Matthew L. Sisk, Ph.D.
GIS Librarian / Data Scientist
I am passionate about the intersection of Data Science, Librarianship and Public Data.
I am part of the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. I am an expert on using spatial tools to ask questions in a variety of disciplines. I teach college classes on GIS and data visualization.
I also do private consulting on spatial analysis, GIS infrastructure development, public library impact assessment and ecological modelling.
Topically, my research can be divided into three main categories
- Environmental health. Most recently, my work has focused on using digital tools to understand where the local environment can cause health risks.
- Retro-computing. I have have had a long-standing interest in the early days of the home computer and the ways that technology used and experimented with other mediums.
- Human adaptive strategies. My dissertation focused on using ecological modelling techniques to understand the settlement strategy of Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans. I also published several papers on projectile technology and how it expands the ecological niche that humans can exploit.