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GIS Week at NC State University

GIS Week at NC State University is designed to be an accessible learning and professional development event series centered around geospatial analytics and spatial data science. Drawing inspiration from NC State's motto "Think and Do," GIS Week is designed to connect researchers, practitioners and industry partners across varying sectors and disciplines. 

Our Team
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Alexander Yoshizumi

GGSO Co-President

Alexander is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics working with Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic. He currently researches the drivers of land use change and development across differing spatial and temporal scales and is interested in quantifying the impacts of projected development on transportation and energy systems. His past work includes energy system, land-use and economic modeling across a variety of government and non-profit organizations.

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Mollie Gaines

GGSO Co-President

Mollie is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics working with Dr. Mirela Tulbure. She is currently studying climate and human drivers of surface water dynamics in the southeastern US and projecting surface water change based on these drivers. She is motivated by an interest in the intersection between physical sciences and societal impacts, and hopes her PhD research can identify areas of physical and social vulnerability to future water stress in the Southeast.

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Kate Jones

GGSO Treasurer

Kate is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics working with Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic. Her work centers on cross-boundary and co-management issues in wildland fire. Her interests include how future land management strategies, climate, and development will interface and influence societal relationships with wildland fire. From smoke management and community awareness for prescribed burns to understand the complexity of larger, multi-stakeholder wildfires, Kate hopes to work at the interface of science and decision making to promote equitable and resilient land stewardship.

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Ian McGregor

GGSO Secretary

Ian is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics working with Dr. Josh Gray. His research focuses on improving near real-time forest disturbance monitoring using multi-source satellite data. His hope is that this method, incorporating Bayesian methods as well as socioeconomic data, will enable forest managers to more quickly and more accurately mitigate illegal deforestation. On the side, Ian also contributes to carbon flux research and forest ecology studies from his time with the Smithsonian.

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Peter Erlenbach

GGSO Distance Education Representative 2020-2021

Peter Erlenbach is a second year Master’s student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics' Master of Geospatial Information Science & Technology program. He is a North Carolina ArcGIS User Group (NCAUG) Board member who is experienced in utilizing project-specific GIS and CAD software applications to create utility and transportation asset deliverables while working at Colliers Engineering & Design. Peter hopes to work in the engineering field as a Project Manager providing innovative solutions for customers.

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Zach Tunstall

GGSO Development Chair, Distance Education Representative 2021-2022

Zach is a second year Master’s student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics' Master of Geospatial Information Science & Technology program. Zach is an intern for Broadstreet Health Organization that collects and processes data on Covid-19 and vaccine information. He hopes to focus his research topic on communal impacts of glacial lake flooding events.

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Elyssa Collins

GGSO Social Chair 2020-2021

Elyssa is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics working with Dr. Ross Meentemeyer. Her research focuses on modeling the impacts of climate change on future flood risk and flood damage under various greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation scenarios. She hopes that by leveraging computationally efficient flood models, land change modeling, and Bayesian methods, she will be able to improve estimates of flood risk and damage across the United States and throughout the 21st century.

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Caitlin Haedrich

GGSO Social Chair 2021-2022

Caitlin is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics working with Dr. Helena Mitasova. She is focused on developing open-source tools to help stakeholders understand the risks and plan for the impacts of sea level rise and flooding events. She hopes her work will help communities mitigate the impacts of flooding under our new and evolving climate. She also is a contributor to GRASS GIS and works with Tangible Landscape, an open-source tangible user interface developed at the Center.

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Katie McQuillan

GGSO Forum Chair

Katie is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics working with Dr. Katie Martin. Her work focuses on the role of forests sustaining water resources from local to regional scales. She currently researches the potential of forest management to enhance resilience of forests and downstream water supply to future climate and disturbance in the southern Appalachians.

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Natalie Chazal

GGSO First Year Representative

Natalie is a first-year Master's student in Biological and Agricultural Engineering - Systems Analysis program. Working with Dr. Natalie Nelson, her work focuses on water quality management in shellfish growing waters off the coast of North Carolina. She hopes to contribute to more efficient natural resource management to improve the efficacy of conservation/habitat restoration projects while continuing to support the needs of shellfish growers and their communities.

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Roderick Flannery

GGSO First Year Representative

Roderick Flannery is a first year Master’s student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics’ Master of Geospatial Information Science & Technology program. He is a licensed UAS pilot, and has worked as a geospatial practitioner for environmental non-profit, Federal land management, and civil engineering. Roderick hopes to develop his knowledge of the increasingly powerful and interconnected ecosystem of open source geospatial software.

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Christian Fleming

GGSO First Year Representative

Christian is a student in the Center for Geospatial Analytics' Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate program. His interests include urban planning and emergency management. He hopes to continue his graduate education at NC State University after completing the GIS Certificate program.