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Stephen J. Tulowiecki

Assistant Professor of Geography
Bailey 229
585-245-6358
tulowiecki@geneseo.edu

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Steve is a GIScientist and biogeographer who studies forested ecosystems, with a focus on forests prior to European settlement in the Northeastern US  Steve's research examines the factors that shaped past geographic distributions of tree species, as well as methodological issues surrounding this area of inquiry (e.g. spatial representations of ecological phenomena, positional uncertainty in species data).  His research utilizes geospatial tools and quantitative methods, such as geographic information systems (GIS), predictive modeling, statistical computing, and programming.  Steve's research also utilizes – and studies the usefulness of – unconventional or "found" data sources, such as original land survey records of the 17th to 19th centuries CE.  His dissertation explored the impacts of Native American settlement upon tree species composition in Chautauqua County, New York (ca. 1800 CE).  Steve's teaching interests include GIS, environmental issues, and geospatial and statistical software.  Future research interests are in applying recent methods and paradigms in geographic study – such as information retrieval, text mining, and citizen science – to the pursuit of comprehending past forest conditions in the Northeast.

National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research

 

Classes

  • GEOG 188: R/Exp:Digital Earth
  • GEOG 291: Cartography-Lab

    his course introduces the theory and practice of mapmaking, including hands-on experience in the creation of thematic maps. Topics include collection and manipulation of geographic data, cartographic generalization, map projections, and the principles and elements of design used to produce effective maps. Prerequisites: One introductory course in geography or permission of instructor. Offered every year

  • GEOG 291: Cartography-Lec

    his course introduces the theory and practice of mapmaking, including hands-on experience in the creation of thematic maps. Topics include collection and manipulation of geographic data, cartographic generalization, map projections, and the principles and elements of design used to produce effective maps. Prerequisites: One introductory course in geography or permission of instructor. Offered every year

  • GEOG 385: Adv Geographic Info Sys (GIS)

    This course provides a detailed examination of conceptual issues presented in the introductory GIS class. It also involves additional material on data acquisition, data structures, spatial data standards and error analysis, spatial analysis operations, the effects of geographical information science on society, and GIS applications. Prerequisites: GEOG 286 or permission of instructor. Restricted to Geography Majors. Offered every year

  • GEOG 397: Teaching Practicum inGeography

    This course offers practical teaching experience in undergraduate Geography, as practicum students work closely with a supervising professor for a specified course in Geography. Responsibilities may include assisting in preparation and presentation of lectures and labs, holding office hours and review sessions with students, helping to prepare exams and assignments, and providing evaluative feedback to students. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor. Restricted to Geography majors. Offered by individual arrangement