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Rachel Summers BSc. Botany and Computer Science

Senior Tutor

School of People, Environment and Planning

Her area of expertise is GIS database design though she retains a special interest in GIS analysis in natural/ecological applications. Rachel’s current research includes development of a historical GIS database for the 1917 battle of Messines.  Since 2009 she has concentrated more on GIS applications in the natural environment particularly in noise assessment and its visualisation.  She has done work mapping sound inside military vehicles and the results have been embargoed by NZ Army for 5 years, however they have led to a change in military training practises since 2013.   She has also diversified into the field of vehicle driver behaviour using GIS analysis.  However this project is in the early stages and requires significant amounts of time developing hardware and software to capture the data.  Analysis will include driver behaviour in the environment which has not been approached before. 

Rachel Summers has been at Massey University since 1989.  Together with Derek Williams she developed the Graduate Diploma in GIS which has now been closed, and taught into a Second Specialisation in GIS (now discontinued) in the BRP.  She continues to teach GIS as an integral part of the 100 level BRP.  She also teaches three out of four papers for the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(GIS).  Her teaching focus is to nurture in students the ability to think in a spatial context and to develop in them, the skill set to use GIS in their planning work.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 3569099 x83627
    Location: 3.03, Geography
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (1989)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

The application of GIS to the physical environment, This includes the physical/built environment as well as the social environment.

Thematics

Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Acoustics and Acoustical Devices; Waves (020301):
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Classical Physics (020300):
Other Technology (109900):
Physical Sciences (020000):
Regional Analysis and Development (120505):
Technology (100000): Technology not elsewhere classified (109999):
Urban Analysis and Development (120507): Urban and Regional Planning (120500)

Keywords

A list of some of Rachel's expertise follows:

  • GIS teaching and curriculum development.
  • The use and application of GIS for spatial analysis.
  • The use of ArcGIS by esri

Research Outputs

Journal

Lawrence, KE., Summers, SR., Heath, ACG., McFadden, AMJ., Pulford, DJ., & Pomroy, WE. (2016). Predicting the potential environmental suitability for Theileria orientalis transmission in New Zealand cattle using maximum entropy niche modelling. Veterinary Parasitology. 224, 82-91
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawrence, K., Pomroy, W., Summers, S.
Shaw, S., Skerratt, LF., Haigh, A., Bell, BD., Daglish, L., Bishop, PJ., . . . Speare, R. (2013). The distribution and host range of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in New Zealand, 1930–2010.. Ecology. 94(9), 2108-2111 Retrieved from http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecol/94/9
[Journal article]Authored by: Summers, S.
Mcneill, J., Cheyne, C., & Summers, R. (2013). Spatial dimensions of New Zealand's environmental management. New Zealand Geographer. 69(2), 136-149
[Journal article]Authored by: Cheyne, C., McNeill, J., Summers, S.Edited by: Cheyne, C.
Sutton, DG., Flenley, JR., Li, X., Todd, A., Butler, K., Summers, R., . . . Chester, PI. (2008). The timing of the human discovery and colonization of New Zealand. Quaternary International. 184(1), 109-121
[Journal article]Authored by: Butler, K., Summers, S.

Book

Summers, SR. (2010). Sound, noise, flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity. In Sound, noise, flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity.
[Chapter]Authored by: Summers, S.

Conference

bakker, ., Rapley, BI., summers, ., Alves Pereira, M., & dickinson, .An Affordable Recording Instrument for the Acoustical Characterisation of Human Environments. . Zurich, Switzerland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Bakker, H., Summers, S.
Bakker, HH., Alves-Pereira, M., & Summers, SR. (2017, June). A Citizen Science Initiative: Acoustical Characterisation of Human Environments. Presented at 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem. Zurich.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bakker, H., Summers, S.
Rapley, BI., Bakker, HH., Alves-Pereira, M., & Summers, SR. (2017, June). Case Report: Cross-Sensitisation to infrasound and low frequency noise. Presented at 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem. Zurich.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Summers, S.
Bakker, HH., Alves-Pereira, M., & Summers, SR.A Citizen Science Initiative: Acoustical Characterisation of Human Environments. . Zurich
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Bakker, H., Summers, S.
Bakker, HH., Rapley, BI., Summers, SR., Alves-Pereira, M., & Dickinson, P. (2017). An Affordable Recording Instrument for the Acoustical Characterisation of Human Environments. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem. Zurich, Switzerland
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Bakker, H., Summers, S.
Rapley, BI., Bakker, HHC., Alves-Pereira, M., & Summers, SR.Case Report: Cross-sensitisation to infrasound and low frequency noise. . Zurich
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Bakker, H., Summers, S.
Rapley, B., Bakker, H., Summers, R., Podd, JV., & Dickinson, P.(2014, March). NIHL & Sound within the military environment: Low frequency hum & challenges of conducting noise assessments in the military. .
[Conference]Authored by: Bakker, H., Summers, S.
Summers, SR., & Rapley, BI. (2010, November). An Environmental Planning Failure: How GIS can help.. Presented at NZ ESRI Users Group. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Summers, S.
Summers, SR., & Rapley, BI. (2010, November). Windfarm Collaborators. Presented at NZ ESRI Users Group. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Summers, S.
McNeill, J., Holland, JD., & Summers, R. (2010, July). Identifying regions for managing new Zealand's environment. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Holland, J., McNeill, J., Summers, S.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 1993 -2000 - Explorer Graphics
    A major GIS consultancy based in Wellington, consulting nationwide.

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Promoting understanding of the nature of our physical world through spatial analysis has been Rachels' goal for many years.

Courses Coordinated

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