Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Canadian geese outside the Botany Wing of the BioSci building

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a research and education service of the Department of Biological Sciences, located at B418, in the Botany wing of the Biological Sciences Building.

Operating with equipment supplied by the Alberta Cooperative Conservation Research Unit (ACCRU), the GIS lab provides consultation, data management, and training.

What We Do

Research Consultation

  • Assist in project design/development
  • Programming
  • Recommend programs, techniques and analysis methods to assist with research objectives


  • Create maps and geo-visuals for lectures and labs
  • Publication-quality map figures
  • Guest lectures/seminars
  • Workshops and short courses — see calendar

Spatial Data and Software

  • Other GIS-related software
  • Liaison with the IT staff (e.g. networks and servers)
  • Management of spatial data and related resources

Contact — send an email to be added to the mailing list for our monthly GIS newsletter.

Phone: (780) 492-9397

Also see U of A’s GIS Day for information on other departments and our annual celebration of GIS across campus.