Past graduates of the HGIS Lab include
Andrew Dunlop, History Ph.D.
Andrew earned an M.Sc. in geography at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000, then taught a wide range of geography courses at the University of Manitoba before returning to Saskatoon for his doctoral program. Beginning in 2007, Andrew worked as a research assistant in the HGIS Lab and contributed significantly to the Great Plains Population and Environment Project. Andrew successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Progress, Crisis, and Stability: Making the Northwest Plains Agricultural Landscape,” in December 2014. His research involved digitizing historical aerial photographs of agricultural landscapes on either side of the Canada-U.S. border to trace land use change during the twentieth century. Andrew is now Director, Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Saskatchewan.
JOHN GOW, HISTORY PH.D.
John successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “Persistent Mirage: How the ‘Great American Desert’ Buries Great Plains Indian Environmental History,” in 2011. He used historical GIS methods to reconstruct in fine detail the routes of European and American explorers, travelers, and traders who crossed the central Great Plains before 1830.
ALICE GLAZE, HISTORY M.A.
Alice successfully defended her M.A. thesis, entitled “Women Before the Kirk: Godly Discipline in Canongate [Scotland], 1640-1650,” in 2009. Click here for an abstract. After a stint as a professional historical researcher she began the Ph.D. program at the University of Guelph in 2012, where she plans to undertake a historical GIS analysis of early modern Scotland for her dissertation. While at the HGIS Lab Alice contributed to several projects, including Rethinking the Dust Bowl and the 1936-37 Wind Erosion Maps.
ELISE LEHMANN, UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT
Elise was an undergraduate research assistant in the HGIS Lab and also worked in the Education Library on campus. Elise is now attending the University of Alberta and is working on a Master of Library and Information Studies.
Louis Reed-Wood, Undergraduate Student
Louis worked as undergraduate research assistant at the HGIS Lab. Louis is now working towards his Masters degree in History at the University of Calgary.
MICHAEL ST. LOUIS, AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS M.SC.
Michael became an MSc in the department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics in the spring of 2013. He was previously the manager of the Canadian Rural Economy Research Lab (C-RERL) and an employee of GIServices – both at the University of Saskatchewan. He worked with the staff of the HGIS Lab from 2008 to 2014 helping with a variety of GIS projects and providing IT support. Michael worked extensively on the Breeding Bird Survey project and provided quality control for the 1936-37 Wind Erosion Maps. Michael is now employed by Map of Agriculture as a GIS and investment analyst in Banbury, England.
MATT TODD, HISTORY M.A.
Matt successfully defended his M.A. thesis, entitled “Now May Be Heard a Discouraging Word: The Impact of Climate Fluctuation on Texas Ranching in the 1880s,” in 2010. Click here for an abstract. He worked as a research assistant on a variety of HGIS Lab projects, including the 1936-37 Wind Erosion Maps, the Métis Traditional Land Use project, and Glacier Map digitizing.
GINA TRAPP, HISTORY AND POLITICAL STUDIES B.A.
Gina worked as a research assistant in the HGIS Lab during most of her undergraduate career, contributing to a variety of projects, including Rethinking the Dust Bowl, the 1936-37 Wind Erosion Maps, the Métis Traditional Land Use project, the Kansas Grassland Settlement project, and many others. Gina graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a double honours degree in 2012.
JUSTIN VOOGEL, HISTORY M.A. STUDENT
Justin worked in the lab during the second year of his M.A. program in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on the ways in which science and exploration were used during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in the development of Britain’s empire in the Pacific.