Check out our new gallery of web map apps!

Bucknell has focused much effort in the last few years on integrating GIS across the curriculum in teaching and research. We recently expanded that effort to include web-based GIS. Check out our new gallery of web map apps on ArcGIS Online:

GIS in research (and the classroom): modeling sea level rise inundation

During Summer 2012, Prof. Michelle Oswald (Civil Engineering) and student Christian Treat ’13 (Animal Behavior) used GIS to model seal level rise inundation and identify vulnerable transportation infrastructure in the Philadelphia metropolitian area. Christian’s stipend for this summer research project was paid for out of Bucknell’s GIS student assistant fund (funded in part by the Mellon grant we got a few years ago… stay tuned for details on summer 2013 paid research opportunities).

Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, Christian has continued developing this research project as an independent study and is listed as a co-author in an upcoming publication in the Journal of Public Transportation. At some point this spring I’ll post an interview with Christian discussing his work on this project – but for now, you can check out the poster he presented at last November’s ‘GIS & Spatial Thinking‘ conference.


¨Christian Treat ’13 (Animal Behavior)/Prof. Michelle Oswald (Civil Engineering) (Bucknell), ‘Using GIS to Model Seal Level Rise Inundation’


Job & internships opportunities with ESRI

Check out these internships & job opportunities from ESRI. It’s a fantastic company to work for and could set you up for a very successful career in GIS work:

1. ESRI summer internship program:

Our Internship Program gives you a chance to work alongside Esri staff throughout the company.

  • Full-time, paid positions (up to 12 weeks)
  • Approximately 80 interns, primarily in Redlands but also in a few regional offices
  • Check your major to see where you would fit best
  • Apply now! The deadline is March 15, but positions are filled as qualified candidates are identified.
  • Have questions? We have answers.


2. ESRI User Conference student assistantship program:

Are you proud to call yourself a geogeek? Students selected for our Student Assistantship Program spend a full week at the Esri International User Conference in beautiful San Diego. In exchange for helping out during the conference, students attend sessions and network with others who share their passion for GIS. The application deadline is March 29. Students must be available to work Saturday, July 6, through Friday, July 12.

Read about Amelia’s experience as a student assistant at last year’s conference.

3. Full-time, permanent positions with ESRI:

Seniors: Ready for a New Campus? Graduating this semester? Congrats! Make the transition from your college campus to the Esri campus, where you’ll find a number of opportunities for new grads throughout the company. Learn where you might fit at Esri and then search current openings.

Check out our Life at Esri video.

There are still plenty of opportunities to meet our staff at campus events across the US this spring. Check our  interactive map for the schedule.

Another summer 2013 GIS student research opportunity

Here’s info on another GIS student research opportunity for summer 2013. This one is hosted by Georgia State University. It’s part of the same NSF-funded ‘Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program as the California State Long Beach program we posted about a few weeks ago.  The Geogria State program focuses on addressing social/environmental disparities through community geography and provides a stipend, housing and expenses. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 1st – so move fast!  More info from the announcement below.

Georgia State University will be hosting   This summer at Georgia State University in Atlanta, we are pleased to host the second year of our “Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Addressing Social and Environmental Disparities through Community Geography and Geographic Information Systems”.  The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.  The program runs June 10th – July 25th 2013.   The flier and application form are attached.

Research Interests: Working with faculty mentors in one of three research tracks, selectedundergraduates will engage in community-based research and fieldwork to quantitatively and qualitatively examine neighborhood change, property markets, social geographies, air and soil quality, urban green spaces, and neighborhood visioning in partnership with neighborhood residents and community groups in Atlanta, Georgia.

Compensation: Each REU student will receive a competitive funding package, including: a $3000 stipend, up to $250 in travel support to/from Atlanta, up to $750 for conference presentations, free room and most meals at GSU, and 3 required texts.

Application Process: Applications are due Friday, March 1st @ 5 PM EST.  Complete application instructions and the application form can be found at

To Learn More:  Visit

Any questions can be directed to the Dr. Timothy Hawthorne (PI) at or Dr. Katherine Hankins (Co-PI) at


2 new job openings in GIS/digital scholarship at Bucknell

Bucknell has created 2 new job positions – GIS/Web Application Specialist and Digital Scholarship Coordinator – to support digital scholarship initiatives on campus. Click here to apply. The new hires will be part of the ITEC group within the Library and IT Division and will join a team of instructional technology specialists who focus on integrating GIS, digital media and other technologies across the curriculum at Bucknell.

Our ideal candidate for the GIS/Web Application Specialist position will have strong tech skills in GIS and web development combined with an interest in visualization and data graphics in general. As the first person to fill this role, the GIS/Web Application Specialist will have an opportunity to set the tone for what digital scholarship projects will look like at Bucknell. We are looking for someone who is creative, innovative and thrives on learning new tools & technologies. In addition to GIS and application development, the GIS/Web Application Specialist will have an opportunity to delve into a wide range of other types of visualizations – including timelines, networks, interactive graphs/charts, etc. – to create highly-interactive sites that showcase faculty & student research and can serve as teaching/scholarship tools. 

