SEER Lab trains Ukrainian scientists in GIS

SEER Lab trains Ukrainian scientists in GIS

Through funding provided by the DTRA Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, SEER Lab is providing a 3-day workshop on spatial clustering and spatial analaysis to veterinarians with the Institute of Veterinary Medicine from Kyiv, Ukraine. Alassane Barro, PhD student in the Department of Geography and SEER Lab and Dr. Jason Blackburn, SEER Lab director, are teaching and coordinating the workshop. As part of the workshop, students are learning local spatial clustering statistics, such at the Getis Gi. In addition to three days in the GIS lab, participants have also had a field excursion to Cedar Key and Manatee Springs State Park, where they worked on identifying land use and land cover types related to our collaborative work in Ukraine and discussed common zoonotic threats in Florida, such as brucellosis in wild hogs. The Department of Geography has co-sponsored the workshop by providing access and usage of the student GIS teaching lab in Turlington Hall. IT support has been a collaborative effort through theEmering Pathogens Institute, Department of Geography, and the CLAS IT teams. Travel and logistical assistance were provided by Southern Research Institute and Black and Veatch.

For more information on GIS workshops and training activities, contact:

Dr. Jason Blackburn, 352-273-9374

Photo credits: bottom left (C) Gregory C. Glass, Ph.D. all others (C) Jason K. Blackburn, Ph.D.