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Wednesday, May 17 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
UW Tacoma Student Presentations

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1. Integrating GIS and Citizen Science to Monitor the Distribution of Microplastics in the Salish Sea, Chris Vandenberg, MS Candidate at University of Washington-Tacoma. Microplastics are small plastic particles in the environment that are generally smaller than 1 mm down to the micrometer range. They can come from a variety of sources, including; cosmetics, clothing, industrial processes, and the breakdown of larger plastic debris. Research conducted over the past decade indicates that microplastics are ubiquitous in marine environments, and pose a threat to biodiversity around the world. This study integrates Geographic Information Systems and mobile devices in the citizen science process, to address the issue of monitoring microplastic debris in the Salish Sea. Furthermore, this project will feature an exploratory analysis of interpolation techniques to accurately represent the distribution of Microplastics in this marine environment. The resulting geovisualization will raise awareness concerning the adverse effects microplastics have on the environment.
2. Identifying Locations for Remote Camera Traps in the North Cascades Ecosystem to Monitor Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) Presence and Population Recovery. By Whitney Emge.In January 2017 the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) restoration plan to recover the population in the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE). The agencies plan to use remote camera trap stations to monitor grizzly bear presence and population recovery. Remote camera trap stations are a noninvasive wildlife monitoring and data collection method. The purpose of the present project is to identify ideal locations for remote camera trap stations in the NCE to monitor the recovery process. Locations will be based on habitat quality, human activity, and accessibility. Spatial analysis for this project is underway.
3.  Identifying Locations for Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) Release Sites in the North Cascades Ecosystem and the Potential Affected Areas by Anna McDermott. The US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Parks Service have drafted a Grizzly Bear restoration plan in the North Cascades Ecosystem in Washington State. This was part of their historic range, but due to excessive hunting, they were functionally eliminated from the area. The proposal to restore the population naturally leads to the question of where they will go. My project aims to discover best possible release locations for grizzly bears in the North Cascades Ecosystem and assess the potentially impacted areas from these release points.
4. Analyzing the Effects of a Megaquake on Emergency Medical Access in Northwest Washington by April O'Donnell. This project aims to identify emergency medical services in Washington’s Clallam and Jefferson Counties for persons injured by an earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Analysis will determine if the current medical facilities can withstand a megathrust quake (magnitude 9.0) and subsequent effects, and will develop a post-quake road network. The effects of ground shaking, surface rupture, landslides, and tsunami are among the hazards that will be modeled to modify the current road networks and develop hospital service areas with projected drive-times.
5. Gentrification by Kevin Bogue. It is a word we are hearing on an increasingly regular basis, but what is it and why does it matter? Why are we good at determining places where it has already happened and, to a certain extent, areas where it is currently happening, but struggle to identify areas where it is likely to happen in the future? I propose that the process of gentrification is not random, but can be predicted. Using Tacoma, WA as a test site, my research has identified indicators which I believe can be used to predictively model an area’s susceptibility to gentrification. Using my findings in Tacoma, I have begun to create an automated tool that, when finished, could allow for the identification of gentrification susceptibility anywhere in the United States.
6. Evaluation of Bus Routing through Mobile Data Collection by Emily Pitman. Identifying patterns of current and projected public transportation use is important for proposing bus routes. A route may be utilized because it is optimal for their transportation needs, or it may selected because due to limited options. Through documentation of riders’ origin and destination locations, a bus system can be evaluated with respect to its efficiency in meeting consumer demand. This study will record participatory ridership information including the origin and destination addresses to determine routing effectiveness. A two-step process is proposed. First, a preferential routing system that utilizes fixed bus routes and walking via streets will be created. Through development of a preferential routing system, the routes and transfer locations utilized will be determined. Secondly, a location collection tool will be created to record participants' origin and destination addresses. If the development process is successful, preliminary suggestions for ridership and fixed route system evaluations will be provided following initial assessment of the collected data.
7. Analyzing the occurrences and trends of home-birth throughout counties in Washington State by Janelle Kueck. Less than 1% of births occur at home in the United States. Of the 39 counties in Washington State five have been identified as outliers, far exceeding the national average. My project will attempt to explain this discrepancy through a look at available clinicians, hospitals providing labor and delivery, and socio-economic status of the outlier counties (as compared with the state average).
8. The Migration of Gray Wolfs in Washington State by Eric Sievers.  Historically wolves were found throughout the state of Washington until the first part of the twentieth century when they were hunted to extinction in Washington.  Until 2008 Washington did not have any confirmed wolf packs.  As of June 2016 there were 21 confirmed wolf packs in the North East part of Washington.  There currently are no federal or state plans to reintroduce wolves into Washington, but there is evidence that wolves are continuing to migrate into the state.  I would like to find the most likely route of migration and possibly a timeline, based off of current migration.
9.  Evaluating the affects of Foreclosure by Gila Burton-Curl. The research project I’m doing is to examine the home foreclosure by evaluating what affects foreclosure has had on the surrounding neighborhood in the City of Tacoma, with a focus point on the area where there is a high neighborhood concentration of foreclosures.  In addition, this research seeks to expose evidence of the disamenity effects on the community and negative impacts due to foreclosures within surrounding neighbors. The total dataset has a total of 2634 entries as representative  sample for housing sales, foreclosure, and vacate properties within the City of Tacoma. I am seeking to answer what effects have foreclosures impacted Tacoma citizens from year 2007 to present with an emphasis on the African American population? One question that will be illuminated is the overarching effects that foreclosure has on low-income neighborhoods as an empirical analysis that “examines the relationship between foreclosure intensity and residential satisfaction in the neighborhood”.
10. Shelter Services Applications: Spatial tools for increased social service efficiency by Mattie J. Wheeler. The author presents research exploring systemic institutional borden's in managing resources for homeless populations to access social services and shelters. Minimal research has explored the best practices in transferring information of shelter availability to social workers or the homeless population. Recent increases in mobile mapping software hold promise for addressing problems in accessing shelters through implementing tools that allow connection to real-time representational spatial data. This presentation reviews how ESRI Collector app can be modified to address homeless populations access to shelters within Seattle, WA through the acquisition of data collection and automating data amendment for increased usability.
11. Data-Scraping Structure Information for Hazus Earthquake Models by Christopher Clinton. Structure value is a key component of Hazus disaster simulations that estimate economic loss. This information, however, is not easily accessible to individuals creating these models. In Washington State, county assessors evaluate real estate for the purpose of levying property taxes for local and state revenue. This data is often difficult to acquire in a timely manner without an automated mechanism to serve the data. Additionally, property values are dynamic and need to be continually updated. This project uses a script to utilize Okanogan County’s existing web service to access property values without the involvement of county staff or a formal public records request. The script automates a web browser to access the interface and mimics human interaction with the search


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Greg Lund

Lecturer, University of Washington, Tacoma
Gregory Lund is a graduate of the University of Washington, with an MSGIS in Geographic Information Systems, and the University of New York, Brockport, with an MS in Education. Gregory is a Full Time Lecturer in the University of Washington Tacoma's GIS Certificate Program.

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Amy Boucher

My mission statement is to walk mindfully and purposefully through each day knowing even the smallest of action, good or bad, has an impact on the world around me. | I will do my part to: contribute towards building social capital and engage with communities to foster ecological... Read More →
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Emily Pitman

Masters Candidate, University of Washington Tacoma
Emily Pitman is a Masters candidate in the Geospatial Technology program at University of Washington Tacoma. She is extremely interested in resource management and public outreach and is currently pursuing her interests an intern on Pierce Transit's Capital Planning team. When Em... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 317

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