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Dr. Jordan Golinkoff Joins Veg. Mapping & Remote Sensing Advisory Committee

The Vegetation Mapping and LiDAR Program is thrilled to welcome Dr. Jordan Golinkoff as the newest member of our Vegetation Mapping and Remote Sensing Advisory Committee.

Dr. Jordan Golinkoff

The committee advises the mapping team on state-of-the art mapping techniques and methods. Dr. Golinkoff is an expert at using LiDAR to help map, measure, and manage forestland in Northern California. A Forest Carbon Analyst for the Conservation Fund, Dr. Golinkoff will add to the Advisory Committee’s LiDAR and forest mapping expertise.

Dr. Golinkoff is one of the nation’s leading experts on forest carbon project development, monitoring, and verification. He joined The Conservation Fund in 2005 and has extensive experience in forest inventory and projection methodologies, statistical analysis, and carbon accounting practices and standards compliance. A trained forester and Climate Action Reserve and California Air Resources Board approved verifier, Jordan is responsible for forest inventory design and carbon offset registration for The Conservation Fund, the nation’s largest seller of verified forest carbon offsets. Jordan has a B.A. in Computer Science from Yale University, a Masters of Forestry from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in forest mensuration and biometrics from the University of Montana.

Vegetation Mapping and Remote Sensing Advisory Committee

The Sonoma County Vegetation Mapping Program is excited to announce our Vegetation Mapping and Remote Sensing Advisory Committee!  This committee will provide expert technical advice to the District and mapping team throughout the course of the project.  Our committee members have deep expertise in varied fields including remote sensing, botany, ecology, wildlife, carbon mapping, forestry, and GIS.  We are thrilled to have such a high caliber group of advisers to guide us as we map the vegetation and habitats of Sonoma County.  The district and the mapping team is in the process of forming other committees and working groups that will provide specific guidance and expertise;  these committees will be introduced as they are established.  The table below lists the Vegetation Mapping and Remote Sensing Advisory committee members, their affiliations, and their particular areas of expertise.

Committee Member Affiliation Related Expertise/Experience
Dr. Matthew Clark Associate Professor, Sonoma State University Remote sensing of land cover and forest properties; multispectral, hyperspectral, lidar and SAR; GIS analysis and modeling; landscape ecology and conservation.
Charles Convis Conservation Program Coordinator, ESRI Involved in vegetation mapping programs (CNPS, NPS).  Upcoming Conservation Planning textbook.  Expertise in web-based mapping and cartography for conservation.
Michael Fizgibbon Chief Technology Officer, PRBO Conservation Science Web application development to deliver extensive geographic & database content at PRBO (CADC). Core product development and custom application design and implementation at GIS software companies (ESRI, Autodesk, Geogroup).
Karen Gaffney Manager, Conservation Planning Program, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District Ecology, Riparian Ecosystems, Invasive Plants, Ecological Restoration, Watershed Assessment & Planning, Regional Integrated Planning.
Dr. Jordan Golinkoff Forest Carbon Analyst, The Conservation Fund Dr. Golinkoff is an expert at using LiDAR to help map, measure, and manage forestland in Northern California. Dr. Golinkoff, a Forest Carbon Analyst for the Conservation Fund, uses his forestry and mapping expertise to help the Conservation Fund monitor and value the amount of carbon sequestered in its forest lands.
Kass Green President, Kass Green and Associates Remote sensing methods development, program management, accuracy assessment.  Recent high resolution vegetation mapping projects: Grand Canyon Nat’l Park, Nat’l parks of Hawaii and American Samoa, benthic habitats of Texas, Horry County, S.C.
Dr. Todd Keeler-Wolf Senior Vegetation Ecologist, Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program, Biogeographic Data Branch, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Dr. Keeler-Wolf is an expert in classification and mapping of California vegetation, leads the vegetation program in CDFW, and has developed detailed vegetation maps and data driven classification systems for large areas of California.   These products are used in various ways for resource and conservation assessment.
Dr. Maggi Kelly Professor, UC Berkeley Remote sensing, GIS, vegetation mapping, webGIS, environmental monitoring, participatory GIS.  Director of the UC Berkeley Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF).
Jennifer Michaud Wildlife Biologist, Prunuske Chatam, Inc. Sonoma County-focused native fish and wildlife research, monitoring, and restoration; habitat assessment and management planning for parks, including Taylor Mtn. and Sonoma Mtn., and for watershed stewardship programs.
John Nickerson Director of Forestry Mexico Project, Climate Action Reserve; Senior Researcher/Project Developer with Spatial Informatics Group Managed the stakeholder work group that developed the policies for the California compliance protocol and principal author of the same protocol now adopted by the State of California.  Expertise in vegetation mapping, forest inventory, growth and yield analysis, forest valuation, carbon assessments, and landscape planning.  Develops analytical tools to support inventory and carbon analysis.  Currently working with an international stakeholder working group to identify policies for the develop of a forest carbon protocol in Mexico.
Carlos Ramirez Vegetation Mapping and Inventory Group Leader, USDA Forest Service Region 5 Remote Sensing Laboratory Coordinates the cooperative vegetation mapping and monitoring program between the USDA Forest Service and CAL FIRE.  Expertise in vegetation mapping, forest inventory, remote sensing, and GIS.
Tom Robinson Conservation Planner, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District Prioritization methods for open space acquisition and management; landscape ecology and GIS applications; analysis and mapping for local conservation and recreation plans.
Mark Rosenberg Research Program Specialist, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) Coordinates the cooperative vegetation mapping and monitoring program between CAL FIRE and the USDA Forest Service.  Expertise in vegetation mapping, forest inventory, remote sensing, GIS, habitat modeling and fire behavior. Develops analytical tools in support of forest and rangeland assessments, pre-fire planning, and renewable energy development.
Joan Schwan Vegetation Ecologist, Prunuske Chatham, Inc. Sonoma County-focused native plant research, monitoring, and restoration; vegetation mapping and management planning for parks, including Taylor Mtn. and Sonoma Mtn., and for watershed stewardship programs
Mark Tukman Tukman Geospatial LLC Vegetation Mapping and GIS. Large vegetation mapping projects including Grand Canyon National Park, numerous CA National Forests, and Horry County, SC.