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Geographic Information Systems at Yale: GIS Consultations

Geographic Information Systems at Yale University encompasses a range of spatial applications and services. GIS is used by many disciplines at Yale University.

GIS Consultations

Our GIS team includes a group of enthusiastic consultants who can work with you to integrate GIS into your various projects and learning activities. Some of the aspects that you can discuss during your consultation are:

  • GIS Support Services for all disciplines, assisting from individual research to long-term team project planning
  • Strategies to plan your spatiotemporal work ahead
  • An overview of the tools and techniques used to map raster and vector datasets, using both open source and Esri software
  • Complex spatiotemporal data analyses and modeling



Richa Mahtta | Geospatial Consultant

I can help you with:

  • ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS for Desktop (aka ArcMap)
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Spatial data preparation and analysis with R
  • Data discovery for GIS projects
  • Advising on career paths with GIS, and more...

Richa is a second-year Doctoral student at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE). Her current research focus is on the future of urbanization and cities. Her recent published work utilizing satellite remote sensing data and GIS focuses on the typologies of three-dimensional urban expansion across global cities and the factors driving this expansion. She has over ten years of research and consulting experience using geospatial and remote sensing methods in diverse environmental fields at varied spatial scales (urban, regional, and global). For instance, she conducted a first spatially disaggregated national-scale assessment of India’s solar power potential using geospatial tools and datasets. In a transport emissions related project, she conducted and supervised GPS-based surveys across a few Indian cities to capture the speeds of different vehicles in active and idle states. Currently, Richa is serving as a Teaching Fellow for a graduate course at YSE, “Modelling Geographic Space,” taught by Prof. Dana Tomlin.

She has an aptitude to approach unfamiliar research domains with the utmost scientific rigor and is always interested in using spatial datasets in these new domains. 

Reserve a GIS Consultation with Richa Mahtta

Collaboration: Yale Center for Earth Observation Consultant

Tarek Kandakji, Ph.D.

can help you with:

  • Remote Sensing foundations
  • ENVI and Google Earth Engine
  • Satellite Remote Sensing data acquisition, analysis, archiving, and reporting.
  • Drone data collection and operation
  • Satellite data access 
  • Image processing and classification
  • Indices derived from remote sensing data

Researcher with Ph.D. in Geosciences and demonstrated track record in conducting research in multi-disciplinary environments such as international NGOs and universities. Dr. Kandakji is currently a Remote Sensing Specialist and Manager of Yale Center for Earth Observation at Yale School of the Environment, Yale University. His areas of expertise include environmental science, earth science, ecology, atmosphere, air quality, water quality, geomorphology, hydrology, environmental health, land management, and land conservation. Strengths include remote sensing data acquisition and analysis (including drone data), geospatial analysis and modeling, GIS, and data analysis. An effective communicator with an extensive experience as a lecturer and mentor to diverse student populations. Author of multiple research papers. Dr. Kandakji is a licensed sUAV remote pilot by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Reserve a Remote Sensing Consultation with Tarek Kandakji, Ph.D.

Jacob Peters | Remote Sensing Consultant

I can help you with:

  • Google Earth Engine, ENVI, Agisoft, and ArcGIS Pro
  • Data sourcing, visualization, and management
  • Documentation, metadata, and technical writing
  • Incorporating GIS and Remote Sensing into your projects and research

Jacob is a PhD student at the Yale School of the Environment. His current research involves using remote sensing and field techniques to study interactions between forests and vines occupying the forest canopy.

Jacob has over five years of experience with ArcGIS software and using R for GIS. He has extensive experience in using ENVI, Agisoft, and Google Earth Engine for acquiring, processing, and analyzing satellite, aerial, and UAV imagery, processing and analyzing LiDAR and photogrammetry data, and working with various products derived from imagery.


Reserve a GIS Consultation with Jacob Peters

Collaboration: Yale School of Public Health Consultant

Jill Kelly, Ph.D.

I can help YSPH affiliates with:

  • ArcGIS Pro and other Esri products
  • QGIS, GeoDa
  • Geospatial Analysis Using Python
  • Spatial Statistical Analysis
  • Google Earth Engine
  • Satellite Remote Sensing
  • 3D Visualization and Cartography
  • Data Privacy Considerations, and more...

Dr. Kelly is a lecturer in GIS at the School of Public Health and a recent graduate of the School of the Environment. Jill has taught full-semester GIS courses at Harvard for four years and at Yale for two. She has designed and led workshops on QGIS, ModelBuilder, python, GIS for land use planning, and Google Earth Engine. She has experience with a wide diversity of datasets and GIS analysis, from boreal forest biomass to COVID-19 statistics, from nuclear waste storage to the public toilets of Australia. Her particular interests are the statistical effects of areal aggregation and GIS ethics. Jill also specializes in creative solutions to tricky technical problems. 

Reserve a Public Health GIS Consultation with Jill Kelly, Ph.D. (Fall & Spring semester)

Miriam Olivares, MSc, GISP | GIS Librarian

I can help you with:

  • GIS integration to projects/research
  • Design GIS workshop for a course syllabus
  • GIS project planning
  • Spatial data sources
  • GIS foundations
  • Esri software
  • Mapping tabular and spatial data
  • Geocoding sensitive data
  • GIS infrastructure
  • GIS careers, and more...

Miriam Olivares is the GIS Librarian at Yale University Library. With 20 years of geospatial experience, she coordinates GIS support services in higher education. At Yale, and previously at Texas A&M University, she connects experts and teaches and consults GIS, thus enabling others’ geospatial power to promote teaching and cutting-edge research. She was featured in the book Women and GIS: Mapping their Stories, has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, has participated in binational GIS panels, and collaborated in projects based in the United States, Mexico, Australia, Central America, and recently in Somalia. Her collaborations include interdisciplinary research concerning GIScience, crime analysis, natural hazards, marine conservation, and public health among other subjects. Miriam is a member of the board of directors of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. She co-founded and serves as the international chair for GIS LATAM' and is a fellow of the Yale Timothy Dwight College. She previously served as a member of the board of directors of New Haven-based Junta for Progressive Action and as co-chair of Yale Women in Tech.

Reserve a GIS Consultation with Miriam Olivares