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Stephen J. Tulowiecki

Associate 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 278: R/Statistics in Geography

    An introduction to statistical research methods in geography. This course covers classical and spatial statistics as applied to research in physical and human geography. Topics covered include description, inference, significance, and prediction based on samples drawn from geographic data. (Students may not receive credit for more than one 200-level statistics course, including credit for more than one of the following courses: ECON 205, GEOG 278, MATH 242, PLSC 251, PSYC 250, and SOCL 211.) Prerequisites: GEOG 102 or GEOG 111 and GEOG 112 or GEOG 123 or permission of instructor. Offered every year

  • GEOG 286: Intro Geographic Info Sys-Lab

    This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping and basic spatial analysis. It examines fundamental concepts of spatial relationships, spatial data representation, geographic data models, spatial data acquisition, spatial analysis, and map design. Laboratory exercises emphasize hands-on applications on a variety of topics that require students to perform common GIS tasks and design and produce professional quality maps.

  • GEOG 286: Intro Geographic Info Sys-Lec

    This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping and basic spatial analysis. It examines fundamental concepts of spatial relationships, spatial data representation, geographic data models, spatial data acquisition, spatial analysis, and map design. Laboratory exercises emphasize hands-on applications on a variety of topics that require students to perform common GIS tasks and design and produce professional quality maps.