Josie will graduate in May, 2020 with a major in Geography, minor in Environment, Society and Culture and a certificate in GIS-Mapping. She is also an undergraduate Research Assistant at UWEC, researching representation in Minnesota’s Official State Highway maps. Josie’s first exposure to GIS came during her UWEC coursework.
In the summer of 2019 Josie held an internship with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Maine. She spent a little over six weeks in the wilderness of Maine and New Hampshire in a canoe collecting GPS data and then spent the rest of the summer updating databases and creating maps for paddlers. Josie, “really enjoyed this opportunity to use the geospatial skills I learned in the classroom in a real-world position. It was satisfying to create projects and solve problems.”
The iPhone Gaia GPS application was used extensively in her internship and has become a favorite application. “The app really came in handy even when we didn’t have phone service for navigation and data collection. It was quite easy to share and upload points and tracks that we collected to QGIS to produce our maps. Since it is primarily an app to record and share hiking tracks, it was also handy for weekend adventures!”
When not in class or canoeing the Maine wilderness, Josie enjoys spending time with her dog, Ringo, going for walks and hikes in any and all weather, sewing and cooking.
Josie is looking forward to attending her first WLIA annual conference this year and getting to know the WLIA community. If you see Josie at the conference, be sure to introduce yourself and congratulate her for winning a WLIA Scholarship!