Past Students

Past students who made the HGIS Lab their home

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Arya Adityan MA

Arya Adityan (Society and Culture, IIT Gandhinagar) pursued an undergraduate degree from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore in the Humanities and Social Sciences and is currently pursuing Masters in Society and Culture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Her research interests lies in South Asian studies. She loves traveling and is an avid follower of tennis.


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Tyla Betke MA

My thesis focuses on the history of the transnational mobility of Indigenous peoples in the Alberta-Saskatchewan-Montana region. Utilizing Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) software with statistical data compiled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and local newspaper accounts, I will visually trace the cross-border movement of Chippewa-Cree (Ne Hiyawak) individuals. My work will also reveal larger trends regarding the application of state power over Indigenous lives, and highlight the ways in which Chippewa-Cree communities navigated federal systems that simplified notions of land, citizenship, and belonging.


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Danika Bonham MA

Danika entered the Masters program at the University of Saskatchewan in the Fall of 2016. She previously worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the HGIS lab while completing the last year of her Honours degree in history. Her Masters research will focus on the nutritional history of the Northeast of England during the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries.


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Meagan Breault BA

Meagan is currently working on her B.A. in History at the University of Saskatchewan, in addition to working as an undergraduate research assistant. After obtaining her degree, Meagan plans to pursue graduate studies in World War II and Genocide Studies.


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Patrick Chasse PhD

Patrick is a Ph.D. candidate studying environmental history in Guatemala. He graduated with an M.A. in history from the University of Victoria in 2007. He documented the short-lived Scottish colony established in the Darien Gap between Panama and Columbia at the turn of the 18th century. This project was his first exploration of themes that continue to guide his work, including environment, ideas about food, and indigenous issues in Latin America. In 2008, Patrick travelled to Guatemala as a CIDA intern. He lived in remote a Kaqchikel community, teaching History and English and harvesting corn and tomatoes in his spare time. In 2010, he spent several months learning about organic coffee production from the CCDA, an indigenous-campesino group advocating for sustainable agriculture. Patrick began his Ph.D. in 2010. His dissertation explores the environmental and social consequences of the industrialization of agriculture in Guatemala. His case study is the Pacific Coast cotton boom, 1949-1980. He is using historical GIS techniques, maps and records from the agrarian reform (1952-1954) and census data to reconstruct land use and displacement in this understudied region. He is a member of the Sustainable Farming Systems (SFS) project based at the University of Saskatchewan. In May 2014 Patrick will be undertaking a research sojourn to work with SFS partners at Pablo de Olavide University in Sevilla.


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Himanshu Chuahan BA

Himanshu Chuahan (Chemical Engineering, IIT Gandhinagar) is an undergraduate student at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. Himanshu's work on the Building Borders Project focused on digital mapping and utilizing Optical Character Recognition to enhance existing data entry approaches.


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Jessica Dewitt PhD

Jessica graduated from the University of Rochester with her M.A. in History in May 2011. Jessica’s Masters Thesis is entitled “A Convergence of Recreational and Conservation Ideals: The Cook Forest State Park Campaign, 1910-1928,” and discusses the connection of the Cook Forest campaign to national conservation and state park trends. Jessica began the PhD program in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan in September 2011. She passed her comprehensive exams in October 2012. She is currently working on her dissertation, a comparative study of provincial and state parks, which defines the unique role that these park “middlemen” play in North American society. Jessica is learning GIS methods as a research assistant in the HGIS Lab. She works on contract mapping, historical map digitizing, GIS quality control and other lab projects. She is also the webmaster and communication director for the lab and the Sustainable Farm Systems project.


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Andrew Dunlop PhD

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.


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Alice Glaze MA

Alice successfully defended her M.A. thesis, entitled “Women Before the Kirk: Godly Discipline in Canongate [Scotland], 1640-1650,” in 2009. 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.


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John Gow PhD

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.


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Tenille Holm BA

Tenille Holm is currently working on her BA in History with a minor in English and a German recognition. Over the summer she is working as an undergrad research assistant in the HGIS lab. After she graduates she intends to pursue an MA in Archival Studies.


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Erin Isaac BA

Erin Isaac completed her B.A. with Honours in History from the University of Saskatchewan. She is beginning a Master’s degree at the University of New Brunswick beginning in the fall of 2018. Erin worked on the Building Borders project over the summer of 2017.


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Anne Janhunen PhD

Anne graduated with a M.A. from the University of Oulu, Finland in 2012, where she specialized in intercultural education and history. Her thesis examined representations of land, treaties, and settlement in Canadian history textbooks. Having passed her Ph.D. comprehensive exams in October 2013, she is now working on her dissertation, which focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century land use in Ontario as it relates to Indigenous communities. Using case studies focused on logging, agriculture, and park creation, her dissertation explores the ways in which Indigenous individuals and communities have drawn on, and adjusted, practices and livelihoods as a result of government- and industry-driven changes in land use, both on reserve and within broader ancestral territories. In the Historical GIS Lab, Anne works on digitizing historical maps and contract mapping.


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Steven Langlois MA

My research will explore how the Canadian uranium industry was created to fuel American nuclear weapons production, and what that weapons production looked like. My thesis will argue that the American nuclear weapons program formed a transnational supply chain stretching from uranium mines in northern Saskatchewan to testing sites in the South Pacific.


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Elise Lehmann BA

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.


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Katherine McPhee BA

Katherine McPhee is currently in her final year of an History Honours degree as well as working as an undergrad research assistant at the HGIS lab. She enjoys​ studying late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century British medical and social history. After completing her degree, Katherine aims to pursue a Masters degree in history.


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Louis Reed-Wood BA

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.


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Michael St. Louis MSc

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.


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Matt Todd MA

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.


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Gina Trapp BA

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 (History and Political Studies).


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Cheryl Troupe PhD

Cheryl completed her M.A. in Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She hired the Historical GIS Lab to design and prepare several maps for her thesis, entitled “Métis Women: Social Structure, Urbanization and Political Activism, 1850-1980.” Click here for an abstract. She began the Ph.D. program in History in 2012, exploring Métis women’s “road allowance” gardening in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Cheryl successfully passed her Comprehensive Exams in October 2013.


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Justin Voogel MA

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.


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Kevin Winterhalt BA

Kevin is currently working on his BA in History at the University of Saskatchewan as well as working as undergraduate research assistant at the HGIS Lab. Upon completion of his BA, Kevin aims to pursue a Ph.D. in American History at a cold climate grad school in the United States.