Caty Brandon

David Turpin Building
GIS Laboratory Rm A236
Department of Geography
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
V8W 3R4

Phone: 1-250-472-4624

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I am currently in the third year of a PhD program exploring the use of 3D geovirtual environments for marine realms. My master's thesis looked at the use of multi-user touch tables for small group decision-making for marine spatial planning tasks. Specifically, identifying and evaluating measures of collaboration for group-based geovisualization; and the influence of seat location on participation levels around a multi-user touch table, which can be biased due to interface design of geovisualization technologies designed for single-user desktop environments. My general interests are in marine spatial planning, marine protected areas, marine GIS and environmental psychology. 

  • BSc Geography and BSc Geology, Oklahoma State University (USA)
  • MSc Geography, University of Victoria (BC, Canada) 

 PhD Research (PhD Geography, University of Victoria)

My PhD research project involves applying 3D GIS and geovirtual technology to communicate wildlife-viewing guidelines to recreational boaters and visitors to Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The research contributes to bioregional study of the Salish Sea, which is the shared body of water between British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA. Marine mammals are iconic, representational symbols of Salish Sea culture, while whale watching and ecotourism are performative aspects of the culture of the Salish Sea bioregion. This study will evaluate whether or not 3D representations of wildlife-viewing guidelines provide greater learning affordances over 2D representations of the guidelines. Having lived in both Washington State and British Columbia, I have a special interest in the transboundary environmental governance of the Salish Sea and the health of its culture, communities and marine environment.