Back to another semester of GIS work at the University of West Florida. Modules 1 and 2 both were working with the design of spatial databases. The thought process behind doing work ahead of time, through designing of entity relationship diagrams, hopefully can save the overall project time in the end by having complete data and cutting out the needless overtures. We have used a program called Lucidchart for several semesters and I am beginning to now realize how truly strong it is at helping a program lay the ground work. Below is a ERD from this weeks lab, sorry for the late post but due to a seizure and dislocated shoulder I had to simplify the work and turn in the bare bones.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Geographic Information Systems
April 7, 2017
Table of Contents
7. Evidence of Competence
8. Summary of Coursework
13. Contact Information
I am 28 years old with a bachelors of science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science (Biological Sciences) achieved from South Dakota State University in May 2011. I am married and moved to Florida in 2013 to allow my wife to follow her passion in working at Zoo Miami. As I earned experience working in the wildlife field for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) I advanced to the current position that I am in now as Biologist 2 in Sunrise, FL attached to the Everglades Wildlife Management Area.
6135 NW 186th St. apt 102
Hialeah, Florida 33015
Experienced biologist in Wildlife, Habitat, and Range Management
§ Firefighter Training
§ Heavy Equipment operation and Maintenance
§ Class A CDL Endorsement
§ Experience in GIS
§ Usage of all Microsoft Packages
§ 2+ years professional and educational experience with ArcMap
§ Educational Experience with ERDAS IMAGINE
Biologist 2, (Everglades WMA)
§ Responsible for managing burn shapefiles, prescriptions, and plans for Everglades WMA (700,000 acre management area)
§ Responsible for input and submitting final burn plans for Everglades
§ Map wildfires and input information into databases for state records
§ Assist with land management operations on E-WMA, including but not limited to invasive plant treatment, tree plantings, equipment operation, and animal surveys
Habitat Technician, (Babcock/Webb WMA)
§ Burning, mowing, chopping, clearing, planting and chemical control of desirable and non-desirable vegetation
§ Assists in surveys, nesting support, habitat analysis, check station management
§ Operates, maintains and repairs equipment and vehicles
§ Collect and enter various biological data
Biologist 2, (Stormwater Treatment Area)
§ Daily operation of STA hunting station
§ Identification of numerous waterfowl species
§ Accurate record keeping of daily harvest
September 2016 - Present
Biologist 2, Florida Wildlife Commission, Sunrise, Fl
May 2014 – September 2016
Habitat Techician, Florida Wildlife Commission, Punta Gorda, FL
September 2013- February 2014
Bilogist 2, Florida Wildlife Commission, Sunrise, Fl
Bachelors of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries
South Dakota State University
In Progress (Estimated Completion Date 12/15/17)
Masters of Science in Geographic Information Systems
University of West Florida
19.5 of 36 graduate credits completed plus 15 hours of Foundational proficiency GIS
Supervisor for 1.5 years
Biologist 3 (Lead Area Biologist Babcock/Webb WMA)
Direct supervisor for 1 year and Mr. Pope’s supervisor for 1.5 years in relationship to me
District Biologist (South West Florida WMA’s)
Biologist 3 (Babcock Rank lead area biologist) Coworker for 2.5 years
Evidence of Competence
I believe that it is important to keep in mind when discussing a program, especially one that requires such technical skill as GIS, that growth is more important than beginning ability. I came into this program with zero knowledge of GIS and very little ability in both technical computer application and online class regimen. That being said learning is not about the floor but the ceiling of a student and hopefully by looking at some of the maps displayed in the following pages you will see someone that has grown competent. In the beginning (later pages) I had issues with balance, readability, proper displaying of labels, making things stand out without being overpowering, and showing restraint in going over the top, but as I learned more throughout my educational career I became stronger. I hope that all those that take the time to read and observe my outputs can appreciate that these skills were learned through thousands of hours of hard work, not by some natural ability that needed no refinement.
Above is bivariate choropleth map created in the course Communicating GIS. This map shows the data obesity mapped along with physical inactivity, both depicted by custom color pallets. Shown at the county level, each area shows one color and articulates both its level of obesity and physical inactivity. These maps are not always appropriate and can often be difficult to show restraint on as many creators wish to have too many classes which causes chaos in readability.
This map was created during the communicating GIS course of the MS program. First the DEM is converted to a hill shade with the azimuth of 315 degrees and the altitude being 45 degrees (default settings). Next the land cover classifications map was condensed ( I believe there were originally 20 tree classes) and after applying a 60% transparency overlayed on top of the hillshade to create a hypsometric tint.
This map shows the path of Hurricane Sandy on its path towards the northeast years ago. The map was created by plotting the storm then using SQL queries to locate the pressure and wind speeds to make it a particular category. Finally, I mapped the states that were impacted by the hurricane.
This map depicts different types of cluster and outlier analysis. Being that this map is quite old, it is hard for me to remember the exact reasoning behind the grid-based dot, but I believe it was for crime analysis. Anyways the yellow and white show kernel density analysis while the blue shows Local Moran's I.
Done almost 2 years ago in Remote Sensing this map shows the skills to identify different types of features on an aerial map. It also shows that I can digitize, which I have taken profound leaps ahead in that skillset. Despite seeing some of the glaring weaknesses, it is important to point out that digitizing is one of the most sought after skill sets GIS employing companies are looking for and I began that journey towards learning that skill years ago.
Mailing address: 6135 NW 186th St. Apt 102 Hialeah, Fl 33015
Email, School: Jrl45@students.uwf.edu
Phone number: 605-661-7932