Robert J. Legg

Robert LeggAssociate Professor

3113 New Science Facility
906-227-2577
rlegg@nmu.edu

Began teaching at NMU in 2006

Curriculum Vita

Education

Courses

  • GC235 Quantitative Methods in the spatial sciences;
  • GC335 Introduction to GIS (GIS);
  • GC337 Computer Cartography;
  • GC428 Spatial Analysis.

Current majors, minors and certification

  • Geomatics major
  • GIS and GISy minor
  • GIS certification program at NMU

Previous courses

  • Environmental Remote Sensing (TCD, Department of Geography)
  • Cartography (TCD, Department of Geography)
  • Geographic Information Science (TCD, Department of Geography)

Robert Legg is a geographic information systems professional certified by the GIS certification institute, Park Ridge Illinois, 2009.

He graduated with a Ph.D. (2006) from the Department of Geography, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD).

Prior to his work at TCD he obtained an M.Sc. in Environmental Remote Sensing (1999) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Robert’s undergraduate degree is from Trinity Western University, Langley Canada.

Robert’s research involves applied spatial analysis and applied geomatics. He has contributed to research and service projects involving archaeology, geoarchaeology, real estate analysis, geomorphology, palynology, geomorphology and various forms of pedagogy.  These projects have been applied in Europe, Africa and North America.  In his free time Robert enjoys skiing, running and other outdoor activities.

Select Publications

  • Loope, W.L., Loope, H.M., Goble, R.J., Fisher, T.G., Lytle, D.E., Legg, R.J., Wysocki, D.A., Hanson, P.R., Young, A.R. (2012), Optical dating reveals Holocene forest destruction and widespread deflation across eastern Upper Michigan, USA. Geology, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 315-318.
  • Legg, R.J. and 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: An International Journal, vol. 25, no.6, pp. 772-783.
  • Legg, R.J. (2010) Book Review, The SAGE handbook of Spatial Analysis. Journal of Regional Science, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 1012-1014.
  • Anderton, J.B., Legg, R.J. and Regis, R. (2010) Geoarchaeological approaches to site location modeling and archaeological survey in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Wisconsin Archaeologist vol. 90, pp.19-30.
  • Legg, R.J. and Bowe, T. (2009) Applying geographically weighted regression to a real estate problem, an example from Marquette, Michigan. ArcUser, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 44-45.
  • Legg, R.J. (2007). Site Catchment Analysis. Encyclopedia of Archaeology, Elsevier, Oxford pp 2002-2004.
  • Legg, R.J. and Taylor, D. (2006) Modeling environmental influences on the location choice Irish Early Medieval ringforts. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 201-220.
  • Carroll, V., Legg, R.J., Taylor, D. (2003) Redesigning an Undergraduate Geography Course at Trinity College Dublin Using WebQuests. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (2003) (pp.889-896). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Presentations

