Eileen Sylvan Johnson

Lecturer in Environmental Studies

Teaching this semester

DCS 2331/ENVS 2331. The Nature of Data: Introduction to Environmental Analysis

Examines emerging digital techniques in environmental management and analysis within government, academic and media sectors. Examines social science methods used in environmental inquiry including text analysis, spatial analysis, and social network analysis. Topics include collaborative resource management, leveraging the power of social networks, spatial analysis, social-ecological system management, the role of volunteered information and citizen science, and expanding capacities for adaptation and resilience. Labs as part of class time provide students exposure to standard software programs used in social science research including NVivo, ArcGIS, and Gephi and introduce the basics of R as a programming language for text analysis, spatial analysis, geotagging, and crowdsourcing.

DCS 2335/ENVS 2004. Understanding Place: GIS and Remote Sensing

Geographical information systems (GIS) organize and store spatial information for geographical presentation and analysis. They allow rapid development of high-quality maps, and enable powerful and sophisticated investigation of spatial patterns and interrelationships. Introduces concepts of cartography, database management, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. The productive use of GIS and Remote Sensing technology with an emphasis on the biophysical sciences and environmental management is investigated through a variety of applied exercises and problems culminating in a semester project that addresses a specific environmental application.

I teach courses that incorporate spatial analysis and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and remote sensing with a community based focus. I also oversee the ES program’s endowed summer fellowship program.


  • PhD, Ecology and Environmental Science, University of Maine; Orono, ME
  • MRP, Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
  • BS, Cornell University; Ithaca, NY