Liz Barry and Becky Boger will lead a lecture/demonstration on the use of Geographic Information Systems(GIS) from their distinctive points of view. How can various mapping strategies empower community action related to urban planning and environmental issues? Drawing on their experiences with Public Laboratory for Open Technologies and Science(PLOTS) and Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) they will discuss mapping strategies with local and global communities.
Rebecca Boger’s educational background and work experience have given her an interdisciplinary background in GIS, marine science, science education, geography and statistics. In 1998, she received a Knauss Fellowship in Marine Policy and worked for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program on the science team. She continued working for GLOBE until June 2007 as an international project scientist, regional desk officer for Africa and the Near East, and deputy director for international and U.S. partnerships. She enjoys building collaborations among scientists, teachers, students and other citizens to undertake science and education projects. She has a keen interest in working in the greater New York City area and in developing countries, particularly Africa. Her research interests include watershed studies and management, wetlands, estuarine habitats and coastal processes.