Great Lakes Research Center

GRF Personnel

Don Lafreniere

  • Associate Professor of Geography and GIS
  • Director, Geospatial Research Facility
  • Director, Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab (HESAL)

Research Interests

  • Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
  • Urban Environments and Population Health
  • Public Participatory GIS
  • Applications of GIS for Historical Research
  • Qualitative GIS
  • Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities
  • Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS
  • Demography and Historical Record Linkage
  • Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction
Ryan Williams, GISP

Ryan Williams, GISP

  • Assistant Director, Geospatial Research Facility

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Database Development
  • GIS Tool and Process Development
  • Integrating Web, GIS, Database and Analytics Tools

Daniel J. Lizzadro-McPherson

  • Geospatial Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

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    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geostatistical Analysis
    • Lake Superior Geology, Coastal Geomorphology, and Geoheritage
    • GPS, GIS Data Collector Applications, and Mapping Technologies
    • Web-based GIS Data Dissemination and Applications
    • Interdisciplinary GIS Project Management
Rose Hildebrandt

Rose C. Hildebrandt

  • GIS Analyst

Education

  • BS, Psychology, Michigan Technological University 

Research Interests

  • Historical Children's Health
  • Community Engagement
  • Historical GIS 
James Juip

James Juip

  • GIS Analyst
  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Advisor

Education

  • BS, Geology - Earth Science Education, Michigan Technological University 

Research Interests

  •  Industrial Heritage Interpretation
  • Community Based Heritage Management
  • GIS Applications for Heritage Interpretation
  • Great Lakes Mining History
  • Turn-of-the-Century Geologic and Survey Methods in the Great Lakes
Gary Spikberg

Gary Spikberg

  • GIS Analyst
  • MS Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Advisor

Education

  • BS, Computer Science, Michigan Technological University 

Research Interests

  • Heritage Interpretation
  • French Canadian Migration
  • Record Linkage
  • Virtual Reality
  • Deep Mapping
  • Historical GIS
Daniel Trepal

Daniel Trepal

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology - 2019

Education

    • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
    • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
    • BS, Anthropology and History, Cleveland State University

Research Interests

  • Industrial and Urban Archaeology
  • Historical GIS
  • Deindustrialization
  • Industrial Landscapes
  • The Archaeology of Brownfields
  • Spatial Analysis of Historical Industrial Pollutants
  • Big Data Approaches to Archaeology
  • Publicly-engaged Scholarship