Robert Legg, Associate Professor

Robert LeggAssociate Professor

3113 New Science Facility
906-227-2577
rlegg@nmu.edu
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2846-8241

Began teaching at NMU August 2006

Associate Staff

NorFish Project ERC-2014-ADG
European Research Council Advanced Grant (2016-2020)
Centre for Environmental Humanities, School of Histories and Humanities
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland.

Curriculum vitae

Education

Courses

  • GC235 Quantitative Methods
  • GC335 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • GC337 Computer Cartography
  • GC428 Spatial Analysis

Current majors, minors and certification

Professional and so forth

  • Robert’s research involves applied GIS, spatial statistics and the wider fields of GIScience and Geomatics. He has contributed to research and service projects assisting archaeologists, real estate professionals, environmental quality and ecological history scientists, in addition to other groups. Research projects were carried out in North America, Europe and Africa.
     
  • Since 1999, beginning teaching at the higher-level in GIS, GIScience and Geomatics, Robert has effectively taught GIS, spatial and quantitative technologies to several thousand students —both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Many of these past students are gainfully employed GIS professionals, who have targeted a variety of spatial-based carriers in the private sector and within various levels of government (federal, state, and local) in the United States and elsewhere globally.
     
  • The EEGS GIS and Geomatics programs link collaboratively with other on-campus departments exploiting course offerings in NMU's Computer Science and award-winning Art & Design Programs. As part of NMU's GIScience education initiative, each EEGS student is equipped with a high-spec ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop with the latest industry standard GIS software and county-wide internet access through NMU's LTE network. Students will regularly bring these tools into internship opportunities, serving a variety of local and regional organizations with learned skills. Internships offer students the ability to strengthen resumes, portfolios and gain work experience from talented GIS professionals in the local community. We strive to provide the best undergraduate Geomatics programs in the region, and we are proud of both our track-record and past students who demonstrate that things are working well.
     
  • Robert balances his free time with x-country skiing, running, cycling and occasionally a lively game of drop-in ice hockey at NMU's Berry Events center.

Publications (in progress/review)

  • Legg, R. J., Nakiguli, C., & Lejju, J. (in preparation). Water quality and heavy metal pollution in threatened urban wetlands in the Lake Victoria basin, Uganda. Manuscript being finalized for submission.
  • Legg, R. J. (in preparation). Ground-penetrating radar in the northwestern great lakes: a trial survey of a protohistoric occupation of late Paleoindian site locations in Marquette county, Michigan. Manuscript being finalized for submission.
  • Legg, R. J., Regis, R. R., Lambert, J. M., Liesch, M., & Travis, C. B. (Revisions submitted to journal). Geoarchaeological modeling of late Paleoindian site locations in the northwestern great lakes. PaleoAmerica.
  • Legg, R. J., & Ludlow, F. (Revisions pending). Ringforts classified: a geospatial investigation of settlement patterns in Ireland's early medieval period. In F. Ludlow & D. Fleming (Eds.), Environment, Settlement and Society: Changing Historical Patterns in Ireland.

Publications

  • Liesch, M., Dunklee, L., Legg, R. J., Feig, A. D., & Krause, A. J. (2015). Use of business naming practices to delineate Michigan's vernacular regions: a Michigan example. Journal of Geography, 114, 1-9.
  • Loope, W. L., Jol, H. M., Fisher, T. G., Blewett, W. L., Loope, H. M., & Legg, R. J. (2014). A previously unrecognized path of base flow and elevated discharge from Lake Minong to Lake Chippewa across eastern Upper Michigan. In Coastline and dune evolution along the Great Lakes. In T. G. Fisher & E. C. Hanson (Eds.), Coastline and Dune Evolution Along the Great Lakes (Vol. 508, pp. 1-13). Boulder, Colorado: Geological Society of America.
  • Loope, W. L., Loope, H. M., Goble, R. J., Fisher, T. G., Lytle, D. E., Legg, R. J., . . . Young, A. R. (2012). Optical dating reveals Holocene forest destruction and widespread deflation across eastern Upper Michigan, USA. Geology, 40(4), 315-318.
  • Legg, R. J., & Anderton, J. B. (2010). Using paleoshoreline and site location modeling in the northern Great Lakes: Geoarchaeological approaches to prehistoric archaeological survey in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Geoarchaeology, 25, 772-783.
  • Anderton, J. B., Legg, R. J., & Regis, R. R. (2010). Geoarchaeological approaches to site location modeling and archaeological survey in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Wisconsin Archeologist, 90(1 & 2), 19-30.
  • Legg, R. J. (2010). Book review, The SAGE Handbook of Spatial Analysis. Journal of Regional Science, 50(5), 1012-1014.
  • Legg, R. J., & Bowe, T. (2009). Applying geographically weighted regression to a real estate problem, an example from Marquette, Michigan. ArcUser, 12(2), 44-45.
  • Legg, R. J. (2007). Site catchment analysis. In D. Pearsall (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Archaeology (pp. 2002-2004). Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Legg, R. J., & Taylor, D. (2006). Modeling environmental influences on the location choice Irish Early Medieval ringforts. Geoarchaeology An International Journal, 21(3), 201-220.
  • Carroll, V., Legg, R. J., & Taylor, D. (2003). Redesigning an undergraduate geography course at Trinity College, Dublin using WebQuests. Paper presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Chesapeake, VA.

