Powdermill Nature Reserve

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory

At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, we recognize the importance of collaborative interdisciplinary research and we view  geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool that can connect many fields of research. In 2006, CMNH established the GIS Laboratory at Powdermill Nature Reserve to enhance and expand research capabilities for museum staff, research associates, and students. Research through the GIS laboratory focuses on the interface between conservation biology, environmental sciences, and geospatial technologies.

 In addition to housing comprehensive geodatasets of Powdermill and the region, the GIS lab is equipped with five computer workstations for use by staff and research associates. Each computer has ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2 Advanced software with Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, Network Analyst, Tracking Analyst, and Data Interoperability extensions. The lab has Garmin Montana 650 as well as Trimble GeoExplorer 6000 XT GPS units for use by staff and research associates.  If you are a museum staff member or research associate needing GIS training, consultation, or data, please contact the lab at GIS@carnegiemnh.org. Some services may require fees, which are determined on a case-by-case basis.  

We are actively seeking new research project proposals and ideas. If you are a graduate student looking for a place to do conservation research that requires geospatial analysis, please contact the GIS Lab at GIS@carnegiemnh.org. Funding may be available on a competitive basis.

Primary Goals

  • Provide geospatial research assistance and GIS software and hardware training and support for museum staff, research associates, and students.
  • Develop research initiatives and produce regional geodatasets in cooperation with local, state, and national organizations and governments.
  • Maintain a central repository for ecological and infrastructure geodatasets of Powdermill Nature Reserve and regionally significant geographic data.
  • Create and continually update maps for local and regional natural resource analysis and management.

Please visit maps.carnegiemnh.org for more information on GIS Lab projects.         


The GIS lab is located in the Powdermill Nature Reserve Nature Center.

1847 Route 381
Rector, PA 15677

Latitude: 40.160062
Longitude: -79.271937


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