  • Legg, R.J. and Anderton, J.B. Ground penetrating radar of Archeological sites on Grand Isle, Michigan, Presentation to the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, New York, NY, March 2012.
  • Legg, R.J. and Anderton, J.B. A Contested Landscape in the Northern Great Lakes: Geospatial Approaches to Cultural Resource Survey on the Yellow Dog Plains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Presentation to the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, April 2011.
  • Legg, R.J. Landscapes of Conflict, A Geographers Experience in Israel, Invited talk to Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), GeoScope, Geography Speaker Series, Marquette, MI, April 2011.
  • Loope, W.L., Loope, H.M. Goble, R.J., Fisher, T.G., Lytle, D.E., Legg R.J., and Wysocki, D.A. Massive dune building in interior Eastern Upper Michigan USA is temporarily correlated with the hydrologic closure2 of 6of the Upper Great Lakes and spatially connected below 245 M ASL., Presentation to the Geological Society of America (GSA), Annual Meeting Denver, CO., October 2010.
  • Legg, R.J. (Northern Michigan University) and Diodato, N. (MetEROBS Monte Pino Met European Research Observatory, GEWEXCEOP Network, World Climate Research Programme), Comparison of spatial modeling for climate inputs in the Mediterranean Region using limited data. Presentation to the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, Washington DC, April 2010.
  • Legg, R.J. and Bowe, T. Housing patterns in small town America: an exploration of spatial analysis methods: a case study involving Marquette Michigan. Presentation to the Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting, Presentation to the Association of American Geographers(AAG), Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 2009.
  • Loope, W.L., Goble, R.J., Fisher, T.G., Jol, H.M., Loope, H.M., Wysocki, D.A., Legg, R.J. Holocene dune stabilization in interior Eastern Upper Michigan: signals of climate sensitive bio-geomorphic change or inter-basin melt water passage (or both)? Presentation to the Geological Society of America North Central Meeting, Rockford, IL, April 2009.
  • Loope, W.L., Jol, H.M., Fisher, T.G., Goble, R.J., Loope, H.M., Legg, R.J. Use of OSL, GPR and GIS to constrain hypothetical behavior of Lake Minong's water plane and paths of melt water discharge across Eastern Upper Michigan, USA. Presentation to the Geological Society of America North Central Meeting, Annual Meeting, Evansville, IN, October 2008.
  • Legg, R.J. and Bowe T. Geographically weighted regression: Marquette real estate. 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, Ontario, October 2008.
  • Hardenbrook, K., and Legg, R.J. Spatial distribution and habitat modeling of Pitchers thistle in the Grand Sable Dunes at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan. 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, Ontario, October 2008.
  • Anderton, J.B., Legg R.J., and Regis, R. Cultural resources survey using GIS modeling of geoarchaeological contexts in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PIRO). Presentation at the Western Great Lakes Research Conference, Annual Meeting, Marquette, MI, April 2008.
  • Anderton, J.B. and Legg, R.J. Geoarchaeological approaches to site location modeling and archaeological survey, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan, USA. Invited Paper for symposium Landscapes in the Northwoods, Current Research in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (organized by Luc Litwinionek, University de Montréal), Presentation to the Society of American Archaeologists (SAA), Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 2008.
  • Loope, W.L., Goble, R.J., Jol, H.M., Fisher, T.G., Loope, H.M., Wysocki, D.A. and Legg, R.J. Optical dating of the demise of Lake Minong reveals an early Holocene connection with Lake Chippewa across eastern Upper Peninsula, USA. Presentation to the Geological Society of America (GSA), Annual Meeting, Denver, October 2007.
  • Cislo, J., Legg, R.J., and Anderton, J. Temporal land use analysis of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Presentation to the East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers (ELAAG), Annual Meeting, Michigan State University, October 2007.
  • Legg, R.J. and Cumberlidge, N. Report on establishing a sister university with the Mbrarara University of Science and Technology, Mbrarara Uganda. Post trip symposium and presentation. Northern Michigan University, April 2007.
  • Anderton, J.B., Legg, R.J., Regis, R., Weesen and T., Kitzman, C. Geoarchaeological investigations in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan, USA. Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, San Francisco, March 2007.
  • Timmons, C., and Legg, R.J. Wind turbines: A preliminary site location assessment of an off shore wind farm in Lake Superior. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, Annual Meeting, Ferris State University, March 2007.
  • Legg, R.J. Predictive modeling of ringforts: examining the possible influence of climate on settlement in Early Medieval Ireland. Irish Quaternary Association (IQA) series on Reconstructing Climate Changes, Dublin Ireland, September 2005.
  • Legg, R.J. Environmental influences on the distribution of ringforts in Ireland. Computing Applications in Archaeology (CAA), (UK Chapter), Annual Meeting, 2005, Southampton England.
  • Legg, R.J. Development of a predictive archaeological model for Early Medieval Irish settlements in the Blackwater Valley County Meath. Association of American Geographers (AAG), Annual Meeting, New Orleans, March 2004.