Mike Hyslop

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Mike Hyslop

Senior Academic Consultant/Lecturer, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

  • MA, Geography, Michigan State University
  • BS, Geography, Michigan State University
"A good map tells a multitude of little white lies; it suppresses truth to help the user see what needs to be seen. ...the value of a map depends on how well its content reflects a chosen aspect of reality." —Mark Monmonier

Geographic Information Systems

Spatial information has become a key tool for natural resource professionals. I am interested in the use of spatial technologies—GPS and GIS—and their utility in managing ever-growing amounts of data and solving resource use questions. In teaching spatial tools to others, I try to ensure my students understand the theory behind the technology so they can use it correctly, and also to instill the practical aspects and limitations of its use so they can make better decisions and communicate their results effectively to others.

I am currently studying the spatial trends of outlier populations of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) in Michigan. My past research has involved GIS applications in National Parks in the Great Lakes region, water supply protection, watershed analysis, wildlife habitat delineation, and modeling forest resources, invasive species and insects. My projects are not limited to plants and animals: I produce a set of maps annually to help better understand the demographics of Michigan Tech students and alumni.

I teach two classes as part of Integrated Field Practicum (IFP, better known as Fall Camp) each year, Land Measurements and GPS (LM-GPS), and Geomorphology, Landscapes and Ecosystems (GeoVeg). I often teach Intro to GIS (FW3540) during spring semester.

Recent Publications

  • Auer, M.T., Auer, N.A., Barkdoll, B.B., Bornhorst, T.J., Brooks, C., Dempsey, D., Doskey, P.V., Green, S.A., Hyslop, M.D., Kerfoot, W.K., Mayer, A.S., Perlinger, J.A., Shuchman, R., Urban, N.R. and Watkins, Jr., D.W. 2012. The Great Lakes: Foundations of Physics, Hydrology, Water Chemistry, and Biodiversity. In, J. Schnoor (ed.), Water Quality and Sustainability, Elsevier Publishers, London.
  • Auer, M.T., Auer, N.A., Barkdoll, B.B., Bornhorst, T.J., Brooks, C., Dempsey, D., Doskey, P.V., Green, S.A., Hyslop, M.D., Kerfoot, W.K., Mayer, A.S., Perlinger, J.A., Shuchman, R., Urban, N.R. and Watkins, Jr., D.W. 2012. The Great Lakes: Nutrients, Sediments, Persistent Pollutants, and Policy Perspectives for a Sustainable Future. In, J. Schnoor (ed.), Water Quality and Sustainability, Elsevier Publishers, London.
  • Hyslop, M.D., A.J. Storer, S. Brodeur-Campbell and J. Metzger. 2009. Michigan Ash Monitoring Plot System Upper Peninsula Plot Atlas. School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.
  • Storer, A.J., M.D. Hyslop, N.D. Windmuller, J.C. Witter, J. Stoyenoff . 2009. Southeastern Michigan Recreation Site Ash Survey Maps. School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.
  • Hyslop, M.D., A.J. Storer and J. Oisten. 2009. Upper Peninsula Recreation Site Ash Survey Maps. School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.
  • Storer A.J., M.F. Jurgensen, A.C. Risch, J. Delisle and M.D. Hyslop. 2008. The fate of an intentional introduction of Formica lugubris to North America from Europe. Journal of Applied Entomology 2008 132:4 276.
  • Risch, A.C., M.F. Jurgensen, A.J. Storer, M.D. Hyslop and M. Schutz. 2008. Abundance and distribution of organic mound-building ants of the Formica rufa-group in Yellowstone National Park. Journal of Applied Entomology 2008 132:4 326.
  • Froese, R.E., M.D. Hyslop, C.A. Miller, B. Garmon, H. McDiarmid, Jr., A. Shaw, L. Leefers, M. Lorenzo, S. Brown and M. Shy. 2007. Large-tract Forestland Ownership Change: Land Use, Conservation, and Prosperity in Michigans Upper Peninsula. National Wildlife Federation, Ann Arbor, MI.