Using GIS to Investigate the Ecological Effects of Urban Sprawl

Smith students and faculty who are interested in Environmental Science and Policy, Geoscience, or Ecology should check out this week’s Sigma Xi talk on using GIS to investigate the ecological effects of urban sprawl! Cory Keeler, the Spatial Analysis Lab post-bac fellow, will be speaking about the role of spatial analysis in identifying areas where urban sprawl puts people and landscapes alike at risk from wildfire, invasive species, and human-wildlife conflict. This talk will address ways that we can identify these “risk areas,” also known as wildland-urban interface, for policy and management applications, as well as the importance of scale in investigating the spatial patterns of urban sprawl. The talk will be at noon on Tuesday, October 2, in McConnell 103.

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