Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

Committee Chair(s)

Curtis Dyreson


Charles Hawkins


Xiaojun Qi


With the increasing popularity of the World Wide Web among internet users across the world, the need for building web based applications is increasing with time. The Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems (WMC) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) jointly host a central database containing biological data that is used to assess the condition of aquatic ecosystems. The information stored in the database contains biological and, - geographical data. This information is made available easily through a simple but effective tool called MAPIT. MAPIT is a search engine which can be used to search through the environmental and biological data related to aquatic invertebrates and their locations. MAPIT also produces a map of the location of where the individual taxa were collected. Users can also download the data in a standard format for further analysis.