GIS Day 2017

Date: Nov 15, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closest Parking: Parking Lot V10 or P13


The University of California, Riverside Library and campus partners will host several events in celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day.

This year, GIS Day will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Geography Awareness Week is from Nov. 12-18.

Cosponsoring the GIS Day events are the Center for Conservation Biology; the Departments of Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Psychology; Capital Asset Strategies; and UCR Extension.

GIS Day 2017 at UCR will feature talks by researchers and community members who will share how they use GIS to advance their work, including a presentation by the Center for Geospatial Sciences founding director Sergio Rey at 11:20 am on Nov. 15 in Orbach Science Library, Room 240.

Other activities include a drone demonstration (conditions permitting), a reception, and a poster display in both Orbach Science Library and Tomás Rivera Library from Nov. 13 through Nov. 17.

Poster Contest

A poster contest for students is another new feature of GIS Day this year. (Details on how to enter the poster contest are provided here. Abstracts are due by Nov. 1.)  Contest posters will be exhibited in the atrium of Orbach Science Library throughout the week, and the winners announced on the afternoon of Nov. 15.

While the poster contest is open only to students, the entire UC Riverside community is welcome to provide a poster for the separate displays in Orbach and Rivera. Posters that have been used or will be used at other events are acceptable. To submit a poster to the display, contact Janet Reyes ( or Margarita Yonezawa ( at the Orbach Science Library’s Map Collection, or call (951) 827-6423.

Overall Schedule - Wednesday, Nov. 15 (GIS Day)

9:00 am – 11:45 am: Speakers; Orbach 240

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Informational tables, Rivera Walkway

1:00 pm – 2:20 pm: Speakers; Rivera 140

1:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Poster contestants explain their posters; Orbach atrium

3:00 pm – 3:40 pm: Speakers; Orbach G73

4:00 pm: Poster contest winners announced; Orbach atrium

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Reception for participants; Orbach 240

Throughout the day: GIS related websites and activities; select computers in Orbach and Rivera

Morning Speaker Session: focus on Academic Uses of GIS

Orbach Science Library, Room 240

9:00 am

Welcome and Overview (Janet Reyes, Geospatial Information Librarian, UCR Library)

9:20 am

Linking environmental features to behavioral health in the CATSLife study: perceptions vs measured features (Chandra Reynolds, Professor of Psychology; Director, Biobehavioral Research Lab)

9:40 am

Using GIS-based models to forecast the impacts of climate change on southern California's biodiversity: outcomes, assumptions, and validation pitfalls. (Cameron Barrows, Associate Research Ecologist, Center for Conservation Biology)

10:00 am

Vegetation mapping and measure for research using small drones (Robert Johnson, Associate Specialist, Center for Conservation Biology)

10:20 am

Drone demonstration outside Webber Hall* (Robert Johnson, Associate Specialist, CCB and & Holly Andrews, PhD candidate, Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology)

*conditions permitting


11:00 am

Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District: Adjusting Riverside County Parcels  (Alma Hidalgo, GIS Supervisor Analyst, Riverside Co. Flood Control and Water Conservation Dist.)

11:20 am

Thinking Spatially (Sergio Rey, Professor of Public Policy; Director, Center for Geospatial Sciences)

Early Afternoon Speaker Session: focus on Practical Applications of GIS

Rivera Library, Room 140

1:00 pm

GIS/AutoCAD Integration (Karen Jordan, Senior Administrative Analyst, Capital Asset Strategies)

1:20 pm

The Redlands Passenger Rail Project (Sam Hiebert, GIS Analyst, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority)

1:40 pm

Utilizing GIS in crime analysis (Robert Balisi, Crime Analyst, Riverside Police Department, and Geness Acosta, Crime Analysis Intern, Riverside Police Department)

2:00 pm

The effect of neighborhood context on cognitive function in middle adulthood (Liz Munoz, Post Doctoral Scholar in the Biobehavioral Research Lab, Department of Psychology)

Mid Afternoon Speaker Session: GIS Careers and Education

Orbach Science Library, Room G73

3:00 pm

Careers at Esri (Patty Spurlock, Human Resources Manager, Esri)

3:20 pm

Upskill or Stand Still: Professional GIS Education at UCR Extension (Jennifer Campbell, Assistant to the Director, UCR Extension)