Saturday, December 10, 2016

National Drought Mitigation Center

Who We Are

John Swigart

John joined the NDMC in June 2016 as a geospatial analyst.  He spent the previous nine years as the GIS coordinator for the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.  Here he analyzed and managed spatial data in support of a full range of natural resource management undertakings including landscape restoration, ecological monitoring, land-use planning, and wildland fire management.  A licensed teacher, he also taught and tutored secondary mathematics and science while in New Mexico. 

Prior to that, John was employed as an archaeologist/GIS specialist with the Nebraska State Historical Society.  In addition to archaeological compliance work for highway construction, he designed and developed the Nebraska Cultural Resource GIS.  This is a comprehensive spatial database of all known archaeological sites and surveys in the state with a customized user interface so the non-specialist can easily access, query and map the data.  John received the 2014 Asa T. Hill award for this effort.

John enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking, camping, hiking and gardening.  He is very interested in mathematics and hopes to pursue an advanced degree in the discipline.  He was born and raised in Nebraska and is thrilled to be back home and bringing his experience to the NDMC and his alma mater, the University of Nebraska.

Education

  • M.A. in anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001
  • B.A. in anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992

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