ESRI Mobile Apps in the Curriculum and Research

Please join us for our June Program at Sunnyside Lodge in Black Creek Park. A picnic lunch will be served following the presentation. 

When:  Tuesday, June 18th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Black Creek Park – Sunnyside Lodge

              3835 Union Street

              North Chili, NY 14514 

Cost:    $5 (Pay at door)

Lunch: BBQ


ESRI Mobile Apps in the Curriculum and Research Robert Beutner, MA, GISP Hobart and William Smith Colleges &  Samuel Beck-Andersen Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart & William Smith Colleges


Curriculum: Rob Beutner, GISP; Digital Learning Consultant, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

For the past two spring semesters, the Biology Department of Hobart and William Smith Colleges has used the ESRI Collector app with their students to perform authentic field data collection of invasive species in the Finger Lakes Region.

In this portion of the presentation, an overview of how the ESRI Collector app was used, with support assistance by HWS IT Services, by the students to design and execute field sampling for HWA (Hemlock Woolly Adelgid) in geographically challenging terrain.

Research: Sam Beck-Andersen; AIS Project Manager, Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has operated a Watercraft Steward Program (WSP) since 2012, stationing seasonal employees at boat launches around the Finger Lakes Region to inspect watercrafts for invasive species, and to provide educational information the boating communities in the region.

In 2019, the FLI WSP began utilizing the New York State Natural Heritage Program’s Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Application (WISPA). Using a highly-developed Survey123 Form to collect field data from watercraft inspections. Data is collected through the field app on tablets, and submitted to the NYNHP’s WISPA, hosted through ArcGIS Online. NYNHP has organized their database into groups so that each of the 16 cooperating programs have instant access to all the data their program has collected. NYNHP has also developed a user friendly Dashboard App through ArcGIS Online that displays a layer map including data from all 16 cooperating programs.

This program will demonstrate the use of the WISPA tool utilized at over 200 boat launches around the state through Survey123, the process of exporting data from the state-wide database, and will outline the comprehensive Dashboard App to show state-wide data.