Located: Toronto, ON, Canada
Michael is currently a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Analysis, at Ryerson University. He specializes in advanced GIS techniques, such as multiple criteria decision analysis, as well as predictive modelling using multivariate statistics. Throughout his academic career, Michael has become a specialist with well known industry products such as ArcGIS, SPSS and MS Access. He also has a fondness for open-source software like QGIS, PostgreSQL and OpenOffice.
Bachelor of Arts Candidate — Geographic Analysis
Expected graduation — Spring 2013
Undergraduate Thesis — A Locally Weighted Human Influence Index for the Province of Ontario
Thesis Abstract: Mapping anthropogenic inﬂuence on the Earth’s surface has been a focus in GIS since the mid 1960’s, but it is only until recently that Sanderson et al (2002) published a study that completed this research on a global scale. However, similar to the studies previous to that, it fails to utilize respected multiple criteria decision analysis techniques. This research aims to replicate Sanderson and colleague’s study, albeit for the Province of Ontario, as well as apply best practise multiple criteria decision analysis techniques in the form of weighted linear combination. Further, we explore the application of a novel multiple criteria decision analysis technique, the local weighted linear combination. The results indicate that the local weighted linear combination reveals greater variability in inﬂuence values in areas that the original research claims to be only of high inﬂuence.
GIS: ArcInfo, MapInfo, QGIS and FME
Database and Statistics:Access & Excel, SQL/PostgreSQL/PostGIS, SPSS and R
Web Mapping: OpenLayers, Cloudmade/Leaflet, Tilemill/MapBox and Google Maps
Word Processing: Word, OpenOffice, Latex/LyX and Acrobat Pro
Operating Systems: OS X Lion and Windows 7
Professional Work Experience
GIS Analyst & Research Assistant — Department of Geography
July 2011 — Present
· Developing a MCDA web mapping application to explore the Human Influence Index using Mapserver, OpenLayers and jQuery.
· Practicing effective personal management of work tasks and duties, specifically on individual research projects and manuscript writing.
· Working towards academic journal publications and oral presentations, including a poster for the 2012 Geoide Global Geospatial Conference.
GIS Analyst — Wildland Research Institute — Internship
University of Leeds
May 2011 — July 2011
· Explored wind farm development on the Scottish Countryside using novel viewshed tools and re-engineered methods to capture locations of top low impact areas.
· Developed guidance for policy-making and wind farm development.
· Collaborated with multiple stakeholders, including John Muir Trust, Highland Council and the Scottish Government.
Technical Advisor and Mechanic — Service Department
Skiis and Biikes
Oct 2006 — Present
· Demonstrates effective analytical skills in solving novel tasks.
· Disseminates daily job duties and trains new staff members.
· Completes yearly certification to safely service ski and bicycle equipment.
Awards and Achievements
· Esri Canada GIS Scholarship (2012)
· Award of Merit for Outstanding Progress in the Program (2010/11)
· Skills Canada Ontario Games gold medal awardee in the GIS competition (2006)
Publications, Presentations and Invited Talks
· Carver, S., Markieta, M. (2012). No High Ground: visualising Scotland’s renewable energy landscapes using rapid viewshed assessment tools. (Eds.), Proceedings of the GIS Research UK 20-th Annual Conference (pp 115–123). Lancaster, UK: The University of Lancaster.
· Markieta, M. (2011). Visual Impact Assessment for Wind Farms in Scotland. Paper presented at Ryerson University: Department of Geography.
· Markieta, M. (2011). No High Ground: Mapping-out the Scottish Wind Farm Debate. Paper presented at the University of Leeds: Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy.
· Markieta, M. and Carver, S. (2011). No High Ground: mapping out the landscape and renewable energy conflict. UKHillwalking. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/8yu2b59
· Markieta, M. (2006). Geomatics in the K-12 curriculum. Project presented at the Toronto ESRI Regional User Conference.