GIS in Science and Education: About Us

Many researchers and staff at The Field Museum use maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and remote sensing technology. This site was developed with help from the GIS Working Group which convenes monthly. This group is a broad mix of people, some with technical GIS and analysis backgrounds, some with vast biological or anthropological field experience, and others with deep knowledge of the museum's collections. By sharing our work, research ideas, data, and expertise within the group, we are working to advance our common goal to be at the front line of technological innovation and to reach a new level of scientific influence by leveraging our knowledge, expertise, and the museum's collections. Financial support for the development of this site came from members of the museum's Women's Board. Software and technical support has been provided by ESRI Conservation Program.

GIS Working Group Co-Leaders


Mark Johnston Geospatial Information Manager of Science Action
Erika Hasle Conservation Ecologist in Science Action


GIS Working Group Participants in 2013-2014


John Bates Associate Curator of Birds
Sean Bober Digital Imaging Specialist
Doug Bolender Researcher in Anthropology
Mark Bouman Chicago Region Program Director
Gracen Brilmyer Research Assistant in Insects
David Clarke Graduate Student in Zoology
Bethany Elkington Graduate Student in Botany
Josh Engel Research assistant in Birds
Ian Glasspool Head of Geological Collections,

Adjunct Curator and Paleobotany Collections Manager
Sharon Grant Technology Liaison to Science
Larry Heaney Curator of Mammals
Pete Herbst Web and Database Specialist
Janeen Jones Assistant Collections Manager in Invertebrates
Tony Lam Systems Administrator
Marc Lambruschi GIS Contractor in Science Action
Jon Markel GIS/Digital Media Coordinator
Bill Parkinson Associate Curator of Eurasian Anthropology
Alan Resetar Collection Manager in Amphibians and Reptiles
Sarah Santarelli Administrative Assistant in Science Action
Becky Seifried Graduate Research Assistant in Archaeology
Bill Stanley Head of Collections and Negaunee Collection Manager for Mammals
Margaret Thayer Associate Curator of Insects