We have a wide range of exciting teaching and research projects already underway and we’re looking for these new hires to help showcase those efforts and take digital scholarship to a new level at Bucknell. I’ve been here for 3 and a half years and can tell you that Bucknell is an amazing place to work. The atmosphere is both collegial and collaborative. The faculty have a deep commitment to engaging students in learning, both in the classroom and through faculty-led and independent student research projects. In the last 4 years, Bucknell has created five new positions (GIS Specialist, Video Specialist, Instructional Technology Specialist, GIS/Web Application Specialist and Digital Scholarship Coordinator) to support this type of work on campus. That alone speaks volumes about the high level of support we have from the university administration and Library & IT leadership for doing innovative work.

If you are interested in either of these jobs or know of someone who might be, please check out the job descriptions. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Click here to apply.



Summer 2013 GIS student research opportunities in Connecticut, California and Hawaii

Yes, we’re in the middle of a deep freeze, but it’s not too early to start thinking about summer 2013. Here are two opportunities for undergraduate students to do GIS research and field work. Both programs provide a stipend, housing and expenses. Deadlines are approaching fast so get moving if you want to apply for these!

(1) GIS Approach to Water Level Change – Keck Geology Consortium. Application deadline February 1, 2013. 

This project funds three students on a GIS project analyzing water levels, island area, and plant species richness for a study site in the Great Lakes. The students then continue with the project independently into the fall semester and present their work at the Keck Geology Consortium Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring.

What: Investigation of spatiotemporal changes in island shorelines due to water-level changes using the mapping and analytical tools of a geographic information system (GIS). Study area is The Massasauga Provincial Park archipelago (Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Ontario)

When: July 10 – August 7

Where: Wesleyan University. The project consists mainly of spatial analyses using ArcGIS but will also include training in field data collection.

(2) NSF REU – Geospatial Research and Mapping (GRAM) program. Application deadline March 1st, 2013

Geography and Archaeology undergraduates, as well as others interested in the study of landscapes, may be interested in our summer 2013 field program on geospatial research and mapping (GRAM) that will take place at both California State University Long Beach and at the famous* Kualoa Ranch in the picturesque Ka’a’awa valley on the north shore of O’ahu.

This field research program is a joint effort between faculty in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at CSULB and is focused on the use of cutting edge geospatial techniques (e.g., satellite and aerial imagery, the use of UAVs, geographic information systems, spectral analyses, topography generation, landscape analyses, and near surface remote sensing).   The research being undertaken by GRAM includes the study of prehistoric landscapes as well as contemporary resources and environments.

Our website ( describes the overall program and include the research of last year’s students, the application form and additional program information. This is the second year of our 3 year project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under their Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

This year’s GRAM project will take place June 2 to June 30 and include training in Long Beach and on Oahu. The NSF-REU program provides funding for student to cover travel, housing, tuition costs as well as a small stipend. Applications are competitive and open to undergraduates across the country.

The site of the field work is famously known as the location of the filming for Lost, Jurassic Park, among other TV shows and films.

GIS Job Opportunities – Webinar on Careers in GIS & Remote Sensing

Thinking about a career in remote sensing and/or GIS? If so, check out this webinar that will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8th at 1pm EST.

Students and young professionals are invited to attend the first Careers in Remote Sensing and GIS Webinar, presented by the Geological Remote Sensing Group for North America. The format will be short presentations and Q&A from Professionals at mid- and advanced-career stages on their experience, and also predictions as to the geospatial job market in the next five years.  If you are a student finishing studies in the near future and looking for advice on career options or a Young Professional looking for new directions, this may provide you with an insight on how to move up in the Remote Sensing and GIS world. This webinar will provide information about careers in Remote Sensing, including:

  • Key skill sets for a career in remote sensing
  • Advantages and challenges of remote sensing jobs in Academia, Consulting and Industry
  • Is getting a PhD necessary for a job in remote sensing
  • How often do these jobs come up? How hard are they to find?

Speakers include:

  • Conrad Wright, Chief Business Development Officer, SpecTIR
  • Dr. Chuck Kluth, Distinguished Scientist, Petroleum Geology, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • Lori Wickert,Remote Sensing and Spectral Geologist and Principal Consultant – Remote Sensing to Newmont Mining’s Remote Sensing and Regolith Terrain Mapping, Global Exploration Solution’s Group.
  • Ralph Baker, Senior Consulting Geologist

Register & Submit Presentations for Bucknell-hosted GIS conference

We recently launched the conference website for the upcoming Bucknell-hosted conference GIS & Spatial Thinking in the Undergraduate Curriculum.  Basic info is shown below, but please check out the conference website for details and updates as they become available.

