GIS Instructor, Manager of the Landscape Analysis Lab
Dr. Van de Ven teaches introductory and advanced courses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), manages the Landscape Analysis Lab, and leads a variety of GIS projects with Sewanee students on the Domain and surrounding region. Chris is a geologist whose research interests are in the interactions between vegetation, geology, and topography. His research in the past has focused on plant distributions and vegetation modeling and near-surface cold-air drainage within and across mountains. As manager of the Landscape Analysis Lab, he maintains and catalogs local and regional GIS data and supervises a project collecting and cataloging the regional historic land use activity. In addition, the Landscape Analysis Lab also provides GIS support for the University, providing GIS data and maps for various departments, classes, and committees, as well as individual faculty and student research projects.