GeoQuery Students

GeoQuery is driven by students, staff and faculty at AidData, a research lab at William and Mary.  W&M student interested in doing your own research in support of something bigger?  Click here to join us!

Rachel Oberman, Lab Director

Rachel Oberman is the student lab director and GeoQuery Fellow in charge of all undergraduates on the lab teams, including the GeoBoundaries, GeoData, GeoParsing, and GeoDev teams. She is also the founder of the GeoQuery undergraduate research lab. She makes sure that everything in GeoQuery is the best quality it can be and that all projects are running on time. Rachel is interested in pursuing a career in Computer Science and Data Science, and plans to graduate in May 2020. She is also a world-class figure skater and has medaled at several top-level international competitions.

Email: raoberman@email.wm.edu

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/racheloberman/

Matt Crittenden, GeoParsing Team Lead

Matt Crittenden is a GeoQuery Fellow and the GeoParsing team lead who leads the team in identifying sources of funding and activity in international financial flows. Matt is currently studying International Relations and Data Science at the College. He is interested in foreign aid, international development, and geospatial analysis and hopes to pursue a career in improving aid effectiveness after graduating in May 2021. Matt used to breakdance in middle school and worked in high school as an assistant sushi chef – but it was just a phase.

 

Heather Baier, GeoData

Heather Baier is a GeoQuery Fellow and GeoData researcher who scours the internet far and wide for subnational data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. She is majoring in Data Science and will graduate in May 2020. She spent last summer interning for CheckMySchool in Quezon City, Philippines and hopes to pursue a career in development.

Greyson Pettus, GeoParsing

Greyson Pettus is a GeoParsing researcher who tracks sources of funding and activity for international financial flows and plans to graduate in May 2020 as a Government And Environmental Policy Double Major. After graduating from W&M, he wants to study Environmental Law, so that he can work in the field of Animal Conservation Law or Animal Defense Law. Back home, Greyson lives on a farm and owns 15 sheep.

Email: wgpettus@email.wm.edu

Nick LaGamma, GeoDev

Nick LaGamma is a GeoDev researcher who uses his skills in coding to power and improve the GeoQuery lab and infrastructure. Nick is a Computer Science & Neuroscience double-major graduating in May 2020, and has studied abroad in Guatemala learning about international development.

Email: nplagamma@email.wm.edu

Austin Anderson, GeoBoundaries

Austin Anderson is a GeoBoundaries researcher who scours the internet far and wide in search of the best boundaries to incorporate into the GeoQuery tool. He hopes to be a successful sustainable architect who moonlights as a U.S. Men's Olympic Rock Climber, and plans on graduating from the College in May 2021. Austin lives within the city limits of Washington D.C., his favorite author is John Steinbeck, and his favorite shampoo brand is Pantene. 

Email: austincurtisanderson@gmail.com

Kate Munkacsy, GeoParsing

Kate is a GeoParsing researcher who scours the internet for texts and data that identify sources of funding and activity in international financial flows. She is majoring in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Statistics with a concentration in Applied Statistics and a minor in Economics, and plans to graduate in May 2021. Kate spent 13 days hiking El Camino de Santiago almost entirely in pouring rain (see photo).  After graduation, she would like to work towards a PhD in Economics and become involved in environmental and/or social justice work.

Email: kmmunkacsy@email.wm.edu

Maddy Mulder, GeoBoundaries

Maddy Mulder is a GeoBoundaries researcher who plans to graduate in May 2021. She enjoys learning foreign languages, working with GIS systems, and traveling.In the future she hopes to pursue a career in that allows her to make maps all the time.

Email: memulder@email.wm.edu

 
 
 
 

Lauren Hobbs, GeoBoundaries Team Lead

Lauren Hobbs is a GeoQuery Fellow and the GeoBoundaries Team Lead who leads our GeoBoundaries team in preparing, organizing, and perfecting our best boundaries to incorporate into the GeoQuery tool. Lauren is interested in pursuing a career in Business Intelligence and Data Science and plans to graduate in May 2019. She has also seen a penguin fly (she once flew on an airplane with a penguin).

Email: lmhobbs@email.wm.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenmhobbs/

Graham Melville, GeoData

Graham Melville is a GeoQuery fellow graduating in May 2019 who is leading a remote sensing based land-change analysis project with Nuru International http://www.nuruinternational.org/  He is super into design and tinkering, and his career interests include anything involving GIS, data science, and mathematics. When he's not in school, you'll probably find him XC skiing or building above ground pools.

