

Dr. Ziying Jiang, Assistant Professor, Geography

Dr. John Maingi, Associate Professor, Geography

Dr. Yelizaveta Skryzhevska, Associate Professor, Geography

Mr. Eric Johnson, Numeric and Spatial Data Services Librarian, University Libraries

Mr. Kenneth Grabach, Map Libraries and Instructor, B.E.S.T.

Resources

The GAC has access to 20+ high-end computers running the most current GIS and Remote Sensing Software. 

The renovated Shideler Hall includes a dedicated project room for GAC projects and activities.

Research

See below for current and recent research being done by GAC faculty and staff. 

Teaching

The GAC supports the Department of Geography's Certificate in GIScience Program and GIS courses. These courses include Mapping a Changing World, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Advanced GIS, Techniques and Applications of Remote Sensing, Aerial Photo Interpretation, Python Programming for ArcGIS, GISci Techniques in Landscape Ecology, and Geovisualization.

Service & Outreach

The Advanced GIS course is considered a Service Learning/Experiential Learning course at Miami. Each semester students work for real-world clients with needs that can be addressed using geospatial tools and techniques. Past clients include Butler County MetroParks, City of Oxford, Hueston Woods State Park, Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA), Miami University Institutional Relations, Miami University Natural Areas, Miami University Physical Facilities Department, Miami University Police Department, Globe Insurance Agency, and Promospark promotional company.

The GAC also participates in the annual Talawanda Science Week where STEM Departments on campus host students from Talawanda's three elementary schools. Students participate in activities using GPS units, tablets for mobile data collection, and Google Earth for a look at extreme places on Earth.

Contract Services

The GAC offers geospatial contract services. Faculty and staff have a wide-range of expertise in geospatial analysis, data collection, sustainability, urban and regional planning, and natural resource management. 

Examples of recent completed contracts are below.