Brian P. Thayer

323 3rd Avenue Apt #3

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone (715) 830-5057



To further increase my skills using either Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), or Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in an interesting and challenging environment.



The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC)

Senior: Resource Management Cumulative GPA 3.62


The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Academic Awards and Grants:
Fall 1998 Dean’s List Spring 1998 Dean’s List
Fall 1997 Academic Distinction Spring 1997 Academic Distinction
Fall 1996 Dean's List Spring 1996 Dean’s List
UWEC Office of University Research Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant

UWEC Office of University Research Faculty/Student Collaborative Research Grant

1999 Travel Grant to attend Association of American Geographer’s (AAG) meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii 3/99.

1999 Travel Grant to attend National Council of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Rochester, New York 3/99.


Research/Work Experience:
08/97-Present Research assistant for Dr. Harry Jol, Department of Geography UWEC
08/97 Ground penetrating radar (GPR) investigations in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
09/97-12/97 Teacher's Assistant: taught lab section for an intro level physical geography class.

Performed global positioning system (GPS) experiments in Death Valley, CA to map geographical and geologic features.

05/98 Jointly created Dr. Harry Jol's webpage with Tony Viavattine.

GPR investigations and laser-leveling surveys of a graveyard and possible Indian burial mounds were performed at Fort McCoy Military Base, WI.


Took part in the 1998 Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study funded jointly by the USGS, Washington State Department of Ecology, and various universities. Performed vibracoring, GPS, and GPR experiments as well as helped out on a drill rig.


Collected bathymetric (lake mapping) data of Lower Lake Nehmabin, Oconomowoc, WI using GPS and depth sounder.


Using GPS to map out hiking, biking, and cross country ski trails at Levis Mound Recreation Area, near Neillsville, WI.

 *research to be presented at: the 1999 Association of American Geographers (AAG) meeting Honolulu, Hawaii, the 1999 National Council of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) meeting Rochestor, New York, and the annual UWEC Student Research Day.


Publications and Presentations:
March 1998 Jol, H.M., Bartz, C., LeMoine, E. and Thayer, B., 1998. Ground penetrating radar investigation: Long Island Barrier-Spit, Lake Superior. American Association of Geographers, 94th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA., Abstracts on CD-ROM.
April 1998 "A Comparison of GPR Antennae Frequencies Along the Southern Shores of Lake Superior," at the UWEC Research Day.
April 1998 " Post Differential Correction of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in Death Valley, CA" at the UWEC Research Day.
February 1999 Three 'practice presentations' (see below) to the Student Senate, Vice-Chancellor, and Chancellor of UWEC
March 1999 Presentation to the Board of Regents in Madison, Wisconsin regarding the continuing of funding for faculty/student research collaboration and technology.



Operating Systems

GIS Programs


  • Mac 8.0
  • Arcview
  • Trimble ProXR
  • Windows 95 and 98/NT
  • Atlas GIS
  • Trimble Geoexplorer
  • Unix
  • Idrisi
  • Pathfinder Office GPS Software
  • DOS

Web Design Programs

  • FieldNotes GPS Software

Graphic Design

  • Microsoft Frontpage
  • DepthSounder Integration
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Microsoft Publisher


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Pagemill
  • SPSS
  • FreeHand 7.0/8.0

Other Applications

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Corel Draw
  • Surveying with laser leveler

Other Applications (cont.)

Analytical Skills

  • Vibracoring
  • Word, Powerpoint, PhotoEditor
  • Air photo interpretation
  • Worked on drill rig
  • Surfer (3D Contour mapping)
  • Topo map interpretation
  • Used sand augers
  • Scanning Applications
  • Integrating GPS, GIS, GPR
  • Brunton compass
  • Digital photography
  • Surveying
  • Air photography



Guitar/Sing, camping, biking, basketball
References: Available upon request