2014 Annual Meeting

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Join us for an evening of camaraderie as we celebrate another successful year in the ASPRS Western Great Lakes Region!

Thursday, February 6th, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Machine Shed Restaurant
Windmill Room
8515 Hudson Boulevard
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

$30 Members, $35 Non-members, $10 Students.


5:30 to 6:30 pm – Social

6:30 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm  – Welcome & Introductions (who you are, where you work, what you do)

7:20 pm – 2014 WGL Election Results

7:30 pm – Erik Olson & Nate Rathbun, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

“Ground Avian Radar and Acoustic Remote Sensing to map flight tracks 24/7 over the Great Lakes Coastal Zone”

Presentation (PDF, 4.6MB)

Erik Olson is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist specializing in GIS for the Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of his current projects are related to developing or managing data for threatened or endangered species. These include identifying suitable habitats for species, projecting likely impacts from habitat destruction or modification, and developing databases for storage and analysis of species data. Erik previously worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service orthorectifying imagery and creating mosaics, as well as doing GIS work for national wildlife refuges. He got started in GIS while working for the USDA on an invasive species eradication program, where he helped develop geospatial databases for tracking survey and prevention activities. He has a Masters in GIS from University of Minnesota (2010).

Nate Rathbun works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service studying bird and bat migration. As a researcher, he has worked with various types of birds across the country.  From burrowing owls in the desert of California to white-throated sparrows in the forests of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. His work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service includes operating the avian ground radar tracking trailers and acoustic sensors across the Great Lakes.  Nate graduated from Cornell University in 2007 and received a Masters in Biology from Indiana State University in 2010.

8:00 pm   – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tom Mace

“A Short History of NASA’s Airborne Remote Sensing Systems”

Presentation (PDF, 20.3MB)

Dr. Thomas H. Mace is currently the owner/operator of Mace Geospatial, LLC, a remote sensing and GIS consulting firm in Menasha, Wisconsin.  He holds MS (1976) and PhD(1980) degrees in Environmental Monitoring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Mace came to the NASA Dryden flight Research Center from the USEPA in 2000, retiring in 2012, and has held the positions of Director, Airborne Science Directorate, Acting Director, Test Systems Directorate, Liaison for Airborne Science, G-III/UAVSAR Project Manager, and Senior Science Advisor there.  At EPA, he held the positions of Branch Chief, Remote and Air Monitoring Branch, Special Assistant to the Director for Information and Resources Management for advanced scientific computing and geospatial data, and Special Assistant to the Director, National Exposure Monitoring Laboratory.  From 1996-2000, he chaired the Interagency Working Group on Data Management for Global Change. In private industry, he has held positions with Spectral Data Corporation as Chief of Photointerpretation for the Mexican Opium Poppy Surveillance Program and for Lockheed as Senior Scientist, Principal Scientist, Supervisor, Electronic Data Systems Laboratory, and Director, Remote Sensing Department at the EPA Environmental Monitoring Systems Laboratory at Las Vegas.  He is also a former USAF KC-135 pilot.  He has served the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing as Director of the Remote Sensing Applications Division and maintains active research interests in environmental applications of both satellite and aircraft-based remote sensing.

Dinner will be served family style: Tossed Salad, Smoked Beef Brisket, Classic Fried Chicken, Stuffed Pork Loin, Buttered Corn, and Mashed Potatoes with Gravy. A hot appetizer bar will be served during cocktail hour. Start off at the bar from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Overnight Accommodations

The Machine Shed is connected to the Holiday Inn & Suites for those who are coming out of town and wish to stay overnight.
Holiday Inn & Suites
8511 Hudson Boulevard
Lake Elmo, MN
(651) 714-8068