Roger Tomlinson Prize for Excellence in GIS

This prize is awarded to one undergraduate student and one graduate student in the College of Arts of Sciences each year. The prize is given to students who demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence in GIS-related classes
  • Demonstrated professional interest in GIS through community service, internships, employment, and other activities
  • Creative application of geospatial technologies for research, instruction, community service, and other applications 

2019-2020

Undergraduate Prize: Claire Napier (EVST, '20)

Claire demonstrated academic excellence in GIS-related classes, including Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis, Advanced GIS, Environmental Hydrology, Oceanography, and Biodiversity. She demonstrated outstanding performance in PanaMapping: Geodesign to Conserve the Rainforest, making exemplary use of GIS for mapping and comparing the erosion vulnerability of different catchments and contributing positively to group dynamics and final presentations. Demonstrating professional interest in GIS through community service, internships, employment, and other activities, Claire conducted summer research in 2019 with Hillary Jenkins, doing GIS as part of her analysis of forest recovery response to fires of varying intensity. She moved that project forward with a GIS-intensive capstone that is a creative application of geospatial technologies for research.

Graduate Prize: Ty Hranac (MGIS, '20)

Ty earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Occidental College in 2018. His economics training has been put to good use in GIS modeling and database design. While at Redlands, Ty worked with scientists at Joshua Tree National Park to map the transition zone between the Sonoran and Mojave Desert ecosystems. Ty has been a leader in team projects and study groups. He brings a keen, inquisitive mind to all aspects of spatial communication and geographic analysis. Ty is looking forward to finding an internship opportunity to complete his Master of Geographic Information Systems degree over the summer. 

2018-2019

Undergraduate Prize: Veronica Creed (EVST ’19)

Veronica, an environmental studies student with minors in Spatial Studies and Mathematics, won the undergraduate Roger Tomlinson Prize for Excellence in GIS for activities including co-founding the community mapping club, collaborating with faculty members, and interning at the Center for Spatial Studies.

Graduate Prize: Jonah Lay (MGIS, '19)

Jonah was awarded the graduate Roger Tomlinson Prize for Excellence in GIS for spatial research conducted with Chemistry Professor Rebecca Lyons on “Evaluating the Presence of the Endocrine Disruptor 4-Nonylphenol in California Glaciers”. “The presence of 4-nonylphenol (4NP) in pesticides used in agriculture has led to its accumulation in California glaciers through onshore wind deposition. As an endocrine disruptor, 4NP poses a threat to human health because it can interrupt and alter physiological processes such as human development and metabolism, and lead to ovarian and prostate cancer at higher concentrations. To evaluate the mass of 4NP in the glacier, GIS analysis is conducted with considerations of wind direction, topographic features, and 4NP concentrations throughout the glacial space.”

2017-2018

Undergraduate Prize: Elamar Hienrich (EVST ’18)

Elamar, an environmental studies student with minors in Spatial Studies and Human & Animal Studies won the undergraduate Roger Tomlinson Prize for Excellence in GIS for activities including Esri intern, Esri campus ambassador, Secretary of the University’s GIS club, student assistant at the Developer’s Summit. Research included habitat fragmentation of African Elephants for her Senior Capstone and calculating the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index for a meadow ecosystem in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Graduate Prize: Blythe Spendlove (MSGIS ’18)

Blythe was awarded the graduate Roger Tomlinson Prize for Excellence in GIS for spatial research on “Automation Wetland Prioritization Analysis using GIS”. This project provided a way for employees from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to visualize wetland priorities of different stakeholders when designating wetlands of international importance. A prioritization analysis for wetlands in California was automated into a collection of ModelBuilder tools and scripts and embedded into a web application. With the analysis process thus simplified, decision-makers can easily re-do the prioritization analysis with different weights for the various factors in the analysis and compare the results.

2016-2017

Graduate Prize: Mark Gilbert (MSGIS ’16)

Mark was awarded the graduate Roger Tomlinson Prize for Excellence in GIS for spatial research on “Film and Television Location Scouting: An Online Location Library” for Coachella Valley to provide scouting services to identify suitable production locations such as architecture and landscapes.

Graduate Prize: Brittany Miller (MSGIS ’16)

Brittany was awarded the graduate Roger Tomlinson Prize for Excellence in GIS for spatial research on “Cartographic Representation and Three-Dimensional Modeling of Hopi Archaeological Sites,” is a GIS solution for a real-world problem of improving the archaeological efforts on the Hopi Reservation.