Geomatics Research Team


Dr. Tim Webster
Dr. Tim Webster

Research Scientist

Tim has been a research scientist with NSCC’s Applied Research Group since 2000. He has an MSc from Acadia University and a PhD from Dalhousie University. The 2010 recipient of the Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award previously worked in the private sector for a GIS software developer in Ottawa before becoming a faculty member in remote sensing and GIS at NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS).

Tim is the principal investigator on a Canada Foundation for Innovation award to purchase bathymetric lidar and other related equipment. This technology can be used in several areas including coastal zone management, river and coastal flood risk, erosion and land stability studies. In addition to his research, Tim supervises courses and students at COGS. He also co-supervises graduate students in the Acadia–NSCC joint MSc program in Applied Geomatics.

Tim’s focus includes lidar and other high-resolution remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques for mapping, monitoring and modeling processes in the coastal zone, with an emphasis on flood risk and erosion. Tim will continue to expand his research efforts in the area of climate change and flood risk, focusing on coastal communities located on major river systems where the threat of heavy-rainfall runoff events can combine with higher sea levels of storm-surge events that compound the flood-risk issues. He’s also interested in expanding into the application of mobile mapping technology.

Kate Collins
Kate Collins

Research Associate

Kate has been a Research Associate with AGRG since 2011, and specializes in coastal applications including bathymetric lidar data, eelgrass distribution, aquaculture, and hydrodynamic modelling. Kate has an MSc in Physical Oceanography from UBC and works with various data types in all stages, from field acquisition, to processing and analysis, modelling, visual representation, final report preparation and publication of results.

Nathan Crowell
Nathan Crowell

Research Associate

Nathan Crowell is a Research Associate who has been with AGRG since 2009. Nathan has an MSc in Applied Geomatics from Acadia University, an advanced diploma in Remote Sensing from NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences, and a BSc in Biology from Acadia University. He specializes in lidar and multibeam sonar data collection and hydrodynamic modelling to support ecosystem and flood-risk management.

Alicia Daniel
Alicia Daniel

Research Associate

Alicia has been a Research Associate with AGRG since 2016. She has an MSc in Applied Geomatics from Acadia University, an Advanced Diploma in GIS from NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences and a BSc in Environmental Science from Mount Allison University. Alicia has experience in spatial/statistical analysis, imagery interpretation, map/presentation construction, model builder, and project processes (forming hypothesis, collecting data, analyzing data, and forming a conclusion). She has also completed a project predicting salt marsh migration in PEI based on sea level rise.  Alicia’s current work involves intensity normalization, determining vertical datum issues, and assisting fellow research associates with their projects.

Natasha Fee
Natasha Fee

Casual Research Associate

Natasha Fee is in her final year of the joint MSc. in Applied Geomatics at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (NSCC) and Acadia University. As part of the Applied Geomatics Research Group’s Coastal Research team, her primary focus is on applying cutting-edge remote sensing technologies to shoreline mapping for oil spill contingency planning. Natasha holds an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Sciences (Remote Sensing) from the Centre of Geographic Sciences as well as a BA in Geomatics and Spatial Analysis from the University of Ottawa.

Bill Livingstone
Bill Livingstone

Project Manager

Bill Livingstone is a Research Project Manager at NSCC’s AGRG and has many years of project management experience participating in and directing large and small research projects in both academic and private sector environments. He also has experience utilizing remote sensing technologies and has been involved in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research for the past few years.  Bill’s other research interest involves the use of location based technologies to assist Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in developing competitive advantages through spatial analytics. 

Bill’s education includes a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Acadia University, a B.Eng. in Industrial Engineering from TUNS (now part of Dalhousie University) and a M. A. Sc. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.  He later completed the Advanced Diploma program in Business GIS at the College of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown.

Candace MacDonald
Candace MacDonald

Research Associate

Candace has been part of AGRG’s Coastal Research Team since 2010. Candace’s responsibilities include multispectral satellite and aerial imagery interpretation and analysis; survey grade GPS mission planning, execution, and post-processing; and lidar acquisition, post-processing and analysis for widely varied purposes such as flood risk mapping, seaweed mapping, and detection of forgotten archaeological features. Candace is an expert in complex raster and spatial GIS analysis, and uses the remotely acquired data she and other members of the Coastal Research Team collect using a wide range of high-tech equipment such as a shallow water bathymetric lidar system, a 3D mobile mapping lidar unit, a multibeam echosounder, and several drones for multispectral aerial photography. Candace is an expert in the construction of maps and other visual products, and regularly presents project results at well-known conferences around Atlantic Canada.

