Cultural history research at the Preserve through a Geographic Information Science lens

We are excited to introduce Sarah Hood-Recant, our Geographic Information Science (GIS) Research Student for the Spring 2021 Semester!

Sarah is a senior at the University of Mary Washington, majoring in environmental geology, minoring in French, and working to obtain her GIS certificate. She discovered her love for the environment and geology during her first semester at UMW, while learning about our dynamic earth.

Sarah will be analyzing the Preserve’s landscape, looking for patterns between the cultural sites of our Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve, using a combination of geospatial analysis and remotes sensing techniques. She looks forward to studying environmental attributes of the Preserve (such as elevation, slope, aspect and distance to running water) hopefully uncovering some environmental factors that drove settlement to certain areas of the Preserve.

I will be mentoring Sarah through her research, helping her approach some of the complex geospatial problems that she will approach during her project. 

Cultural history research at the Preserve through a Geographic Information Science lens
Sarah pauses for a smile while in a mountaintop garden in France, overlooking the Mediterranean

As a student at Mary Washington, she has worked as an Orientation Leader, Coordinator, and a GIS assistant to her geology professor and classmates. Outside of class, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee with her friends, and singing in the acappella group, BellAcappella.

Sarah hopes to combine her passion for GIS and environmentalism into an exciting career after she graduates!

Help us in welcoming Sarah to the Preserve, and stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts to hear about her findings!

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