The Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR)

Nature of Research/Program Description: 
The Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR) is the central facility for spatially-focused research and training at the University of California, Santa Cruz. CISR is focused on integrating state-of-of-the-art spatial technology and methods (geographic information systems, global positioning systems, remote sensing, spatial modeling/statistics) with pressing interdisciplinary research and fostering cross-domain cooperation in the application of these tools. In order to advance this purpose, CISR is dedicated to promoting a diversity of research by increasing campus and community literacy in spatial methods and engaging in innovations in spatial science. 
CISR works with UCSC faculty and students and on projects with researchers from the conservation and education communities.  Research topics include Spatial Ecology of Marine Mammals, Birds, & Turtles; Terrestrial Predator Ecology & Conservation; Adaptation to Climate Change; Glacial Recession in the Tropical Andes and more.
Undergraduate research opportunities include assisting with projects requiring GIS and geospatial technology.
Keywords:  on-campus; GIS; geospatial; GPS; remote sensing; environmental modeling; Ecological modeling; all year; winter quarter; fall quarter; spring quarter; CISR
Contact: Barry Nickel
Targeted Students: 
Students who have taken ENVS 115 or an equivalent course in GIS. Students should be self-driven, self-sustaining, and detailed oriented. Basic PC literacy required, including knowledge of paths and file structure.
Program Time Period: 
Academic Year
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Fall Quarter
Academic Credit
Arranged through Environmental Studies Internship Program
Application Deadline: 
Contact the program for details.
Approximate Number of UCSC Students (Each Year): 
Year Began: 
Barry Nickel
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Computer Science
Earth Sciences
Ecology and Evolution
Environmental Studies
Marine Biology