Taylor is a Senior majoring in Environmental Geography with a Geospatial Certificate emphasis in GIS. She is currently a GIS intern at Eau Claire County gaining experience working on historical aerial imagery georeferencing, zoning maps, and heat maps using geocoded addresses. Taylor states “the internship has been a great experience not only learning more about working with GIS but working IN GIS. I’ve learned a lot about being in an office environment and what it is like to be a professional in the field.”
Taylor first heard of GIS by accident, taking a GIS course because it fit her major. “Peter Strand was my instructor and he held a class specifically talking just about jobs in the geospatial field which is when I realized that I could use GIS in environmental conservation or just work in GIS for a bit. It was after taking GIS I that I decided to pursue a certificate in GIS.”
Favorite map or GIS app? Taylor says she doesn’t have a specific favorite but loves to look for old maps in antique stores.
When she is not working or at school, Taylor enjoys hiking, swimming, board games, and reading. “I’m a huge nerd and love fantasy novels. Games are also my favorite thing and board games are underrated in my opinion.”
The WLIA 2019 Annual Conference will be Taylor’s second – she attended the 2018 Conference as a student volunteer and helped set up the map contest displays.
Look for Taylor at this year’s Annual to congratulate her for winning a WLIA Scholarship!
Founded in 1987, WLIA is a grassroots organization representing a collection of concerned professionals working to develop, maintain, and apply a network of statewide land information systems.
We are united by an interest in land records modernization, GIS, and related technologies, and by the need for government policies and programs that support their efficient and effective application.