Cian is BSG Ecology’s lead Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consultant. He joined the company in February 2014 and has worked with GIS professionally in the public sector and academia since 2010.
Cian is an experienced user of GIS for mapping, analysis and spatial data management. His project work includes producing maps for ecologists and clients to display and analyse the results of Phase 1 habitat surveys, breeding and wintering bird surveys, bat activity surveys, and ecological constraints and opportunities plans, among others. As part of these projects, he has produced mitigation figures submitted with European Protected Species (EPS) Licence applications, including those relating to great crested newt. He also assists ecologists with the analysis of spatial data pre- and post-survey, including species distributions and bat detector data.
In addition to being skilled in Esri’s industry standard ArcGIS platform, Cian has a particular interest in the use and development of free and open-source GIS and data analysis tools such as QGIS, GRASS GIS and R. He also has experience in the development and implementation of digital data capture methods in the field from archaeological and cadastral mapping projects in Italy and London, and aims to develop this further with BSG Ecology.
Cian graduated from University College London in 2013 with an MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis. His MSc dissertation investigated the role of environmental and man-made factors on the early medieval landscape using Monte Carlo visibility simulations and predictive modelling. Prior to joining BSG Ecology, he worked for English Heritage and Newham London Borough Council
In his spare time, Cian sits on the committee of the London Trainee and Student GIS Community, organising work placements and continuous professional development schemes for the students of 12 London universities.