Rebecca Degagne

GIS Analyst, Cartographer, Conservation Biologist, Lecturer with The Conservation Biology Institute; Oregon state University
Member since Mar 23, 2012 (last logged in Mar 29, 2018)
Rebecca Degagne

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I employ techniques in spatial analysis & modeling, remote sensing, and cartographic design to explore our world and help further conservation efforts.

In 2003, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Ecology & Visual Arts from Juniata College (PA), pursuing dual interests in science and art. During that time I worked as a field biologist, studied ceramics under noted potter and writer, Jack Troy, and had my first introduction to geospatial technology. Over the years, I went on to measure mollusks, sample spiders, identify invertebrates, and track toads. Intrigued by GIS as a conservation tool and means of analyzing data across multiple disciplines, I set out to pursue a career in the geospatial sciences.

After a GIS internship with The Nature Conservancy, I completed my master’s degree in GIS & Remote Sensing at Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) in 2007. My thesis research focused on mapping ecologically-important, monodominant forests in Guyana using satellite imagery.

In 2012, I joined the nonprofit Conservation Biology Institute (Corvallis, OR) as a GIS analyst and biologist. Prior to joining CBI, I taught courses in the geospatial sciences for several years at College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, where I also worked on numerous research projects spanning conservation, environmental science, planning, natural resources, and community mapping.

Currently, I'm having fun exploring my new home state and am excited to be teaching the online course "Global Environmental change: Using Data to Inform Decisions" through Oregon State University.

I continue to work in clay and exhibit my sculptural ceramics regionally and nationally. As an artist, I invite my audience to contemplate humankind’s relationship with nature. As a teacher, my goal is to pique students’ interest in geospatial analysis by illustrating the positive impact this technology can have on the world around them.
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