MARQUETTE – Three Northern Michigan University students gave presentations earlier this month at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Denver.
Amie Dickinson, a geography senior from Port Huron, discussed "Visualizing Cultural Landscape Changes in Ireland." Dickinson investigated the change of the cultural landscape of Ireland using GIS and mapping techniques during the last century, focusing on significant historical events such as religious rebellions and the Great Potato Famine. The research revealed significant spatial and temporal variations of the cultural landscape.
David Cook, an earth science senior from Spring Lake, and Kevin Hehir, a geography senior from Lewiston, presented "Easing Easements with GIS." Their research showed how GIS, cartographic visualization techniques and undergraduate student projects can help sustain environmental quality coordinated by organizations such as the Central Lake Superior Land Conservancy. GIS helps the conservancy display its data and make informed decisions regarding conservation techniques and acquiring easements.