The geospatial summer institute is an intensive five day workshop in which teachers from around Montana are immersed in geospatial technologies and explore regional geospatial datasets being used by practicing scientists from the University of Montana and/or a regional government office.
Below is a list of the research scientists who presented at the 2006 and 2007 summer institutes and their area of expertise:
Research Scientist Spatial Data______
1) Dick Hutto, Avian Science Center Avian Distribution Patterns
2) Jim Barber, USDA Forest Service Landscape Vegetation
3) Faith Ann Heinsch, NTSG Global Climate Change
4) Rachel Loehman, NTSG Disease Ecology
5) Bill Granath, UM Microbiology
6) Niels Maumenee, UM Flathead Biological Station Salmon Habitat Modeling
7) Bob Rumney, MT rancher Precision Agriculture
Each afternoon, GTEC teachers explore spatial data sets shared by the practicing scientists and look for connections to their curriculum. Learning communities comprised of project team leaders and teachers then create developmentally appropriate spatial data sets and curriculum that are aligned with state and national science standards. These curriculum modules are then implemented into participating teachers’ classrooms.