Working as an applied spatial scientist has allowed me to contribute to a diversity of projects across a range of landscapes. My engagement in these projects spans the entire spectrum of geospatial technologies and techniques - from using remotely-sensed imagery to monitor compliance with Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) and incidental take statements granted under sections 10 and 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to leveraging citizen scientists, big-data, and open-source software to develop predictive spatial models that deepen our understanding of human-wildlife interactions and improve conservation decisions. Previous projects include:
THE BERING STRAIT RESPONSE TEACHING TOOL. Increased shipping and oil development in the Arctic make a spill impacting marine wildlife and the communities that depend on them all but inevitable. But Alaska Native communities and the indigenous knowledge of marine wildlife they possess remain poorly integrated into spill response and preparedness throughout the region. To help narrow this gap and improve spill response, I worked with Defenders of Wildlife's Alaska Office, Axiom Data Science, and the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) to develop the Bering Strait Response Teaching Tool - a mapping application that helps incorporate indigenous knowledge of wildlife into spill drills, plans, and events.
DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE ENTERPRISE GIS. As late as 2015, Defenders of Wildlife lacked an enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS). In many cases, multiple copies of the same data set existed, and quite often these copies were inconsistent or even in conflict—the result of several different users each downloading, processing, and analyzing data independently. Additionally, their GIS data suffered from poor documentation, making it difficult to understand where data sets came from or how they had been edited or analyzed. In order to simplify workflows while providing more users with geospatial tools and analyses, I led Defenders' development of an enterprise GIS that included the development of a forward-facing maps hub for staff, members, and donors: www.defenders.org/maps.