Darren MacKinnon
Darren MacKinnon

Research Associate

Darren MacKinnon has over twenty years of geomatics experience ranging from GIS programming to geomatics education.  After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree (Geology Major) from Saint Francis Xavier University, he obtained his GIS certificate from the College of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in 1995.  He then worked for Industrial Forestry Service Ltd., in Prince George, British Columbia, as a GIS programmer and project leader.  In 2000, he accepted a GIS/Remote Sensing Technical Assistant role with NSCC at COGS.  In 2016, he began his current role as a Research Associate working on the web mapping development of the Nova Scotia Bioresource project.

Ian Manning

Casual Research Associate

Ian works as a Casual Research Associate at the Applied Geomatics Research Group, in Middleton, NS. Ian works on projects involving UAV mapping technology in the agriculture and natural resource sectors. He is a COGS graduate (Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems), currently completing his MSc. in Applied Geomatics at Acadia University.

Kevin McGuigan
Kevin McGuigan

Research Associate

Kevin K. McGuigan is a Research Associate who began working at NSCC’s AGRG in 2010 after obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Remote Sensing from the Centre of Geographic Sciences. He specializes in aerial lidar data research, low altitude aerial photography, and hydrodynamic modeling. He has completed research projects involving high-resolution 1D-2D hydrodynamic flood modelling for various coastal and inland regions throughout the Maritimes. Kevin has a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from St Francis Xavier University. His recent research involves aerial bathymetric lidar feature recognition, waveform visualization, and hydrological network mapping automation.

Brittany Reeves
Brittany Reeves

Research Associate

Brittany received her undergraduate degree in geography from Saint Mary’s University. She went on to earn an Advanced Diploma from the Centre of Geographic Sciences where she concentrated in Remote Sensing. One of her NSCC-AGRG highlights was getting the opportunity to visit Sable Island, NS. A team of four collected and processed RTK-GPS data, along with ground-based reference photos. This data, along with other remotely sensed data allowed for the topographic and vegetation mapping of the Island. She is currently working as a Research Associate to map/update the agricultural areas across Nova Scotia.

Wayne Reiger
Wayne Reiger

Research Associate

Wayne is responsible for a variety of tasks involving AGRG’s network of environmental instrumentation. This includes the collection, processing, and Internet delivery of meteorological data; the deployment and technical maintenance of the environmental instrumentation; the deployment and technical maintenance of wireless networks for remote access to the data; and process, analyze, map and display meteorological data.

Charity Robicheau
Charity Robicheau

Research Associate

Charity Robicheau obtained a degree in Geography from Memorial University and an Advanced Diploma in Remote Sensing from COGS. Working as a Research Associate with the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) has allowed her skillset to expand in many different areas including data acquisition and field work, image classification and analysis, natural resource mapping and management and flood risk analysis. Charity is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Applied Geomatics program at Acadia University, in partnership with AGRG, and is interested in using geomatics to solve key coastal resource management issues facing the Maritimes.

Sarah Scott

Research Associate

Sarah Scott is a Research Associate with the Applied Geomatics Research group working on data organization and spatial data warehouse solutions for data storage. She has a Bachelor’s of Resource Management from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Sciences (GIS) from the Centre of Geographic Sciences, NSCC. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Applied Geomatics in cooperation with Acadia University, COGS, and AGRG.

Jesse Siegel
Jesse Siegel

Research Assistant

Jesse Siegel completed the Advanced Diploma in Geographic Sciences (GIS) from the Centre of Geographic Sciences and his B.Sc., majoring in Biology and Environmental Sciences, from Acadia University. He has been a Research Assistant with AGRG’s Coastal Research Team since May 2016. He now supports the development of AGRG’s web projects, including the preparation and management of data, as well as applying custom geoprocessing tools. He also explores the newest tools available for sharing GIS data.

Ariel Vallis
Ariel Vallis

Research Assistant

Ariel’s work at the Applied Geomatics Research Group focuses on lidar and GIS support, both in the field and the office. Ariel is an NSCC graduate, having obtained a Geographic Sciences diploma from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in 2014. She has been working full time in her field of study since completing her program and is experienced in both forestry management and coastal applications within Nova Scotia.

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