The presenter, Alaina Mallette, is a geographer and environmental scientist who specializes in geographic information systems. Upon invitation, she taught an introductory seminar on geographic information systems in Tatarbunary, Odesa Oblast, for the Tuzlivsky National Natural Park staff. Through this course, the participants became aware of new mapping opportunities for their park, including the creation of a dataset for their park boundary, which to their knowledge was never submitted with the original park documentation. The staff asked Ms. Mallette to map the park boundary using the list of original coordinates collected that are based on an out-of-date, soviet geodetic datum. The goal of this presentation is to discuss challenges to implementing mapping projects in national natural parks and the areas of opportunity for strategic planning using modern, open-source mapping technology and data.
Presentations will be conducted in English.
Ms. Mallette is currently teaching courses at the National University of Water and Environmental Engineering in Rivne. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Mexico Program. She worked with environmental agencies, organizations, and municipalities within the State of Puebla that were interested in improving their land-use planning processes. She led several technical trainings, including: conflict management and collaboration; participatory geographic information systems (GIS), and land-use planning. Ms. Mallette wrote a best management practices guide for land-use planning in the State of Puebla based on her observations and thematic content analysis of thirty-two interviews with contributions from her counterparts. Simultaneously, she taught GIS courses using Quantum GIS and other open-source geospatial technologies. She has also worked with the Community Geographer, Dr. Jonnell Robinson, at Syracuse University and led environmental education lessons in Syracuse, New York, and the Dominican Republic.