The Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) at NIMBioS offers state-of-the-art spatial analysis capabilities to researchers interested in understanding biological, geographic, and socio-economic processes. SAL enables cross-disciplinary research for those in academia, government and industry who are engaged in biogeographical modeling, spatial statistics, and anthropogenic dimensions of biodiversity conservation.
The lab is also used for training students in spatial data collection and analysis, for supporting the work of researchers at NIMBioS, and for tutorials and workshops offered through NIMBioS, including online courses.
A unique component of SAL is a sub-concentration on spatial analysis in biology. Biology at SAL, or BaSAL, supports research activities that collect and synthesize large-scale spatial data to understand biological and socio-economic processes, especially in the areas of biodiversity, disease ecology, and human-environment interface.
Analytical Lab Capabilities
Remote Pilot Certification. New rules for piloting UAS, requiring UAS users to pass an aeronautical knowledge test, were released in August 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration. Lab personnel will obtain the remote pilot certification in summer 2017 to assist lab users with UAS data collection.
SAL is in the process of becoming a recharge center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. SAL was developed in collaboration with UT's College of Arts & Sciences, and the Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Geography.
Lab email: SAL@nimbios.org
Mona Papeş, SAL Director
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee
Eric Carr, SAL Science Coordinator
NIMBioS Computational Data Engineer