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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



Yichen Yang | Geospatial Consultant

I can help you with:

  • ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS for Desktop (aka ArcMap)
  • Geographic Data Processing Using MATLAB and Python
  • Google Earth Engine
  • Satellite Remote Sensing
  • Land Use Classification and Image Processing Using Machine Learning Technologies, and more...

Yichen is a 1st-year Ph.D. student at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE). His current research focus is the Urban Heat Island (UHI) issue and the relating physical mechanisms. He explored these scientific ideas with the assistance of Geographic Information System, Remote Sensing, Meteorological Observations, and Climate Models. He helped to develop a mobile measurement system to collect, visualize, and analyze the heat stress data with GPS information. On top of that, Yichen tutored the students in GIS workshops to help the new incoming students of YSE get exposure to GIS technology. Yichen is interested in leveraging the power of machine learning and deep network algorithms to generate novel scientific data, e.g., land use classification and image super-resolution. He is always enthusiastic to share his experience of applying GIS technology in computationally demanding tasks.

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.

Yiqun Ma | Geospatial Consultant

I can help you with:

  • ArcGIS Pro and Online
  • Geospatial Data Processing and Analysis Using R
  • GIS Integration to Projects & Research
  • Spatial Data Cleaning & Visualization
  • Spatial Data Sources, and more...

Yiqun is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) focusing on Environmental Health Sciences. As a member of the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, she is mainly working on the health impacts of meteorological factors and air pollution, but exposed to a wide range of topics, such as built environment, heavy metals, and mental health. Her dissertation focuses on the intersection of air pollution, meteorological factors, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Benefited from the high-resolution, geographically referenced exposure and health databases, she utilized Geographic Information System (GIS) technology in many aspects of her research, including data cleaning, formal analysis, model diagnosis and results, visualization, and sharing. In addition to her research, she has TF experience for both undergraduate- and graduate-level GIS courses. She is happy to help you learning GIS techniques and incorporating geospatial analysis in various study designs.

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. 

GIS Expertise