The powerful applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Systems are truly intriguing and abundant. The past couple years I have worked on multiple interdisciplinary research projects which have integrated GIS and spatial thinking with archaeological research, fieldwork, and data collection. I have chosen to major in Interdisciplinary Archaeology with minors in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence (HSGI) and Computer Programming to explore the ways in which GIS and programming can improve research in other fields. My focus in archaeology and understanding of GIS has presented me with opportunities to perform fieldwork in Guatemala and Catalina Island, and to present our findings at academic conferences in Vancouver, Portland, and Los Angeles! Most recently, I spent a month in Guatemala as a member of the El Zotz reconnaissance team. Using GIS and LiDar data, I assisted in the identification and ground reconnaissance of Maya palace, temple, and earthwork features that had never been visited by archaeologists before. Follow this link to view a story map with more detailed accounts of the GIS projects I’ve worked on.
The HSGI minor allows student to analyze the interactions between GIS and national security issues, providing valuable skills that translate across all disciplines. The HSGI program equips students with technical proficiency in GIS, and provides them with a unique frame of spatial thinking. I wish to further my GIS education through the pursuit of an M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology, and intend to use my skills in professional environments that use or develop geospatial technologies to tackle issues in environmental or national security.