About the Conference:

  • When: November 16-18, 2012
  • Where: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. Click here for a map.
  • Details: Click on the pages shown on the menu above to access information onregistrationlodging, conference schedule, and submitting presentations and maps.
  • Deadlines:  Deadline for early bird registration is September 15, 2012. Deadline forsubmitting presentations and maps is September 21, 2012.
  • Format:  We have chosen a work-group format for the conference in order to maximize opportunities for discussion and brain-storming amongst participants. The main day of the conference will feature five work-group sessions. Each session will consist of 45 minutes of presentations and 45 minutes of open discussion organized around a theme. We are seeking 3 presenters and 1 chairperson for each of the 5 sessions. See the submissions page for a detailed description of each of the session topics:
    • 1a (Concurrent with 1b) – Mapping Human Activity – Qualitative Analysis GIS
    • 1b (Concurrent with 1a) – Quantitative Analysis & Technical Applications of GIS
    • 2   (Single group) – GIS in Pedagogy
    • 3a (Concurrent with 3b) – GIS in Community Outreach & Service Learning
    • 3b (Concurrent with 3a) – Software & Data Issues in GIS Instruction
  • Goals: Desired outcomes include: (1) providing mutual support for imaginative and challenging applications of spatial technology in undergraduate education; (2) fostering potential collaborative efforts between and within participant schools, such as joint research initiatives and/or shared resources for data, web maps and teaching materials, and; (3) creating a regional community of faculty and GIS/IT staff to interact on a regular basis, share information, and exchange ideas about the priorities identified during the conference.

This event is sponsored by Library & Information Technology at Bucknell University. Should you have any questions, please contact Janine Glathar at or (570) 577-1990.



GIS Job Opportunities

Congratulations to rising senior and GIS Student Assistant Darin Rockwell, Geography/Geology ’13, for landing a very competitive GIS internship for summer 2012 with Lockheed Martin. Currently ranked #58 on the Fortune 500 listLockheed Martin is a

global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. 

GIS is integrated across Lockheed Martin’s operations and the company recently joined the ESRI Partner Network in order to 

collaborate [with ESRI] on technologies to put online geospatial apps and services in the hands of more military, intelligence, homeland security and emergency response users worldwide…  Lockheed Martin and Esri have previously worked together on several geospatial-intelligence programs for the U.S. Government and international customers. The companies will continue to collaborate on future geospatial opportunities for global customers, with a focus on enterprise GIS solutions that connect desktop and mobile users across a range of devices with a secure worldwide network.

Hopefully at some point this summer we’ll be able to get a guest blog post from Darin about his internship (assuming of course he’s allowed to talk about it!).

GIS Job Opportunities – Yale University

Last fall I wrote a post about the work that Stace Maples is doing as Yale University’s GIS Specialist.  The Yale Map Department recently posted a job listing for a GIS Specialist who would work with Stace and others in the map department  on developing and maintaining GIS metadata. Full job description is pasted in below. Click here to submit an application on the Yale University careers page.

GIS Specialist, Map Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Duration: Fixed, one year from date of hire

Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)


The Position

Reporting to and under the guidance of the Head of the Map Department and in collaboration with staff from the Library Cataloging and Metadata Department, manages all of the GIS aspects of the Map Department’s metadata and cataloging operations. These operations, which generally utilize the Maps2MARC process, focus primarily on topographic map series and nautical charts, but may expand to include Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, highway maps, GIS data, and raster digital files created from paper-based maps held by the Department.

Principal Responsibilities

1.      Provides GIS support for projects creating descriptive records for the Map Department’s paper-based maps and charts.

2.      Manages, plans, and organizes GIS project workflow and reports progress made on different phases of the project for each map series.

3.      Creates GIS footprint indexes for map series with ArcGIS software by individual sheet or in bulk with automated grid methods.

4.      Builds GIS table templates with catalog librarians to allow the catalogers to record particular metadata for individual maps within a series.

5.      Using ArcGIS software, processes map series information.

6.      Collaborates with staff to convert GIS map footprint indexes to MARC records or to convert MARC records to GIS footprints.

7.      Generates reports for map series for inventory and labeling of map folders.

8.      Supervises student employees who assist in creating map footprint indexes and other related tasks.

9.      Works on site at assigned Libraries.

10.  May perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

Master’s degree with training or specialty in GIS. 1 year GIS experience with geospatial data/ cartographic materials or GIS project management involving development of metadata for a collection of objects. For appointment to the rank of Librarian 1, a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science is required.

Required Skills & Abilities

1.      Demonstrated familiarity with ArcGIS 10 or 10.1 GIS desktop and Microsoft Excel software. Some familiarity with the MARC metadata format, and HTML. High degree of computer literacy.

2.      Familiarity with topographic and nautical series maps, projections, and coordinate systems.

3.      Excellent oral, written, and graphic communication skills.

4.      Ability to train others in fundamental GIS and metadata collection skills.

5.      Excellent management, communication, and coordination skills with an ability to systematically and logically solve problems and implement measures to ensure quality control of metadata.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science.

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 16429BR.  Please be sure to reference # 16429BRin your cover letter.