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Nicola Cook

Burlingame, CA, USA


SUMMARY: Fourteen years of experience using GIS and other data management tools in support of environmental characterization and restoration projects, as well as experience in soil, groundwater, and soil vapor sample collection for projects involving site characterization, remediation, and long-term monitoring on public and private sites including those regulated under CERCLA or RCRA. Additional experience with monitoring of threatened and endangered species. Well versed in spatial data acquisition, analysis, visualization, production, attribution, as well as field data collection and post-processing.

EDUCATION: B.A., summa cum laude, Geography, San Jose State University

SKILLS: Advanced knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS 10 • Proficient with Trimble 7x , TerraSync, & Pathfinder Office • Basic level Golden Software Surfer & Grapher • Basic knowledge of Python • Proficient in MS Word and Excel

National Park Service, Organ Pipe National Monument, AZ (May – September 2005)
Wildlife Biological Field Intern assisting the Natural Resources Division and Park Enforcement Rangers in resource planning for wildlife surveys and border crossing impact mitigation. Developed a database of all recorded sightings of endangered Sonoran Pronghorn in the park over a sixty year period from historical notes, field observation and radio telemetry data. Monitored endangered species, border crossing impacts, and illegal vehicular access on wilderness areas using Garmin and Trimble GPS and ArcGIS, assisted in field surveys and census counts of endangered species such as the lesser long-nosed bat, Quitobaquito pupfish, and desert tortoise, and behavioral observations of Sonoran Pronghorn and maintenance of fencing and irrigation at captive breeding enclosure in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

•U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico (2013-2018)
•U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore California (2015-2017)
•U.S. Navy’s Base Realignment and Closure Program, Multiple Sites, CA (2006-2015)
•Former Rental Car Facilities, McCarran Airport, Las Vegas, NV(2009-2018)

Basic GIS production and management tasks on all projects:
•Acquiring historical and current background data including aerial photography, topographic maps, hydrography data, and County asset data.
•Developing file structures and symbol libraries, creating and maintaining geodatabases and metadata
•Creating feature classes for physical assets, well networks, treatment systems, analytical data
•Generating potentiometric surface and contaminant concentration maps
•Creating Google Earth kmz visualizations of well construction, groundwater, and analytical data
•Georeferencing imagery and historical hard copy maps and digitizing
•Performing datum transformations and coordinate system projections
•Integrating CAD data and KML content into ArcGIS
•Collecting field data for well locations, trenching, drilling, and other features using Trimble GPS
•Producing maps for regulatory and agency reports including Site Investigations, Technical Memos, Corrective Measures Evaluations, Treatability Studies, Monitoring Reports, Sampling and Analysis Plans
•Creating time-series charts, Piper diagrams and Stiff diagrams

•Former NAVFAC Base Realignment and Closure Sites:
o Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA (2006-2015)
o Groundwater Monitoring, Former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA- (2011-2013)
o Groundwater Monitoring, Former Naval Air Station Moffett Field, CA (2012-2015)
•Air quality monitoring, Caltrans Bay Bridge reconstruction, Oakland, CA (2013)
•Wastewater treatment system monitoring (back-up), LBNL, Berkeley, CA (2013)
•Soil sampling (assist), Sandia National Laboratories/CA, Livermore, CA (2019)

On all projects: coordinated field crews, collected and collated field data, processed samples for analysis, and trained crews in sampling, sample processing, and equipment calibration procedures.

VOLUNTEER & MILITARY EXPERIENCE: San Francisco Zoo Volunteer • CERT Emergency Preparedness Coordinator • Disability Respite Care Coordinator • Department Manager, U.S. Navy (E-5 honorable discharge)

Nicola Cook

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Posted 2020-06-08 under Geospatial