Janet Nackoney


Technical Adviser for GIS Analysis

Dr. Janet Nackoney is an Associate Research Professor with the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, USA. Her research interests lie in the use of geospatial technology for land use planning, biological conservation applications, such as wildlife habitat modeling and monitoring, and food security.  She currently contributes to a conservation land use planning project with the African Wildlife Foundation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an agricultural monitoring project with the Government of Tanzania, and a project focused on building a chimpanzee habitat monitoring system across Central and West Africa with the Jane Goodall Institute. Janet has been working at the University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences since 2006. Prior to this, she worked with the World Resources Institute (WRI) on ecosystem services mapping in Kenya and with the University of Georgia’s Natural Resources Spatial Analysis Lab on land use/land cover change mapping using remote sensing. She received both her PhD and Masters degrees from the University of Maryland and a BA in Geography from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  She serves as Vice President of the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) and co-leads the Washington, DC chapter of SCGIS. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Congo Education Partners (CEP), a non-profit that builds capacity for a small rural college located in northern DRC.