Completed Projects



Estimating Shoreline Length of National Wildlife Refuges: Working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Centroid interns adapted and further developed methodologies to estimate the length of shorelines for over 180 National Wildlife Refuges.

Interns: Natalie Vogel, Julia Ledford, Liam McKee, Arian Brazenwood




Brightfields: Working with Assistant Professor Scott Carman (Landscape Architecture), Centroid interns compiled spatial data to populate a web mapping application that identifies blighted or contaminated areas within Colorado that are suitable for renewable energy development. Link to Brightfields.

Interns: Luke Chamberlain, Tom Hickey, Josh Reyling


Food Access Fort Collins

Food Access in Fort Collins: Supporting the work of local non-profit agencies through the Bohemian Foundation, the Centroid developed a web mapping application to provide detailed information about food distribution sites in relationship to populations in need during the early stages of the COVID pandemic (Spring 2020).

Intern: Caroline Norris



Prisons and Agriculture: This pilot project for researchers in the CSU Sociology Department seeks to verify agricultural activities associated with prisons in the U.S. Existing data from a variety of sources is being compared with satellite/aerial imagery to determine the context of agricultural land use as well as census-derived socio-demographic data. (Project is continuing with the development of a web mapping application and story map.)

Interns: Caroline Norris, Luke Chamberlain, Joshua Reyling, Kristin Karashinski


Secondary CitiesSecondary Cities:  Secondary Cities (2C) is a project of the US Department of State. Over four years, students at CSU and interns at the Centroid supported 2C with data management, technical support, spatial analysis, and training.

Secondary Cities 


Mapillary Logo and GridMapillary:  Mapillary provides street-level imagery and map data from all over the world. Centroid interns worked with Muthu Sampath on a pilot research project to evaluate the accuracy of images.




Weld County AgrivoltaicsAgrivoltaics: Sandbox Solar, a Fort Collins solar energy company, is developing and testing solar panels that can be incorporated into existing agricultural lands for energy production. Centroid interns developed a GIS project to determine the market within five Colorado counties.

Sandbox Solar 



Civil War Gunboats


Publishable Maps for History Professors:  Centroid interns developed publication-quality map products for three history professors during Fall 2019.

CSU History Department 

Other past projects:

  • Watershed Data Hub: organize and publish multiple spatial data layers for four watersheds in the West
  • Lead Exposure in Milwaukee/Racine: prepare spatial data for use in modeling and prediction using AI and machine learning
  • Calculating distances between house sale locations and park boundaries and other features
  • Mapping survey responses regarding CSU Extension services to native/indigenous populations
  • Estimating seagrass coverage using drone imagery, Kalamos, Greece
  • 3-D geologic mapping of Owl Canyon for use as a teaching resource
  • Semester at Sea: Faculty support for map development and spatial thinking
  • National Park Service: Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Digitizing legacy vegetation maps
  • National Park Service – Land Resources Division: depicting land ownership, uses and legal boundaries
  • Rio Grande River Basin: Compiling spatial database for watershed
  • National Western Center: Assessing availability of spatial data and compiling assets
  • Bohemian Foundation: Community Indicators Catalog and data review
  • HICAHS: Mapping results of agricultural safety trainings in three western states
  • GIS in Health: Aligning census data with field observation data; distance to trauma centers in CO
  • Shambhala Mountain Center: Creating geodatabase of existing data
  • McKee Medical Center Foundation: Interactive web map of memorials
  • The Nature Conservancy – Global Lands Team; oil/gas distribution; Rwanda gorillas/poaching
  • 3D printing/GIS layers: 3D landscapes and projected GIS layers for CSU Mountain Campus
  • Everitt Real Estate Center: forecast maps; sales in 3-county region; development forecasts
  • CSU Affordable Housing Task Force: spatial analysis on housing cost vs salaries for CSU employees
  • Civil War gunboats: spatial analysis of gunboat activity based on official record
  • Crime mapping; data processing and mapping of crime statistics on reservation
  • College of Agriculture: mapping student retention
  • CEMML: assistance with online mapping of vegetation plots