University professors are bringing spatial approaches to enhance teaching in the
classroom. Institute staff work with the Director of Spatial Curriculum and Research
through the Learning Spatially (LENS) Initiative and with individual faculty to
develop new courses and curricular materials. We also support Environmental Studies (EVST) design studios and senior capstone
projects, as well as individual faculty and students in other programs on campus.
EVST Design Studios: In these discovery-based courses, student-faculty
research teams solve problems for real-world clients and partners. Students receive
hands-on experience working with GIS in a professional setting. The Redlands Institute
provides technical support, data and mapping assistance as well as some instruction
in GIS, data management, and spatial analysis. Design projects include:
- Carbonate Species: An investigation to resolve conflict
between mining interests and endangered species management, funded by the USDA Forest
- Torres-Martinez Tribal Governance Center: Using an interactive
design and planning process, this studio developed guidelines for a future Tribal
Governance/education and resource center.
- Inland Valleys Open Space Project: This studio created
a fly-over view demonstrating the economic benefits of natural areas, and resulted
in the creation of 2 new state parks.
- Rails To Trails Redlands-Highland Loop: Students worked
with the Rails to Trails Conservancy to research, map and design a new rail-trail
route on the historic Mentone Loop.
- Redlands Street Tree Project: Using GIS, satellite imagery
and field data, this project provided an analysis of street tree status and benefits
for improving quality of life in the City of Redlands.
- San Timoteo Canyon Critical Habitat: GIS-based models
and maps on the comparative suitability of land for new development vs. critical
habitat revealed areas of conflict.
- Big Bear Fire Evacuation Plan: This project focused
on fire evacuation routes and areas of increased fire risk for mountain area residents
in Southern California.
- Santa Ana Greenway: Research and planning for a multi-use
regional trail system and parkway along the Santa Ana River corridor.
- Redlands "Emerald Necklace" Program: Students, faculty
and Institute staff modeled future growth and investigated sites for a proposed
multi-use greenbelt around the city of Redlands.
Senior Capstone Projects: Undergraduate students are using Institute
projects and expertise to build GIS into their senior projects. The Institute provides
data, analysis, and cartography support. Recent Senior project topics:
- Daniel P. Chambers - AVIAN ANALYSIS: A New Approach to Christmas Bird Count Data
at the Salton Sea
- Shuzo Yoshihara - Analysis of Avian Species Abundance Distribution Using Christmas
Bird Count Data
- Joseph Buckles - Reconstruction of Prehistoric Shorelines for Cultural Restraints
- Eric Kenas - Whitewater River Delta Restoration Project: An analysis into the feasibility
of a proposed wetlands project
- Steve Francis - Analysis of Historical North American Breeding Bird Survey Data
- Tim Jensen - Back Beetle impacts on the San Bernardino National Forest
- Vanessa Prast - Historical Trends of Raven Populations in the Mojave Desert
- Kristin Moobraaten - Analysis of common raven pellets to try to determine their
- Alison Gravis - Effects of anthropogenic encroachment and development on the numbers
of common ravens (Corvus corax) in the region immediately around Barstow, CA in
the Mojave Desert.
- JoAnna Vance - Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Juvenile Desert Tortoise (Gopherus
agassizii) Predation by the Common Raven
MIPs (Master’s Individual Projects): The Institute supports the faculty
and students of the MS GIS program on technology, data analysis, and instruction.
Recent MIP topics:
- Spatial Data Integration and Analysis for Community-Based Organizations within
the East Valley COMPASS Project
- Spatio-Temporal Exploration of Sheep Grazing Operations in the California Mojave
Thangu Narasimhan, India and USA
- Fish Recovery Solutions on the Salton Sea – A Pilot Study of an On-water Fish
Wen-Lin Shen, USA
- Incorporating Desert Tortoise Line Distance Sampling Data from Mojave Desert
Biologic Surveys into a Geographic Information System
S. Wood, Texas, USA
- Electrical Distribution System Application for the University of Redlands
Abdelhakim Ammari, Gaza, Israel
- Development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) for a Water Distribution
Petya Maneva, Bulgaria and USA
- The Wildland/Urban Interface: Cheatgrass, Fire Danger, and Fuel Breaks
- Temporal-Spatial Visualization and Crime Analysis of the University of Redlands