I am pleased to introduce Kat Mordecai, the newest member of the South Atlantic LCC staff. Kat will serve as an Information Transfer Specialist, a position that is co-funded by the Southern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Kat previously worked for the Southern Research Station as the Ecophysiology Lab Manager where part of her responsibilities included communicating research results to a variety of audiences, from land managers to elementary school children. Kat has a Masters degree in Forestry and Natural Resources from University of Georgia and Bachelors degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from University of Florida.
I am also pleased to announce that Amy Keister has accepted a position as the GIS Coordinator for the SALCC. Amy is currently a Natural Resource Planner with the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture where she has been for the past eight years. In that position, Amy uses geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing technologies to aid conservation planning in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and the West Gulf Coastal Plain Bird Conservation Regions, which together encompass over seventy five million acres and portions of nine states. Working for the Joint Venture has given her the opportunity to work with a diverse set of partners from multiple organizations and agencies with a shared responsibility for bird conservation. Amy has worked on a variety of projects ranging from potential natural vegetation modeling to producing spatially explicit models to prioritize conservation efforts for specific bird species. She has a Masters in Resource Planning and Bachelor of Science in Geography with an emphasis in Natural Resources from Southwest Missouri State University. This position is a contribution from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Amy will be joining the staff in late November. You can read her full bio here.
Please join me in welcoming both Kat and Amy.