Charlie serves as the Director for the IGTLab. He oversees GIS project development and management, spatial data analysis, modeling, cartography, GIS application development, partnership coordination, and GIS software, hardware, and data management for UTC's campus and partners. Charlie earned his B.S. in Geography from Jacksonville State University and his professional background stems from the application of geography and GIS for natural resource management. He has worked with numerous conservation organizations, NGOs, and the National Park Service to answer the question of "where." A large influence of what shaped Charlie’s career as a geographer is a love of nature and exploration. Charlie is an avid mountain biker and whitewater kayaker. Charlie also serves on the board of directors for the Southern Off-Road Mountain Biking Association (SORBA Chattanooga) as Advocacy Director and sits on the advisory committee of the Chattanooga regional conservation partnership of Thrive Regional Partnership. Additionally, he also serves on the Hamilton County COVID-19 Task Force, data subcommittee.
Nyssa’s years of research experience thus far have been gained from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, while exploring the many avenues of their Environmental Science program. In 2014, she earned her B.S. in Environmental Science, with a concentration in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences, and minors in Computer Science, Biology, and Geography, all of which allowed great immersion into field work and the beginning phases of intensive GIS modeling. In Summer 2018, She earned an M.S. in Environmental Science, in which her thesis research focused on developing and assessing predictive spatial distribution models for an amphibian species listed as both rare and vulnerable in the state of Tennessee. Throughout those years of academia, Nyssa was employed in UTC positions that allowed her to gain skills in technology and research, as well as hands-on work with students and teaching. In future research, Nyssa anticipates continued work with conservation GIS and further usage of emerging technology, but is always open to potential collaborations!
Will Stuart is currently a senior at UTC working towards his B.S. in Environmental Science, with a focus in Earth, Atmosphere, and Geologic Resources. Will’s experiences at UTC so far have included in-class mentoring in UTC’s undergraduate Maps and Mapping course, geologic based field studies across many national parks throughout the US desert southwest, and ongoing geologic and geographic based research concerning the topography of the Cumberland Plateau. Additionally, Will has worked seasonally at South Cumberland State Park, wherein he planned and conducted hands-on, educational programs designed to engage and inform a wide range of audiences. Since joining the IGTLab staff as a GIS Technician in August of 2019, Will has had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, such as the Chattanooga Area Pollinator Project (CHAPP), as well as various projects for Thrive Regional Partnership. Will plans to use the technical skills developed as a GIS Technician in his pursuit of a M.S. in Environmental Science at UTC.
Tegan Childers is a Master’s candidate in the Environmental Science program here at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She earned her B.S. in Biology at Dalton State College where she began focusing her research on amphibians and reptiles. Much of her education is wildlife centric as she has focused on Herpetofauna Biology and Ecology. Her Master’s thesis has focused on understanding the spatial ecology of a native Tennessee species; the Northern Zigzag salamander. This work helped to develop her passion for novel applications in geospatial problem solving. Tegan also volunteers caring for critically endangered African and Asian turtles in partnership with the Turtle Survival alliance. She joined the IGTLab in January of 2020 to assist the CUIP with optimizing CARTA travel. During her free time, Tegan enjoys spending time with her animals at home, and exploring wildlife in new places.
Connor Firat is a recent UTC graduate who studied geology and GIS. Connor joined IGTLab in 2019, and has been assisting researchers with data organization and allocation as it pertains to GIS applications.
Shannon Tattitch is a recent graduate of the B.S. Environmental Science program at UTC with a focus in Program and Planning and minors in Geographical Information Science and Sociology. She joined the IGTLab in 2020 in hopes to expand her understanding of geospatial tools and problem solving to help with prioritizing conservation efforts and land acquisition efforts. This is the type of work she will be focusing on for the next year in partnership with the Southeastern Climbing Coalition. In her free time she dabbles in an array of outdoor activities including rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running, backpacking, and outdoor photography.