Presentations

  • Travis, C.*, Holm, P., Ludlow, F., Rankin, K., Klais, R., Lougheed, K., . . . Legg, R. (2016). The NorFish DeepMap. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the West and East Lakes Divisions of the Association of American Geographers, Marquette, MI.
  • Travis, C.*, Holm, P., Ludlow, F., Klais, R., Legg, R. J, & Rankin, K. (2016). The NorFish Platform: Geographical information science, data visualization and mapping early modern coastal and maritime cultural heritage. Paper presented at the Oceans Past Platform Conference, Bayscapes: Shaping the Coastal Interface through Time, Trinity College, the University of Dublin.
  • Travis, C.*, Holm, P., Ludlow, F., Legg, R. J., & Rankin, K. (2016). The NorFish platform: geographical information science, data visualization and mapping early modern coastal and maritime cultural heritage. Paper presented at the Presentation to the 48th Conference of Irish Geographers, St. Patrick's College, Dublin.
  • Legg, R. J., Lejju, J., Kiwanuka, C., & Murphy, S. P. (2016). Identifying heavy metal pollution in selected urban wetlands of Lake Victoria, Uganda. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Legg, R. J. (2015). Developing an environmentally-based site location model of Paleoindian settlement in the northern great lakes. Paper presented at the School of Natural Sciences Lightning Talks, Trinity College, the University of Dublin, Ireland.
  • Legg, R. J. (2014). An environmentally-based site location model of Paleoindian settlement in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference, Champaign, IL.
  • Legg, R. J., & Leonard, J. (2014). Redeveloping undergraduate curriculum by applying strategies in active learning, techniques, issues, teaching and technology. Paper presented at the Presentation to the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL.
  • Legg, A. T., Zubair, M. M., Saharan, S., Huang, J. H., Hohimer, A. R., Legg, R. J., & Langley, S. (2014). The volume of blood transfused predicts outcomes following congenital cardiac surgery. Paper presented at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Legg, R. J., & Anderton, J. B. (2013a). Developing an environmentally-based site location model of Paleoindian settlement in the Northern Great Lakes. Paper presented at the Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, Sante Fe, NM.
  • Legg, R. J., & Anderton, J. B. (2013b). Exploring a Native American early fur trade site with Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) in the Northern Great Lakes. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Anderton, J. B., Paquette, J., Buckmaster, M., & Legg, R. J. (2013). Geoarchaeology on the cusp of a changing world: The GLO#3 site (20MQ140), a protohistoric occupation in the Lake Superior Basin, USA. Paper presented at the Society of American Archaeologists (SAA), Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI.
  • Legg, R. J., & Anderton, J. B. (2012). Ground-penetrating radar of archaeological sites on Grand Isle, Michigan. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • Legg, R. J., & Anderton, J. B. (2011). A contested landscape in the Northern Great Lakes: Geospatial approaches to cultural resource survey on the Yellow Dog Plains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Paper presented at the Presentation to the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Legg, R. J. (2011). Landscapes of Conflict, A Geographer's Experience in Israel. Paper presented at the Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), Geo-Scope, Geography Speaker Series, Marquette MI.
  • Loope, W. L., Loope, H. M., Goble, R. J., Fisher, T. G., Lytle, D. E., Legg, R. J., & Wysocki, D. A.(2010). Massive dune building in interior Eastern Upper Michigan USA is temporarily correlated with the hydrologic closure of the Upper Great Lakes and spatially confined below 245m ASL. Paper presented at the Geological Society of America (GSA), Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Legg, R. J., & Diodato, N. (2010). Comparison of spatial modeling for climate inputs in the Mediterranean Region using limited data (MetEROBS – Monte Pino Met European Research Observatory, GEWEX-CEOP Network, World Climate Research Programme). Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Washington, DC.
  • Legg, R. J., & Bowe, T. (2009). Housing patterns in small town America: an exploration of spatial analysis methods: a case study involving Marquette Michigan. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Loope, W. L., Goble, R. J., Fisher, T. G., Jol, H. M., Loope, H. M., Wysocki, D. A., & Legg, R. J. (2009). Holocene dune stabilization in interior Eastern Upper Michigan: signals of climate-sensitive biogeomorphic change or interbasin meltwater passage (or both)?. Paper presented at the Geological Society of America North Central Meeting, Rockford, IL.
  • Loope, W. L., Jol, H. M., Fisher, T. G., Goble, R. J., Loope, H. M., & Legg, R. J. (2008). Use of OSL, GPR and GIS to constrain the hypothetical behavior of Lake Minong's water plane and paths of meltwater discharge across Eastern Upper Michigan, USA. Paper presented at the Geological Society of America North Central Meeting, Annual Meeting, Evansville, IN.
  • Hardenbrook, K., & Legg, R. J. (2008). Spatial distribution and habitat modeling of Pitcher’s thistle in the Grand Sable Dunes at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan. Paper presented at the Presentation to the Canadian Association of Geographers (Ontario) and the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers (CAGONT ELDAAG), Annual Meeting, St. Catharines, ON.
  • Legg, R. J., & Bowe, T. (2008). Geographically weighted regression: Marquette real estate. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers (Ontario) and the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers (CAGONT/ELDAAG), Annual Meeting, St. Catharines, ON.
  • Anderton, J. B., Legg, R. J., & Regis, R. R. (2008). Cultural resources survey using GIS modeling of geoarchaeological contexts in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PIRO). Paper presented at the Western Great Lakes Research Conference, Annual Meeting, Marquette, MI.
  • Anderton, J. B., & Legg, R. J. (2008). Geoarchaeological approaches to site location modeling and archaeological survey, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan, USA. Paper presented at the Presentation to the Society of American Archaeologists (SAA), Annual Meetin, Vancouver, BC.
  • Loope, W. L., Goble, R. J., Jol, H. M., Fisher, T. G., Loope, H. M., Wysocki, D. A., & Legg, R. J. (2007). Optical dating of the demise of Lake Minong reveals an early Holocene connection with Lake Chippewa across eastern Upper Peninsula, USA. Paper presented at the Geological Society of America (GSA), Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Cislo, J., Legg, R. J., & Anderton, J. B. (2007). Temporal land use analysis of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Paper presented at the East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers (ELAAG), East Lansing, MI.
  • Legg, R. J. and Cumberlidge, N. (2007). Report on establishing a sister university with the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara Uganda. Post-trip symposium and presentation. Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.
  • Anderton, J. B., Legg, R. J., Regis, R., Weesen, T., & Kitzman, C. (2007). Geoarchaeological investigations in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan, USA. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Timmons, C., & Legg, R. J. (2007). Wind turbines: A preliminary site location assessment of an offshore wind farm in Lake Superior. Paper presented at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Legg, R. J. (2005). Predictive modeling of ringforts: examining the possible influence of climate on settlement in Early Medieval Ireland. Paper presented at the Irish Quaternary Association (IQA) Series on Reconstructing Climate Changes, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Legg, R. J. (2005). Environmental influences on the distribution of ringforts in Ireland. Paper presented at the Computing Applications in Archaeology (CAA), (UK Chapter), Annual Meeting, Southampton, England.
  • Legg, R. J. (2004). Development of a predictive archaeological model for Early Medieval Irish settlements in the Blackwater Valley County Meath. Paper presented at the Presentation to the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Grants

