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James DePasquale

Forest Spatial GIS Analyst, Impact Management

Palmer, Alaska

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Areas of Expertise

GIS, spatial analysis, cartography, hydrography, forestry, LiDAR, land management

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Andrew Tingley
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James provides geospatial, science and planning support on NatureVest forestry projects with a focus on carbon and climate related conservation outcomes. He brings over two decades of experience in developing novel and resilient solutions to sustainable forest management with a focus on remote sensing and cartography.

James is part of the NatureVest Impact Management team. The team is working towards the following key objectives:

  • Establishing minimum standards for investments to avoid negative environmental impacts
  • Identifying opportunities for investments to deliver impact alongside returns
  • Advising on best practices for land and water management
  • Measuring climate and biodiversity outcomes
  • James is currently focused on using spatial analyses to develop new ways of strengthening the climate resiliency of commercial forests in the U.S.

    James has received several awards during his career as a GIS analyst and cartographer. He developed a new, technical process for mapping streams and rivers in Alaska for which he received a Special Achievement in Hydrographic Mapping award from the USGS. He won first place in the map competition at the Annual Esri International User Conference and his work has been published on the cover of the annual Esri Map Book as well as in TNC’s annual Geospatial Atlas.

    Prior to joining NatureVest, James worked for TNC's Alaska program for nine years.

    Little-known facts about James include that he plays the digeridoo and has also recently acquired a small flock of chickens.

    Education and Designations:

  • AAS in Forestry, Paul Smith's College
  • BA in Economics, Clark University 
  • Graduate Certificate in GIS, Penn State University
  • Certified Geographic Information Systems professional
  • Articles/Publications:

  • TNC Cool Green Science Blog Post: 
    Can Maps Help Chart the Future for People and Salmon?
  • Alaska Journal of Commerce:
    Mat-Su Mapping Study Doubles Borough Stream Miles
  • StateScoop Magazine:
    How to Build a Successful 3D Elevation Program Partnership in your State
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