My cartographic portfolio is presented on this website on on separate pages noted in pull down menus and with links to the separate pages as described below. These represent my current research interest since retiring from employment as a public servant.
Environmental Justice describes the distribution of Afro-American populations in the US with a general interest in Louisiana and then in particular in City of Lafayette within the Parish of Lafayette.
Highway 90 is a study of a key roadway that traverses Louisiana from Mississippi to Texas, but has origins to the East in Florida and to the West in Texas and beyond. The roadway was built in the 1930’s following the elevated areas along the Gulf Coast. The path chosen was parallel to the Southern Pacifc Road road built in the 1880’s. Later, the same general path was selected when the Interstate 10 was constructed in the 1960’s. These three transportation facilities played a significant role in the development and location of population centers along the Coast. The path of roadway is plotted on existing soil types and ecological zones and compared to the distribution of population density.
Louisiana Places is research project of the source of place names in Louisiana. The Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) provided a source of over 42,000 landmarks and places. The names were classified into more than 40 groups such as airport, cities, towns, villages, schools, hospitals, and historic places. The data set in the form of an Excel sheet and comma delimited files, both of which are available for public download.
Prairie Basse is a culture history study of a small settlement area near the Town of Arnaudville in South Louisiana. The study was part of an anthropology class in the Fall of 2017. The class was taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette by Dr. Ray Brassieur in which students studied selected features of the same area. The page and its maps are a personal essay written in the first person on the meaning of my ethnic identity.