After serving as lead Project Manager for over 10 years, Andy Robertson assumed the position of GeoSpatial Services Director on June 01, 2015. In his role as Director, Andy is responsible for oversight and management of all GeoSpatial Services projects, activities and staff. He continues to lead the management of project resources for a wide range of spatial data development and natural resource related projects as well as provide supervision and development for technical staff. Andy also has primary responsibilities for customer relationship management, marketing, proposal preparation, hiring, and integration of GeoSpatial Services with the broader University community at Saint Mary’s. Andy has over 28 years of GIS project experience and has worked for a variety of public sector organizations, private companies and GIS/forestry consultants. Before joining GSS, his work activities were focused on forest management and providing GIS and IT consulting services to the forest products industry. From prior positions, Andy also has a diverse background in environmental management; site specific and regional level environmental impact assessments; the development of local and regional watershed management plans; implementation of biodiversity surveys and development wildlife management strategies. Through all of these initiatives, his focus has been on implementing appropriate GIS applications and other information technologies, such as GPS; image analysis, and field computing, to facilitate information gathering, analysis and decision support. Andy earned a Forest Technology Diploma from Sault College of Applied Technology in Ontario, Canada and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He also completed post-graduate courses and research in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. Andy is a Registered Professional Forest Technologist and a member of the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists, the Association of State Wetland Managers, the Canadian Institute of Forestry and the Society of American Foresters.
Kevin Stark has recently accepted the role of Assistant Director at GeoSpatial Services. He looks forward to this new role while continuing to contribute to wetland science and mapping work. Kevin earned a B.S. of Forestry from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1999, providing him with a broad natural resource education. From this degree, he followed a career path in arboriculture several years focusing on scientifically-based tree care. Then, after a few years advancing in retail management for a private electronics company, Kevin began the Masters of Science in GIS at Saint Mary’s. While earning his M.S. of GIS, Kevin began his time at GeoSpatial Services in 2006 as a student GIS technician. Then, from 2008 until 2015, he was a full-time GIS & Natural Resource Analyst, working on a wide variety of projects from the very first Natural Resource Condition Assessment to one of the first wetland functional assessment that GSS completed. Over the last several years, Kevin contributed to GSS projects ranging from oil industry GIS data conversion, imagery processing, wetland mapping, wetland field verification, and natural resource condition assessments for Alaska and Northern Great Plains National Parks. During his time working on natural resource condition assessments, Kevin focused on topics such as land cover/land use, native plant communities, and natural disturbance regimes (e.g. wildfire). Currently, his focus lies in wetland functional assessments and in advancing mapping techniques through the use of elevation derived products, hydrologic toolset parameters, and other GIS data. Outside of work Kevin loves spending time with his wife and two young boys, and he enjoys fishing, photography, canoeing, scuba-diving, and gardening (both native plants and vegetables).
Jeff graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Geography with an emphasis in environmental studies from the University of North Dakota. Jeff started at Saint Mary’s University as a GIS technician working on utility mapping projects in the spring of 2001. Prior to this he spent two years working for the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium at the University of North Dakota as a geospatial technician creating weekly vegetation maps for several states and analyzing satellite data for farmers using precision agricultural practices. As a GIS analyst for Geospatial Services he currently supervises the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) update projects being conducted throughout the State of Alaska. He is also a technical advisor with the Alaska Hydro Working Group, where he assists with technical advice and development of editing standards for a group of agencies in Alaska working on NHD updates. Jeff also instructs, mentors, and trains graduate students in the use of GIS. In his free time Jeff likes to be with his family, restore classic cars, and is very involved with volunteer work in his community.
Kris earned a B.S. in environmental geography from the University of North Dakota. She moved to Winona in 2001 to pursue her master’s in GIS at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and began working at GSS at that time. While at GSS, Kris has worked on numerous projects and has helped develop and implement the procedures used for the various projects including: utility mapping, image processing, photo interpretation, data conversion and The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) in Alaska. Kris also serves as a mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students allowing the students to obtain hands-on experience in the use of GIS.
David is wetland interpreter and GIS Analyst with GeoSpatial Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He obtained a B.S. in Geography – Physical Environment and minor in GIS from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2001. He then worked as a survey technician for RLK Inc. in Minnetonka, MN; performing registered land and topographic surveys, tree inventories, wetland delineations, preliminary and final plats, construction and utility staking, building layouts, and property and easement descriptions. For Vilas County, Wisconsin in 2003 he updated land use planning databases and survey descriptions and collected aquatic, invasive species data in local lakes. In 2005 he acquired a M.S. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Geographic Information Science – Natural Resource Management. Since then he has been involved with a number of a wetland mapping initiatives with GeoSpatial Services. Projects include partners from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, state DNRs, Army Corps. of Engineers, National Park Service, public universities, and private businesses. David is familiar with the following mapping standards: National Wetland Inventory, Wetland Status and Trends, Wetland Functional Capacity, Landscape Landform Water Flow Water Body Mapping, and Anderson Land Use classification. He focuses on wetland classification, signature matching, field verification and navigation, quality assurance and quality control, and convention documentation with GeoSpatial Services. David enjoys spending his free time engaged in outdoor activities, brewing beer and mead, gardening, cooking, and training his border collie.
John received his Bachelor's in geography from Moorhead State University and his Master's in geography with a minor in planning from South Dakota State. His primary area of expertise is wetland image analysis, as well as wetland plant and soils identification. Prior to joining GSS, John was an environmental consultant specializing in jurisdictional wetland delineation for real estate development and wetland mapping for local governments. He has worked for the National Wetlands Inventory Program as an Assistant Regional Wetlands Coordinator in Boston and Minneapolis, taking responsibility for quality assurance for wetland inventory projects in 13 eastern and eight north-central states. He also worked for Martel Laboratories, Inc., the principal contractor for the USFWS NWI Program, in St. Petersburg, FL. Outside of work, John enjoys golfing, fishing, and travel.
