Mel joined BSG Ecology as a GIS Technician in August 2021.
Mel has used GIS and remote sensing for nearly a decade to inform and enhance a wide range of applications including water quality monitoring, invasive species tracking, environmental outreach, and ecological conservation. Coming from a conservation biology and environmental fieldwork and management background, Mel is uniquely suited to provide in-depth spatial analysis and informative cartographic outputs for each project at every stage, from planning to delivery.
Before joining BSG Ecology, Mel worked and studied all over the world. Notable projects include Pustulose Ark A. tuberculosa conservation in the mangrove sanctuary of Tumbes, Peru, water quality, invasive species mitigation, and wetlands restorations in the Finger Lakes region of New York, US, and surveying and developing a biodiversity conservation management plan for a property in Costa Rica. Her Masters dissertation was heavily based on GIS, using remote sensing, spatial and multispectral analysis, and limited fieldwork to develop a novel approach to estimating carbon stocks and sequestration rates of aboveground and aquatic vegetation across the Scottish Canals network.
Mel holds an Associates of Applied Science in Environmental Technology, a BA in General Biology, a BSc in Conservation Biology, and recently completed their MSc in Environmental Management.