Undergraduate Research Projects

GEOG*4480 Applied Geomatics 2023 Projects

GEOG*4480 is the department’s capstone course in Geomatics, providing 4th year undergraduate students with an opportunity to design and implement projects using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing data and spatial analytical methods. In the Winter 2023 semester, GEOG*4480 students took on projects addressing problems including wildlife habitat, urban and infrastructure development, deforestation and land use change.

This course would not have been possible without the outstanding support of the two teaching assistants, Jacob Mardian and Yannan Wang, who regularly met with students to assist them with all aspects of their project, from the research proposal to the final reports. Adam Bonnycastle, the Department’s Geomatics Specialist, also provided regular support by providing technical advice to myself, the TA’s and the students. Shannon Thibodeau from Student Engagement and Leadership and Quin Shirk-Luckett from the Data Resource Centre at the University of Guelph provided additional training support throughout the course. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the excellent IT and web publishing support provided by Gihan Sooriyabandara and Marie Puddister.

I would like to commend all our students for their impressive work on these projects. I am proud of the work our students accomplished this semester.

Ben DeVries

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics


"" Using Multiple Criteria Evaluation to Assess the Suitability, Location and Course of a Formula One Track in Grand Casablanca, Morocco

Marina Coric | Jacky Liang | Annaliese Schropp

"" Moose (Alces alces) Habitat Suitability Modelling in Northern Ontario

Nicolas Canham | Garrett Holmes | Madelyn Wensley

"" A Multi-Criteria Evaluation to Determine Habitat Suitability of Estern Hemlock in Ontario

Samantha Mair | Emily Schwartzentruber | Megan Whalen

"" FIFA World Cup Stadium Suitabiity in the Montreal Metropolitan Area

Jack Walsh | Connor Hanswyk | Jason Lee

"" Assessing the Potential Impact of Bill 23 on Blanding's Turtle Habitat in Southern Ontario

Shanze Yoell | Gwendolyn Park

"" Using Multi Criteria Evaluation and Machine Learning to Model Seasonal Ranges of the Bathurst Caribou Herd

Maciej Lizak | Bryce Vanzant, Christopher Giovino

"" Identifying the Potential Extent of Invasive Phragmites in a Subsection of Norfolk County using Multi Criteria Evaluation

Briar Mac Sween | Yuuki Matsui

"" Assessing Vulnerability in Remaining Old Growth Tree Stands on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Through a Logistic Regression Model

Adam Kelly | Ethan Westbroek



The projects presented here were created by students at the University of Guelph as part of an undergraduate course in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics. The reports included here are not peer-reviewed and are not intended to reflect the aims, objectives or policies of any level of government or any external organizations referenced in these projects. While we strive to educate the students on making their files AODA compliant, they do not necessarily meet this compliancy standard.

Past student research projects Winter 2020, Winter 2021