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Department of Earth Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

Kristen MacFarlane

Kristen MacFarlaneCurrent location

  • Bronx, NY

Date of Graduation from Lehman

  • May 2015

Type of degree/major/specialization/certificate: Masters GISc

Subsequent degrees earned or in progress


Title of MS-GISc capstone project

“Identifying locations in the Bronx for urban community gardens in an effort to reduce crime rates”

Positions held since graduating

High School Programs Coordinator at Wave Hill (May 2015 - present); GIS Analyst with NYC Parks Department for the TreesCount project (November 2015 - present)

Type of work you do there

Wave Hill: Coordinating two high school internship programs; organizing weekly off-site field trips to natural areas;facilitating a summer GIS course for high school students; teaching data collection and analysis basics; leading high school groups on woodland tours

NYC Parks: Performing quality assurance and edits on incoming Tree Census data; integrating the census data into NYC Parks’ Forestry Management system; making maps and other visualizations for outreach, communication, and reporting.

Specific accomplishments of which you are most proud

Currently, we are working on designing some interesting GIS labs for high school students, and I’m really proud of being able to share such an exciting field with young people!

Geography or GISc activities and/or accomplishments, awards, internships, publications

 Recently elected to the Board of Directors of GISMO for a two-year term

Overall assessment of how Lehman’s EEGS Program prepared you for your current life

 I was trying to learn GIS on my own, but the GIS program at Lehman really pushed me to learn so much more! I especially liked the SQL course with Jen Brisbane and the cartography course with Gretchen Culp. They showed a different side to the field and were always really interesting.

Comments on the EEGS Dept Program you were enrolled in

The GIS program was great - the size made it really easy to get to know everyone in your department, so it felt really welcoming.

What else have you been up to?

Brushing up on my Python, since I missed out on the course, and I heard fantastic things about it!