Students Take Top Awards at Local Geographic Information System Conference

four women taking a casual group photo
(l-r) are Brooke Rose, Emily Cerrito, Erica Carcelén, and Maraia Tremarelli

Maraia Tremarelli, a senior environmental science major, recently won the Memphis Area Geographic Information Council (MAGIC) annual scholarship. She and three other Rhodes students competed for the scholarship by presenting research talks at the organization’s 15th annual conference held Nov. 12-13 at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. MAGIC is a consortium of geographic information system (GIS) professionals spanning the public, private, and governmental business sectors.

Also at the conference, Rhodes students Sarah Laves and Ellery Ammons won first place, and Brooke Rose won third place in the poster “map contest.” 

Here are all the conference participants and their presentation titles:

Student Research Talks for the Scholarship Competition
Maraia Tremarelli: “Memphis: GIS Analysis of Health, Accessibility and Wealth”
Brooke Rose: “Where the Wild Hippos Are: A GIS Analysis of the Common Hippo’s Geographic Range”
Erica Carcelén: “Analyzing Changes in Captive Meerkat Social Dynamics Using GIS Analysis of Exhibit Use”
Emily Cerrito: “The Past, Present, and Future of Overton Park’s Old Growth Forest”

Student Research Posters 
Sarah Laves and Ellery Ammons: “Food for the Soul: An In-Depth GIS Study of Food Access in Memphis”
Brooke Rose: “Cat Napping: Spatial Analysis of the Memphis Zoo’s Fishing Cats’ Rest and Sleep Behaviors”
Grace Evanko: “How Wild Is the Wilderness Along the AT?”
Mariko Krause and Sydney Sepúlveda: “Assessing Diversity in the Crosstown Neighborhood: 1980 – 2010”
Luke Malanchuk and Michelle Chiles: “Memphis Library Outreach Programs”

Prof. Sarah Boyle served as faculty advisor for the conference.