Email: ggmelville@email.wm.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/graham-melville/

Yaw Ofori-Addae, GeoDev

Yaw is a GeoDev researcher who develops code and other solutions necessary to power and improve the GeoQuery lab and infrastructure. He is currently pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Data Science and plans to graduate in 2021 and hopes to do something impactful that will benefit all, but also live a simple life. He was born and raised in Ghana for majority of his life. He can speak 2 and a half languages (English, Twi, and French). 

Email: yoforiaddae@email.wm.edu

Grace Grimsley, GeoBoundaries

Grace Grimsley is a GeoBoundaries researcher who scours the internet far and wide in search of the best boundaries to incorporate into the GeoQuery tool. She spent last summer teaching English in China. In the future, she wants to have a career in foreign aid and development where she hopes to continue her love of geospatial problem solving to increase aid efficacy around the globe. Grace plans to graduate in May 2019.

Email: gracegrimsley@gmail.com

Grace Grimsley, GeoBoundaries

Grace Grimsley is a GeoBoundaries researcher who scours the internet far and wide in search of the best boundaries to incorporate into the GeoQuery tool. She spent last summer teaching English in China. In the future, she wants to have a career in foreign aid and development where she hopes to continue her love of geospatial problem solving to increase aid efficacy around the globe. Grace plans to graduate in May 2019.

Email: gracegrimsley@gmail.com

Rachel Layko, GeoBoundaries

Rachel Layko is a GeoBoundaries researcher who searches the internet tirelessly for the best boundaries to incorporate into the GeoQuery tool. She has been scuba diving with sharks. In the future, she hopes to apply geospatial tools to work in marine conservation and resource management. Rachel plans to graduate in May 2019.

Email: rblayko@email.wm.edu

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-layko

Chengzhuo(Nolan) Ma, GeoParsing

Chengzhuo(Nolan) Ma is a GeoParsing researcher who scours libraries and websites in search of sources of funding and activity in international financial flows. Nola is expected to graduate in 2021, and is interested in pursuing a career using artificial intelligence in data science and finance. He is really passionate about fancing and mafia games, and also drew his very own comic book in middle school from scratch.

Emails: cma03@email.wm.edu ; nolanma99@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/macz/

Sylvia Shea, GeoBoundaries

Sylvia is a GeoBoundaries researcher who searches far across the internet for top-quality boundaries to incorporate into the GeoQuery tool. She is a sophomore at the college and plans to graduate in May 2021. Sylvia is pursuing a major in Data Science with a minor in Marketing, and is working to become a fluent Spanish speaker. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in location-based marketing or geospatial intelligence. Sylvia also works as the social chair for her sorority and is a makeup artist for the College’s fashion magazine. 

Email: smshea@email.wm.edu

Coyote Farrell, GeoData

Coyote is a GeoData researcher who searches the internet far and wide for subnational data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and plans to graduate in May 2021. She is majoring in International Relations and has already completed a minor in Global Business. Coyote hopes to take those studies to a career in International Development or International Political Economy. Outside of academics, Coyote is an RA at William and Mary, rides horses, and swing dances. During the winter, she also teaches skiing. 

 

John Napoli, GeoData Team Lead

John Napoli is a GeoData Team Lead who leads our GeoData team in connecting with international organizations and scouring the internet for subnational data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. He is a current Junior at the College pursuing a B.S. in Data Science. He is very interested in international development and the intersection between governmental policy and the private sector in its progress. In his free time he enjoys reading, petting his three amazing dogs, and bothering Rachel O.

Email: jsnapoli@email.wm.edu

Josh Panganiban, GeoBoundaries

Josh Panganiban is a GeoBoundaries researcher who searches far across the internet for top-quality boundaries to incorporate into the GeoQuery tool. He is very interested in field research, environmental accounting, and GIS work, and plans to graduate in May 2020. Josh is very willing to be involved with anything sustainable related from educational outreach to renewable energy. He hopes to start an engineering firm dedicated to sea-level rise mitigation. Josh also loves to hike, run, and wants to climb Mt. Everest one day.

