GISjobs.com – It All Starts Here

  

Susan Benston

Kalamazoo, MI, USA

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

GIS expertise using ESRI products in
Spatial analysis
Land use/land cover analysis
Decision support
Project management
Grant writing
Training and professional presentations
See: https://arcg.is/18L4GW1

EDUCATION

Master of Arts, 2010, Geography with Concentration in Geographic Techniques (GIS)
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Master of Social Work, 1999, Policy, Planning and Administration Concentration
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Bachelor of Arts, 1987, Sociology
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: GEOGRAPHY / GIS

GIS Specialist at Kieser & Associates, LLC, Kalamazoo, MI
February 2015 Present

Spatial analysis focused on agriculture and ecosystem services, land use/land cover analysis, and management of aquatic vegetation survey data.
Cartography for water and agricultural engineering projects using ArcGIS.
Coordination of project timelines and budgets to meet grantee or customer requirements.
Writing and editing of scientific and technical documents related to water and agricultural engineering projects.

Lab Manager/Staff Research Assistant at Geography Dept., Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
July 2011 August 2013

Cartography, geostatistics, and model validation for a weather-based integrated pest and crop management decision support system as part of a research team.
GIS analysis, accuracy verification, research paper editing, article submission and grant reporting for USDA Integrated Pest Management: Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (RAMP) grant project (2008-02925), including two published papers.
New student worker training in research tasks for USDA Integrated Pest Management: RAMP project.

Graduate Research Assistant at Geography Department, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
September 2009 May 2010

Investigated economic, uncertainty and risk perception factors related to a weather-based integrated pest and crop management decision support system as part of a research team.
Co-wrote annual report for USDA Integrated Pest Management: RAMP grant (2008-02925).

GIS Department Intern at Department of Public Services, City of Three Rivers, Three Rivers, MI
October 2008 August 2010

Assisted with developing GIS based management system for city owned Riverside Cemetery.
Ensured accuracy in attribute and spatial data related to historic and current cemetery management.
Presented to community groups regarding the plans and progress of the cemetery mapping project.

GIS Intern at Planning Department, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo, MI
July 2009 September 2009

Identified critical corrections for county centerline layer, based on attribute data and aerial photography.
Digitized new construction and modified existing data, based on aerial photography and construction plans.

Teaching Assistant at Geography Department, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
September 2008 April 2009

Assisted undergraduate students with understanding research methods and statistical tests.
Graded written work of undergraduate students in various courses in Geography Department.

Susan Benston

You must be a registered/logged in employer to contact job seekers.

  

Printable version of this page
Posted 2021-04-02 under Contract & Freelance