Andy graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2007 with an Environmental Biology major. Following the completion of his undergraduate research, he went to Boise State University in order to obtain a Masters Degree in Raptor Biology (’12). His Masters research focused on the population genetics of Bald Eagles in the Pacific Northwest, and the population’s recovery following a genetic bottleneck. Andy’s field experience includes avian surveys and population counts; fish mark and recapture, electro shocking, exotic species removal; and raptor capture, surveys, and bald eagle banding. In his free time, Andy is an avid disc golfer and continues his hockey career in adult hockey leagues. He also enjoys playing broomball in the winter with his wife Missy.
Kathy attended Knox College in Illinois as an undergraduate, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in biology with a concentration in environmental studies and earning honors for a senior research project in animal behavior. She went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development at UW-Madison. Her focus there was on land management and she participated in a project with the Wisconsin DNR, studying the expansion of a State Natural Area. She has worked for Prairie Restorations, Inc., as a management crew leader and with the MN Department of Agriculture’s gypsy moth trapping program. She also worked at a public charter school where she enjoyed sharing her passion for biology and love of the outdoors with children of all ages. Kathy joined GSS in 2010 and has worked on numerous Natural Resource Condition Assessments (NRCAs), the Badlands Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA), and National Wetland Inventory (NWI) updates for southern and northwestern Minnesota. Outside of work, Kathy is an avid cyclist and a board member for the local Sierra Club group.
Kevin joined GeoSpatial Services as a GIS Analyst in the fall of 2013. His educational background is in environmental studies and environmental geography, giving him a wide and varied understanding on how ecosystems function. He has an extensive and varied background in engineering/environmental consulting, specifically in the application of GIS analysis to describe and model natural resources. Kevin also has considerable experience in developing database and spreadsheet applications for collecting, warehousing, and analyzing natural resource data. Additionally, Kevin has also been in the development and application of analytical and geospatial tools for ecosystem services and environmental function analysis. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys woodworking, gardening and the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.
Roger joined the GeoSpatial Services team as a GIS Developer/Analyst in January of 2017. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Roger has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, Southern Africa, where he worked with local communities and government agencies to improve the management, protection and infrastructure of the Kgaladi Transfrontier Park and Tsodilo Hills National Monument. He also has diverse work experience with GIS and remote sensing-based projects, including 6 years of experience in developing and applying geospatial solutions for investigating the spatial components of aquatic ecosystem research for the Great Rivers and Great Lakes Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program at the EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Lab in Duluth, MN. Prior to joining GSS, he spent 7 years leading a project to map terrestrial habitats on the islands of American Samoa using remote sensing data. Roger enjoys spending his free time with his family, hiking, camping and traveling.
Eric began working at GeoSpatial Services in January of 2016 after a rewarding and lengthy career (16 years) in Collegiate Athletics. A desire for career change and a love of the outdoors led him to pursue a Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences at Saint Mary’s University. Originally, from Richfield, MN, Eric and his wife have loved living in the Winona area with their 2 dogs for many years. A passionate hunter and fisherman, he is more often than not found hunting and fishing and exploring the upper Mississippi and bluff lands of SE Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Nick graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2008. After earning his undergraduate degree, Nick interned with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the invasive species division. In 2010, Nick began pursuing a Masters of Geographic Information Science at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. During his graduate studies, he worked at GeoSpatial Services. As a student worker, Nick's projects primarily focused on: wetland data conversion, photographic interpretation of wetlands, and updating the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). In 2017, Nick accepted a full time position at GeoSpatial Services as a GIS Technician and is currently working on the National Wetland Inventory (NWI) update for Northwestern Minnesota. Outside of work, he likes to golf, fish, and cook.
Al is pursuing his M.S. in GIS at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. For his undergrad, he went to Augsburg College (now Augsburg University) and received a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a minor in sociology. He was introduced to GIS his senior year when he interned at Dove Tail Partners and helped plan a sustainable ATV/OHV trail in Aitkin and Itasca Counties. After college, he received a certificate in GIS from Penn State University. In his free time, he like to play guitar, hockey, and board games. He also enjoys long walks with his dog, playing guitar, rock climbing, and the occasional camping trip.
Peter received his Bachelor’s from Saint Mary’s in Winona and taught middle school for two years before deciding to return to his Alma Mater for a Master’s in GIS. Shortly after enrolling he began working at Geospatial Services where he worked mainly on wetland delineation in Northwestern Minnesota. During the same period, he was also employed as a forestry technician restoring bluff land prairie and eradicating invasive species. He left GSS and worked in local government, managing a parcel database and supporting county departments with GIS development before returning to GSS to assist with our expanding workload.
Outside of work, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He loves reading, classical music, anything outdoors, and managing the menagerie of animals which his family is constantly accumulating.
Darren originally joined GSS as a student intern while working towards a Masters of Science in Geographical Informational Systems at Saint Mary’s University. He graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience. Darren previously worked for the Southeastern Minnesota Water Resources Center and the Houston County Surveyor’s Office. In his free time he likes biking, reading, and watching hockey.
James originally started at GSS as a student worker in the Fall of 2017 while pursuing an undergraduate degree. James will graduate from Saint Mary’s with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/GIS in May 2019. He plans on enrolling in the fall at Saint Mary’s to finish out a Master’s degree in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics (DIGA). In his free time James enjoys kayaking, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycle, and helping his parents out with their various businesses.