  • Faculty reassigned time award (2016). Building healthy futures: Water quality, policy and sustainable development in the Lake Victoria Region, Uganda: Maintaining an international Memorandum of Understanding among partnering institutions in the European Union, East Africa and Michigan.
  • Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation (2016). Establishing ecological reference conditions in remote regions to assess the effects of recent anthropogenic activity in the Lake Superior basin, with Gayle McGlynn (PI), Robert J. Legg, Luis León Vintró.
  • Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation (2012) Geomorphology and chronology of sand dune activity and former glacial lake levels, Huron Mountains, Upper Michigan
  • National Science Foundation (2011-2013) Increasing adoption of active learning in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline by integrating a faculty development program, and a technology-facilitated learning environment Course Curriculum Learning Initiative (CCLI).
  • US Department of Education and US Institute of Peace (2010-2011) Middle East Initiative
  • Google (2010) Google Earth Pro education initiative, aimed at finding creative ways to integrate Google Earth Pro materials into the classroom.
  • NMU Faculty reassigned time (2010) Developing GIS based materials for course support within the Geography Department.
  • National Park Service (NPS) and the Mid-West Archaeological Center (MWAC) (2007-2008) Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Geoarcheological investigation and survey.
  • NMU Academic Service Learning (ASL) award (2007) Support for an active service learning (ASL) component in computer cartography (GC337).
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