Krista Jones works as a Geospatial Analyst with the Social and Economic Spatial Analysis Unit in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, having completed her MSc in Geography in 2011. Krista is also an alumna of the department’s undergraduate program; she received her BSc (Hons) in Geography and a GISciences (GIS) diploma in 2008.
A lifelong lover of Geography, Krista came to Memorial knowing that this was what she would study. “Geography at Memorial is so diverse; there are so many different paths you can take within the program,” she observed. “Once I had completed several courses in the geography program at Memorial I knew that GISciences was what I wanted to concentrate on.” She continued working in GIS for her graduate research, which looked at the visualization of perceived spatial data quality of 3D objects within virtual globes. “My research looked at a novel type of spatial data quality and how to communicate this spatial data quality to all types of virtual globe users via a symbiotic approach which utilizes five star visualizations,” explained Krista.
In her current position, Krista applies theories, concepts, and methods from the field of GIS to projects carried out by the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency. Some of these applications include Location Allocation Analysis, Network Analysis, Small-Area Estimation and Agent-based models. “My current position requires an understanding of geographic data, GIS, and geospatial modeling and statistical techniques, all of which relate to my geography background and aspects of my graduate and undergraduate research.” She continued, “Many of the skills and experiences from my graduate degree are very useful in my career. I developed my networking and public speaking skills at conferences and meetings, and improved my research and technical abilities over the course of my degree.”