PLJV Welcomes New Team Member
PLJV is happy to welcome its newest GIS analyst, Meghan Bogaerts, who joined the staff in November. In addition to helping PLJV update its landcover procedures to support landscape design, Meghan will also provide GIS support for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative.
“We’re very excited to have Meghan join our GIS team,” says GIS Director Alex Daniels. “Her combination of GIS technical skills and understanding of policy and programmatic implications will be a tremendous asset to the partnership.”
Meghan recently completed a dual Master’s degree in Natural Resource Informatics and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. As part of her graduate work, she designed and conducted surveys of cattle ranchers in the Brazilian Amazon to model relationships between management decisions and global carbon cycles. Prior to graduate school, Meghan worked as a program manager for the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington D.C. where she was instrumental in developing the nation’s first certification for sustainable communities.
As a recent transplant from the upper-Midwest and a self-described “enthusiastic amateur” birder, Meghan is enjoying getting to know the wildlife and landscapes of Colorado. “I’m ready to discover a whole new ecosystem right outside my door,” she says, “and am excited to work with an organization that acts as a thought-leader in the region, respecting what each partner can bring to grassland and bird conservation.”