Janet E. Mersey
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1984
Office: Hutt 237
Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Resource Assessment, Cartography.
Research Interests and Areas of Expertise
My research interests are in the general areas of Geographic Information Systems and cartography, and the application of this technology to land management and resource assessment. Current projects monitoring landscape diversity and change in the Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve, Mexico; modelling land use change and forest fragmentation along sections of the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, and assessing the spatial dimensions of land use conflict in the Tianmushan Biosphere Reserve, China. Other research initiatives focus more specifically upon map communication, graphic design, and cartographic symbolization. Recent completed work has evaluated the thematic mapping capabilities of PC-based GIS software and the development of guidelines to improve these capabilities, and the use of illustration software for enhancing GIS map output, and the use of the Internet in GIS instruction.
Current Research Projects
Past President of the Canadian Cartographic Association, and served on the Board of Directors for the North American Cartographic Information Society. Member of the Editor Board for the journal Cartographic Perspectives, and the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Cartographica.
Selected Recent Publications
Mersey, J.E., A.A. Millward, and L. Martinez-R. 2002. Realizing the potential of GIS in community-based management of protected areas. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. 9:208-222.
A.A. Millward and J.E. Mersey. 2001. Conservation strategies for effective land management of protected areas using an erosion prediction information system (EPIS). Journal of Environmental Management. 61:329-343.
A. Millward and J.E. Mersey. 1999. Adapting the RUSLE to model soil erosion in a mountainous tropical watershed. Catena.38:109-129.
Mersey, J.E. 1997. Life after lectures: the Internet as a resource for a senior undergraduate GIS course. Cartographic Perspectives, 26:38-45.
Mersey, J.E. 1996. Cartographic symbolization requirements by microcomputer-based Geographic Information Systems. Cartographic Design: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives. eds C. Wood and P. Keller (New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.,). 157-176.
B. Morber and J. Mersey. 1994. Thematic mapping with illustration software: Unravelling the mystery of graphic file formats. Cartographic Perspectives. 18:3-16.
Mersey, J.E. 1990. Colour and Thematic Map Design: The role of colour scheme and map complexity in choropleth map communication. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Cartographica Monograph. 41:182.
|Masters||Daly, Darren||Monitoring change within the coastal environment of southwest Tobago: Applications of remote sensing.|
|Masters||Scott, Steven||2009||Developing a method to identify the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer at Long Point Provincial Park using GIS.|
|Masters||Van Lingen, Steven||Geographic approaches to modelling biodiversity|
|Masters||Meyers, Robert K.||2006||Investigating the Influence of Land Cover and Environmental Temperature on the Incidence of West Nile Virus in Southern Ontario|
|Masters||Ferguson, James R.||2005||Modelling Biodiversity using the Genetic Algorithm for Rule - Set Prediction in the Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve|
|Masters||Tofflemire, Andrew||2005||The Assessment of Environmental Rehabilitation Practices in the Rio Laja Watershed, Mexico|