Past Students

Past graduates of the HGIS Lab include

Andrew Dunlop


Andrew earned an M.Sc. in geography at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000, then taught a wide range of geography courses at the University of Manitoba before returning to Saskatoon for his doctoral program. Beginning in 2007, Andrew worked as a research assistant in the HGIS Lab and contributed significantly to the Great Plains Population and Environment Project. Andrew successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Progress, Crisis, and Stability: Making the Northwest Plains Agricultural Landscape,” in December 2014. His research involved digitizing historical aerial photographs of agricultural landscapes on either side of the Canada-U.S. border to trace land use change during the twentieth century. Andrew is now Director, Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Saskatchewan.

John Gow


John successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “Persistent Mirage: How the ‘Great American Desert’ Buries Great Plains Indian Environmental History,” in 2011. He used historical GIS methods to reconstruct in fine detail the routes of European and American explorers, travelers, and traders who crossed the central Great Plains before 1830.

Read an abstract by John here.

Alice Glaze


Alice successfully defended her M.A. thesis, entitled “Women Before the Kirk: Godly Discipline in Canongate [Scotland], 1640-1650,” in 2009. Click here for an abstract. After a stint as a professional historical researcher she began the Ph.D. program at the University of Guelph in 2012, where she plans to undertake a historical GIS analysis of early modern Scotland for her dissertation. While at the HGIS Lab Alice contributed to several projects, including Rethinking the Dust Bowl and the 1936-37 Wind Erosion Maps.

Read an abstract by Alice here.

Elise Lehmann


Elise was an undergraduate research assistant in the HGIS Lab and also worked in the Education Library on campus. Elise is now attending the University of Alberta and is working on a Master of Library and Information Studies.


Louis Reed-Wood


Louis worked as undergraduate research assistant at the HGIS Lab.  Louis is now working towards his Masters degree in History at the University of Calgary.

Michael St. Louis


Michael became an MSc in the department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics in the spring of 2013. He was previously the manager of the Canadian Rural Economy Research Lab (C-RERL) and an employee of GIServices – both at the University of Saskatchewan. He worked with the staff of the HGIS Lab from 2008 to 2014 helping with a variety of GIS projects and providing IT support. Michael worked extensively on the Breeding Bird Survey project and provided quality control for the 1936-37 Wind Erosion Maps. Michael is now employed by Map of Agriculture as a GIS and investment analyst in Banbury, England.

Matt Todd


Matt successfully defended his M.A. thesis, entitled “Now May Be Heard a Discouraging Word: The Impact of Climate Fluctuation on Texas Ranching in the 1880s,” in 2010. Click here for an abstract. He worked as a research assistant on a variety of HGIS Lab projects, including the 1936-37 Wind Erosion Maps, the Métis Traditional Land Use project, and Glacier Map digitizing.

Read an abstract by Matthew here.

Gina Trapp


Gina worked as a research assistant in the HGIS Lab during most of her undergraduate career, contributing to a variety of projects, including Rethinking the Dust Bowl, the 1936-37 Wind Erosion Maps, the Métis Traditional Land Use project, the Kansas Grassland Settlement project, and many others. Gina graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a double honours degree in 2012.

Justin Voogel


Justin worked in the lab during the second year of his M.A. program in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on the ways in which science and exploration were used during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in the development of Britain’s empire in the Pacific.