Mapping Plants

I find some of the problems attendant to mapping plant locations and distributions particualrly interesting. In order to think more about this, in 2009 I helped set up and coordinate the Continuing Arboretum Tree Survey (CATS) at the Lyon Arboretum in the back of Mānoa Valley.

In 2014 I landed the great job of mapping campus plants as the UH Mānoa "Horticultural Cartographer."

I've also working on a spatial analysis of the "Exceptional Trees" of O‘ahu, and was able to contribute some of the initial mapping work to the Outdoor Circle's Exceptional Tree Map.

Mapping the Pacific

Open Source Cartography

As part of an effort to increase the use of FOSS geospatial software at UH, I have written a step-by-step guide to Installing GRASS and QGIS on MacOSX, which links to the KyngChaos distributions of these applications. I have also created a sample grassdata archive, which can be used to import Hawai‘i data from the City & County of Honolulu (CCH), the State of Hawai‘i, the total stations we use for surveying; or from the excellent set of global data layers available from NaturalEarthData.

FOSS tools for mapping (more at the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)):

Material cartography

Freelance mapping

I also occassionally make maps for other projects and people. Most recently I have made a set of maps of Bengal for a paper by Reece Jones (Jones 2011). Please contact me if you are interested in having me map something!