Lead Conservation Technology Manager
In The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter, Kelly is the Lead Conservation Technology Manager at the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve where she oversees GIS and technology projects related to the operation, management, and research at the Preserve.
Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from University of California, Berkeley. There she used a geospatially motivated and interdisciplinary approach pairing historical vegetation maps and plots with modern forest inventories and remotely sensed derivative products to describe and quantify nearly a century of change in the structure and composition of California’s forests and woodlands. Prior to joining TNC Kelly was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the California Heartbeat Initiative, she linked field-based experiments and sensor networks with repeat UAV surveys to study plant-water interactions across California.
What Kelly is working on now:
I am leading the development of a geospatial infrastructure to support ongoing operation, management, research, and monitoring at the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve.
This paper details a first of its kind approach to land classification, using random forests and multivariate regression trees and historical Landsat satellite imagery to map and then assess changes in oak canopies at the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. Using this “topoclimatic-edaphic” approach to…
This 5-year action plan describes the vision for invasive plant species mapping, monitoring and treatment at the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve in Sourthern California. The plan is adaptive and will updated as new species, management approaches (including new and emerging technologies), and monitoring results…
Cattle grazing is the dominant land management tool TNC has to manage biodiversity and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire at the TNC's Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. This Rangeland Management Plan, intended to guide rangeland management through 2025, details the adaptive management approach TNC…
Butterfield, H.S., M. Reynolds , M.G. Gleason, M. Merrifield, B.S. Cohen, W.N. Heady, D. Cameron, T. Rick, E. Inlander, M. Katkowski, L. Riege, J. Knapp, S. Gennet, G. Gorga, K. Lin, K. Easterday, B. Leahy, M. Bell
This Plan frames the biological and cultural significance and provides the short- and long-term goals, objectives, and priority actions for the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve.