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Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones

Dr. Jones provides statewide coordination for geospatial data, initiatives, and policies. She serves the principal role in advancing geospatial goals of the State of Alaska and voice of the Alaska Geospatial Council. Leslie has 20 years of experience as a geospatial statistician in applied research science and advocates for open data, reproducible science, and use of GIS as a platform for data-driven decisions. In her position as GIO she promotes the value of modernizing technologies to foster data sharing and integration to enable more effective coordination across the State of Alaska.

Education and/or Training

Ph.D. 2016, Systems Ecology, University of Montana
National Science Foundation Fellow
Montana Institute on Ecosystems Fellow

M.S. 2012, Land Resources and Environmental Science, Montana State University
B.S. 1996, Statistics and Environmental Science, North Carolina State University

Professional Experience

2020-present, Geospatial Information Officer, State of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
2017-2020, Lead Aquatic Ecologist, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Center for Conservation Science, Anchorage, AK
2009-2017, Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, West Glacier, MT
2007-2009, Software Programmer/Geospatial Analyst, Trout Headwaters, Livingston, MT
2006-2007, Ecological Statistician, Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, Bozeman, MT
2001-2006, Research Specialist, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Selected Publications


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