Vitae

Education

B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.  1994.  Texas A&M University
M.S. Rangeland Ecology and Management 2000.  Texas A&M University

Professional Experience

June 2010 – present – Emerging Technologies Program Specialist – Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. Identify, train, develop strategies, and serve as a resource on the use of information technologies and their role in outreach and education in the area of natural resource management and policy.   Technologies include both those that are considered internet based (networked, web-based, social media) and device based (mobile applications, tablet, hand held).   The goal of the program is to provide a framework in which emerging technologies can be utilized in projects, programs, and grants to enhance the potential outreach and education impacts of those efforts.

Cross University Collaboration - CoP Content Support  Staff– Provide resource support for the national eXtension initiative.  Work with new and emerging communities of practice in the development of content and tools for outreach and education.  Partner institution: University of Kentucky http://www.extension.org

March 2005 – June 2010 – Texas Geospatial Extension Specialist – Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.  Responsible for statewide collaboration with Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC), University of Texas Center for Space Research (CSR) scientists, Texas Sea Grant College Program (TSGCP) staff, and other faculty at allied university research centers for the Texas Geospatial Extension Program.  Program objective are to 1) expand the workforce trained in geospatial technologies by training County Extension Agents and other natural resource professionals; 2) expand the existing system for transferring geospatial data to users at the local level; 3) increase geospatial technology and natural resource literacy by developing school curriculum enrichment materials for teaching resource management and environmental systems topics; and 4) actively support research and demonstration projects that utilize satellite imagery and other remotely sensed data to address natural resource management issues.  http://geospatial.tamu.edu

March 1999 – February 2005.  Extension Associate – Land Information Systems Laboratory Manager, Texas Cooperative Extension. Build, develop, and manage Land Information Systems lab to support to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Extension.  Provide support to Institute of Renewable Natural Resources Extension programs            http://landinfo.tamu.edu   and   http://clear.tamu.edu

May 1998 – February 1999  Farm Bill Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Act as statewide coordinator for Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Worked cooperatively with NRCS to provide programs in support of wildlife management for the 1995 Farm Bill.   Conduct field support,  workshops and inter-agency training on integration of wildlife practices into private lands conservation plans.  Act as liaison between TPWD and NRCS for program implementation.

April 1996-May 1998       Conservation Scientist IV.    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Provided field and research support to the Endangered Species Branch.  Responsibilities include: developed, analyzed, and distributed spatial data.  Collected species data in the field.  Coordinated with Texas Wildlife Information System (TWIS) developer.  Developed and programmed web pages on endangered, threatened, rare, and species of concern. 

September 1991-April 1996GIS specialist.  STARR Lab, Rangeland Ecology and Management Department.  Texas A&M University.  Supported STARR Lab projects involving GIS applications.  Participated as GIS support in team projects.  Assisted graduate students on GIS projects.  Taught GIS to graduate and undergraduate students through laboratory classrooms.


Projects
Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin – Development of a peer network of private landowners engaged in cooperative conservation to advance the restoration and protection of water quality within the Trinity River basin, Texas. http://trinitywater.org

Texas Prescribed Fire Alliance – Development of a dedicated Prescribed Fire Alliance in Texas to promote education, outreach, training, and coordination between associations of private landowners who participate in prescribed fire.   Promote science and technology in best practice education for prescribed fire. http://pfire.tamu.edu

Feral Hogs Community of Practice is part of the national eXtension initiative.  This CoP is responsible for promoting science, outreach, education, and learning opportunities about invasive feral hogs throughout the United States.  http://www.extension.org

Map@Syst Community of Practice (CoP) is a part of the national eXtension initiative (http://www.extension.org) this CoP is responsible for maintaining and developing the resource area of Geospatial Technologies.  The geospatial technology resource area information and outreach related to geospataial technology application in community planning, natural resources management, precision agriculture, homeland security, health and human welfare, and youth education. Map@syst launched in February 2008To date, the CoP has published 239 articles online, 85 published FAQ, 96 News articles, and 202 events.  http://www.extension.org/geospatial_technology

Trinity River Basin Environmental Initiative - The Trinity River Basin Environmental Restoration Initiative is a major environmental initiative whose mission is to improve the quality of life, economic sustainability and ecological integrity of areas associated with the Trinity River Basin through a coalition of local communities, NGOs and stewards of private and public lands.  Part of the project is the development of the Trinity River Information Management System (TRIMS) which is an interactive geospatial data management system that provides basic information and GIS tools for stakeholders and decision makers who will be participating in developing long-term goals and strategies for the Trinity River Basin.  Development of TRIMS is currently in beta and slated to be released to the public in September 2007. http://trinityriverbasin.tamu.edu/ and http://trims.tamu.edu

Monitoring and Management of Invasive Conifers in Texas, New Mexico, and Montana.  This project investigates the use of remotely sensed data for monitoring and detecting invasive conifers.  Research involves both the investigation of the application of geospatial technology to detect invasives, and the associated management implications related to different remote sensing techniques.  The goal of the project is to find an appropriate tool for accurate detection and monitoring of invasives in order to develop landscape level management programs. http://www.animalrangeextension.montana.edu/joe_skeen/index.htm 

Texas Land Trends – Joint project with American Farmland Trust.  Acted as Co-PI. This project investigated the trends associated with land fragmentation, land use, and landowner demographics and their relationship to potential habitat fragmentation.  The project included research and publications related to findings, outreach and education through trainings, and an online database and mapping system to investigate trends in land use and farm and ranch ownership trends.  http://landinfo.tamu.edu/frag.

CLEAR – County Level Easily Accessible Resource project.  Designed, developed, and managed this landowner decision-support tool.  This tool integrates spatial data, internet mapping, and natural resource management principles. The tool is intended to be used by private landowners and land managers to enhance their ability to manage their natural resources.  Developed and designed the process for obtaining, analyzing, and distributing public spatial data.  Programmed user interface.  Provided support material and training to private landowners in prototype counties.  http://clear.tamu.edu.

Leon River Restoration Project – The primary objective of the research project is to quantify the impacts of Ashe Juniper (Juniperus ashei) removal and management on rangeland water yield, wildlife habitat, and forage production for livestock. Geospatial support included data analysis, acquisition, and training.  Field support included private lands mapping, field survey for vegetation, and analysis of data for private lands planning.  http://irnr.tamu.edu/lrrp/

Ecosystem and Wildlife Implications of Brush: Management Systems Designed to Improve Water Yield.  This project served as research and outreach to several watersheds in Texas using brush control as a method of  enhancing water quantity and quality.  Served on project team.  Supported GIS data and mapping efforts.  Supported modeling efforts. Provided educational support materials.  Coordinated data cataloging efforts.

Fragmented Lands project.  Development of publication to assist private landowners and decision makers in understanding the state of land fragmentation in Texas.  http://landinfo.tamu.edu/presentations/fragland.cfm

Houston Toad Conservation Project – provided project team support for GIS data. Developed data catalog and produced data CD for use by project participants.  http://landinfo.tamu.edu/projects/houstontoad/Ready%20for%20Adobe2.pdf

United States Grasslands and Related Resources: An Economic And Biological Trends Assessment.  This project provided in depth analysis and projections on the state of Rangelands across the Midwestern grasslands states.