Elizabeth Mather, GISPMy fascination with space and my desire to work in an environmentally beneficial capacity led me into graduate studies in geography and planning at the University of Toledo beginning in the fall of 2000. The research area I was most interested in was the Oak Openings Region of NW Ohio & SE Michigan and how conservation and restoration planning could benefit from the utilization of GIS and remote sensing technologies. During my studies, much of my class research, as well as my thesis, centered on this topic. After completing my course work in the fall of 2002, I took a job as the GIS Technician at the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Delaware, Ohio. I completed my thesis and graduated in the summer of 2006. At that time I also received a promotion to GIS/IT Program Coordinator at the District.  After seven years with the District, I took the position of GIS and Conservation Planning Manager at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (Chesterland/Moreland Hills, OH) in 2009.  In 2012, I received a promotion to Director of GIS and Conservation Planning at the Land Conservancy.

Common GroundThe first comprehensive examination of land conservation in northern Ohio has determined that about 7 percent of the area, or 295,322 acres, in a 14-county region has been preserved – significantly less than the 10- to 15-percent level recommended by local experts.

Director of GIS and Conservation Planning
Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Moreland Hills, Ohio

Please click here to view my geographic resume. It was last updated May 2013.

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