Celia Metzger, GeoParsing

Celia Metzger is a GeoParsing researcher who investigates the behind-the-scenes world of foreign aid. She is pursuing a double-major in Russian & Post-Soviet Studies and Linguistics, and she plans to graduate in May 2021. After graduation, she dreams of becoming a language analyst for the government. Celia also plays the balalaika and loves to cook cuisine from around the world.
 

Jack Bowden, GeoDev

Jack Bowden is a GeoDev researcher who develops code and other solutions necessary to power and improve the GeoQuery lab and infrastructure. Jack is a Computer Science major graduating in May 2019, and can mimic the voice of VDOT's Highway Advisory Radio on-demand. Jack is interested in network systems and design, and hopes to pursue a career in IT consultation or systems administration in Northern Virginia, Raleigh, or New York.

Email:  jabowden@email.wm.edu

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/jackabowden

Sydney Fuhrig, GeoData

Sydney Fuhrig is a GeoData researcher who scours the internet far and wide for subnational data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and plans to graduate in May 2021. When she went to Glacier National Park she accidentally came within 70 feet of a grizzly bear and saw a forest fire in the same day. Sydney is currently unsure of her career goals, but she wants to incorporate her majors in History and Environmental Science and Policy into what she pursues after graduation.

Email: slfuhrig@email.wm.edu

Laura Opsahl-Ong, GeoData

Laura Opsahl-Ong is a GeoData researcher who works on compiling geospatial data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. She is majoring in Computer Science and Data Science and plans to use those skills to do research when she graduates in May 2021. Her family also grows corn in their suburban backyard. 

Email: lkopsahlong@email.wm.edu

Grace Lee, GeoDev

Grace Lee is a GeoDev researcher who develops code and other solutions necessary to power and improve the GeoQuery lab and infrastructure. She plans to graduate from the college in May 2021 and hopes to pursue a career in Computer Science. In her free time, Grace loves to snowboard and run, and one of her goals for this year is to run her first marathon. 

Email: gmlee@email.wm.edu

Lara Maluf-Mas, GeoData

Lara is a GeoData researcher who searches the internet tirelessly for subnational data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and plans to graduate in May 2022.

Email: lmalufmas@email.wm.edu


Hall Of Fame

Rob Marty, GeoDev

Rob Marty graduated from William and Mary in the Spring of '16, and currently works as a Data Specialist at the World Bank.  During his time in the lab, Rob helped to author four peer-reviewed articles, and wrote the GeoSIMEX R package for modeling spatial uncertainty.

Campbell Scheuerman, GeoData

Campbell Scheuerman is a GeoData researcher who scours the internet far and wide for subnational data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and plans to graduate in May 2020.

Email: cascheuerman@email.wm.edu

Leigh Seitz, GeoBoundaries

Leigh Seitz is a recent graduate of William and Mary (Class of 2017), with a degree in International Relations and specialization in GIS. While baking on the side, Leigh developed the methodology for the original GeoBoundaries dataset, tirelessly searching the internet and reaching out to foreign countries to get the best boundaries in the world and to ensure the accuracy of her geographically-correct cakes.

Email: lnseitz@email.wm.edu

Website: http://leighseitz.com

Rebecca Youngerman, GeoBoundaries

Rebecca is a GeoBoundaries researcher who searches the internet seeking the best geospatial boundaries to incorporate into the GeoQuery tool. Rebecca's goals are driven by a passion for improving public health and utilizing the power of data analytics. She hopes to incorporate both of these into life-long learning and her career. Rebecca plans on graduating in May 2019 and will be working in Kenya this summer with Community Health Partners (http://chp.or.ke/).

Honor Roll

Many students have worked with the GeoQuery team and then graduated to go do bigger and better things.  The lab would not be what it is without Lidia Kovecevic ('17, WhiteHawk CEC), Ben Dykstra ('17, Capital One), and Hannah Dempsey ('17, ECS Limited), Allison Bowers ('18, AidData).

Audrey Way, GeoData

Audrey Way is a GeoData researcher who scours the internet far and wide for subnational data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and plans to graduate in May 2020. Audrey is majoring in Data Science, but she is hoping to declare a double major in Sociology with a focus in Criminology soon and she would like to combine those two fields in her future career.

Email: alway@email.wm.edu

Victor Ding, GeoData

Victor Ding is a GeoData researcher who searches the internet tirelessly for subnational data pertaining to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and plans to graduate in May 2020.

Email: vlding@email.wm.edu